Last month, UMW Toyota revealed the updated Toyota Fortuner, which comes with two additional high-spec diesel variants and a couple of detail changes. At the time, the company only released new prices for the existing entry-level 2.4 AT 4×4 diesel (dropping the VRZ badge) and 2.7 SRZ AT 4×4 petrol models, but now we have the retail costs of the new variants as they go on sale effective immediately.

Prices for the new 2.4 VRZ variants stand at RM185,800 for the 4×2 model and RM195,800 for the 4×4, so they sit above the hitherto range-topping RM181,800 2.7 SRZ AT 4×4. Meanwhile, the 2.4 AT 4×4 remains the cheapest model in the stable, priced at RM169,800. All prices are on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

Changes for the 2018 model year are fairly minor, relegated to new LED front fog lights on the 2.4 VRZ and 2.7 SRZ models, plus rear disc brakes that come as standard on all variants. As for the new variants, the 2.4 VRZ 4×2 and 4×4 are pretty much identical in spec compared to the 2.7 SRZ, which should come as no surprise given the price premium over the petrol model.

Kit count includes auto bi-LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, puddle lights, keyless entry, push-button start, a 4.2-inch colour multi-info display, auto front and rear air-con, cruise control, brown leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, premium solar and security tint, a powered tailgate and a DVD-AVX infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen and six speakers. The 2.7 SRZ still has an upper hand by having a navigation system, but that’s about it.

Safety-wise, the 2.4 VRZ models also follow in the 2.7 SRZ with seven airbags (including one for the driver’s knee), ABS with EBD and brake assist and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC). The 4×4 model also receives Active Traction Control (A-TRC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC) – the latter is also new on the 2.7 SRZ. The base 2.4 continues to offer three airbags and no stability control.

Mechanicals remain the same as before – the 2.4 litre models get a 2GD-FTV 2.4 litre turbodiesel pushing out 150 PS at 3,400 rpm and 400 Nm from 1,600 to 2,000 rpm, while the 2.7 SRZ receives a 2TR-FE 2.7 litre naturally-aspirated Dual VVT-i petrol engine that churns out 166 PS at 5,200 rpm and 245 Nm at 4,000 rpm.

All models get a six-speed automatic transmission, with the 2.4 VRZ and 2.7 SRZ getting paddle shifters. The 2.4 VRZ 4×2 is rear-wheel drive; all other models gain a part-time four-wheel drive system with an automatic disconnecting differential (ADD) as well as a rear differential lock.

New optional accessories also join the fray in the form a TRD Sportivo body kit (RM4,982), which includes an aerokit, black front grille, emblem, body stripes, specific floors mats and scuff plate. There’s also a panoramic view monitor (RM2,650) and a blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert (RM1,855) as well, and all these prices are inclusive of GST.