The new Toyota Fortuner SUV has been spotted in Malaysia once again. New photographs of the seven-seater SUV were sent to us by Tengku Izuddin this time, who spied the model in Padang Jawa, Shah Alam.

Two examples of the second-gen Fortuner have been snapped together, each interestingly equipped with two different sets of wheels. The SUV in the frontal shot seems to be fitted with similar wheels to the vehicle that was spied earlier in Shah Alam. The second photo, a three-quarter shot of the SUV’s rear, shows it to be fitted with slightly different, smaller wheels instead.

The Fortuner’s badges remain completely masked as before, but a closer look at its rear reveals that it has an “Intercooler VNT” decal. Apart from the fact that “VNT” refers to Toyota’s existing variable nozzle turbodiesel technology, there’s still no telling which of the car maker’s new diesel engines are in use here.

In neighbouring Thailand, the new Fortuner was revealed with two new GD series turbodiesel engines – a 2.8 litre 1GD-FTV with 177 hp and 450 Nm of torque, and a 2.4 litre 2GD-FTV with 150 hp and 400 Nm. Both of these engines displaced the existing 3.0 and 2.5 litre diesel lumps.

Previous Toyota Fortuner spyshots.

An improved 2.7 litre Dual-VVT-I petrol engine is also offered there, pushing out 166 hp and 245 Nm of torque. The new Fortuner also gains a new six-speed torque converter automatic transmission which replaces the four-speed auto unit. A six-speed manual is reserved for the lower-spec units.

Currently, the Fortuner in Malaysia is available with either the old 2.7 litre petrol engine or the 2.5 litre turbodiesel option. New engines for us are almost a given, but which ones exactly remains to be seen. We’re also banking on the six-speed auto and 4×4 drive to be standard on local models.

As uncovered earlier, UMW Toyota will be introducing three new models from its IMV family in Malaysia this year. The Fortuner SUV you see here will be joined by the Hilux pick-up truck and the Innova MPV. The three vehicles are expected to be launched in the country in the second and third quarter of the year.

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