Barely a week in and the new Toyota Fortuner SUV has been spotted yet again. A set of frontal shots were taken and sent in to us by Mohd Syakirin Rusdi. This time, the Fortuner was seen in Tanjung Malim, travelling on the PLUS Highway.

Interestingly, the unit with a clearer view of its face seems to be sporting black surrounds for its fog lamps, as opposed to the chrome pieces the other car (and earlier models) is wearing. This could indicate that it’s a mid-spec or entry-level variant. The chrome bits, different wheels and LED DRLs also prove that the brown unit is a higher-spec variant.

It would make sense as it was previously spotted in Shah Alam, wearing the same wheels and having the same chrome bits as well. Apart from that, it was seen earlier wearing an “Intercooler VNT” badge at the rear, which points to Toyota’s variable nozzle turbodiesel technology.

In Thailand, the Fortuner was unveiled with two new GD series turbodiesel engines – a 2.8 litre 1GD-FTV with 177 hp/450 Nm and a 2.4 litre 2GD-FTV with 150 hp/400 Nm, which replace the previous 3.0 litre and 2.5 litre diesel units. An improved version of the 2.7 litre Dual-VVT-I petrol engine with 166 hp/245 Nm is also being offered there too.

Thailand also gets a new six-speed torque converter automatic transmission, which replaces the previous four-speed automatic. A six-speed manual transmission is available for the lower-specced variants there.

However, it still remains a mystery as to which of the new engines we will receive. The current Fortuner in Malaysia is offered with an ageing 2.7 litre petrol unit or a 2.5 litre turbodiesel unit.

The Fortuner will join the new Hilux pick-up truck and new Innova MPV. All the three models from the IMV range are expected to be launched by the second and third quarter of the year. Similarly, the Toyota Alphard and Vellfire will also be arrive in Malaysia by the third quarter, as revealed earlier.

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