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The 2016 Toyota Fortuner will be unveiled really soon – July 17, to be exact. But, here it is in full ahead of its planned debut, thanks to a few leaked shots of the new seven-seat SUV’s brochure.

On the outside, these photos just confirm what we’ve already known since March this year: that the Fortuner is going all futuristic this time around. It gets slim head- and taillights, a ‘floating roof’ effect thanks to blacked-out pillars and prominent kick-up rear haunches to make it really stand out.

What is surprising is the interior, fully revealed in these shots. It adopts a completely different dashboard from that of the new Hilux, on which it is based. From the looks of it, it’s a much more premium and upscale affair, lifting it a few rungs ahead of its pick-up cousin. Should finally do the SUV’s more premium price justice, then.

You can expect it to share the same range of engines that are offered on the new Hilux. On the diesel front, the 177 hp/450 Nm 2.8 litre 1GD-FTV and 150 hp/400 Nm 2.4 litre 2GD-FTV from the GD family should take over from the current 2.5 and 3.0 litre options. The 2.7 litre petrol engine, meanwhile, will be a newer 166 hp/245 Nm Dual VVT-i unit.

So, do you think it will be a match for the new Ford Everest?