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During a recent announcement on UMW Toyota’s imminent arrivals for 2016 – new Hilux, Alphard and Vellfire – no mention was made about the Fortuner (or Innova for that matter). However, thanks to Hakimin Zahid, who spotted the SUV in Shah Alam, we could soon see the seven-seater debut here as well.

Like the new Toyota Hilux that was sighted earlier, the Fortuner seen here has nearly every badge, decal and what not, taped over. That means it’s hard to tell if the example seen here carries the new GD-series turbodiesel engines or the new 2.7 litre Dual VVT-i four-cylinder petrol mill (2TR-FE).

The former is available in 2.4 (1GD-FTV) and 2.8 (2GD-FTV) litre capacities, with power outputs rated at 150 hp/400 Nm and 177 hp/450 Nm, respectively. The petrol powerplant meanwhile, churns out 166 hp and 245 Nm.

Given that the current Fortuner offered to Malaysians can be had with a 2.7 litre petrol or 2.5 litre turbodiesel, we expect the mix bag of the new engines to be present at launch as well, although it is uncertain if we will get both GD engines.

In Thailand, the engines are mated to a new six-speed automatic (previously a four-speed) with two- and four-wheel drive available. Expect our local, new Fortuner to follow suit, with 4WD being favoured.

Based on the photos, it’s hard to tell if the new slim headlights are of the LED variety although the partly-visible LED DRLs to hint at such a lighting setup. However, what is clearly evident are the 18-inch alloy wheels, body decals and door visors.

Although no interior shots were provided, we already know that the Fortuner gets a more sophisticated-looking interior that is noticeably different from the Hilux, which it is based on.

Highlights include a Camry-style Optitron instrument cluster with a large colour TFT LCD multi-info display, seven-inch infotainment display, electric-powered seats and automatic air-conditioning. However, it is yet unknown if we will get such goodies. Looking forward to the new Fortuner’s arrival?


GALLERY: 2016 Toyota Fortuner