Toyota has given the Fortuner in Thailand a subtle mid-life update – the pick-up-based SUV has received a couple of choice tweaks in the Land of Smiles to keep it competitive in the marketplace.

The big news is the introduction of the 1,499,000 baht (RM193,100) 2.4V 4WD auto variant, making it the cheapest four-wheel drive Fortuner available in Thailand. Previously, buyers looking for all-paw traction had to spring for the range-topping 2.8V 4WD auto model, priced at 1,649,000 baht (RM212,500).

Other changes include LED fog lights, new side indicator and tail light lenses and redesigned side steps, while inside there’s a new eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat to match the driver’s pew. Also fitted are rear disc brakes on all but the base 2.4G 2WD manual.

Powertrains remain unchanged, so buyers get a choice between 150 PS/400 Nm 2.4 litre and 177 PS/450 Nm 2.8 litre turbodiesel engines or a 166 PS/245 Nm 2.7 litre naturally-aspirated Dual VVT-i petrol mill, mated to six-speed manual and automatic transmission.

Prices have risen across the board, so they now start at 1,239,000 baht (RM159,600) for the 2.4G 2WD manual, rising up to 1,419,000 baht (RM182,800) for the 2.4V 2WD auto, 1,569,000 baht (RM202,100) for the 2.7V 2WD auto and 1,579,000 baht (RM203,400) 2.8V 4WD auto.

Meanwhile, the TRD Sportivo models are priced at 1,689,000 baht (RM217,600) for the 2.8 2WD auto model and 1,759,000 baht (RM226,600) for the 2.8 4WD auto model; the White Pearl CS and black roof option costs an extra 20,000 baht (RM2,600).