Toyota has been pretty busy in the last year or so. The Japanese company introduced so many interesting novelties, especially in the SUV department. We saw the new Land Cruiser Prado, along with the next-generation Lexus GX. Now, everybody is eagerly waiting to see the new 4Runner, one of the most important Toyota models in North America. But what about the rest of the world? Well, the rest of the world has its own kind of 4Runner, and it is called Fortuner. This is one of the toughest SUVs Toyota offers, which isn’t surprising considering that it’s heavily based on one of the world’s most iconic pickups – the Hilux. And now, we are waiting for the all-new 2025 Toyota Fortuner to come.
Things are pretty simple here. The current generation has been around since 2016. On the other hand, rivals like Ford Everest and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport have been updated recently, so Toyota needs something fresh to remain competitive. That’s why the next year is about to bring an all-new version of this SUV. Once again, we will see a familiar design approach.
2025 Toyota Fortuner Redesign
The next-generation 2025 Toyota Fortuner will certainly bring a lot of novelties. New design, new interior, new powertrain options – all these things will be updated and upgraded. But, the overall layout won’t change. The new model will carry on as a rugged, body-on-frame SUV, with some serious off-road pretensions. Of course, the most radical change will be the switch to the new GA-F platform. That’s the one that underpins the entire BoF lineup of new models.
The benefits will be numerous, starting from weight savings, improved torsional rigidity, lower center of gravity and many more. But once again, most of the parts will be shared with the Hilux, which will also get a full redesign in the next year. So, don’t expect this SUV to be as refined as the new Land Cruiser Prado, for example. Count on a more straightforward suspension setup, although the 2025 Toyota Fortuner won’t be as rudimental as the pickup sibling. Instead of leaf springs, the Fortuner rather relies on multi-link, coil spring rear suspension.
Of course, the new generation will bring new styling and we can already see digital rendering on the network. They all show similarities with the new Prado, but we presume the new front end could be identical to the new Hilux, which is expected to borrow many details from the new Tacoma. In any case, that’s pretty much in line with what we can call Toyota’s contemporary design language. Rugged, aggressive and way more appealing than before – that would be the best words to describe it.
On the other hand, the overall shape definitely won’t change. Moreover, the overall size and proportions are expected to remain largely the same, including the wheelbase. This latter is particularly important because it determines the vehicle’s off-road potential, and we are pretty sure that Toyota is once again going to sacrifice a bit of interior comfort, in order to make the new Fortuner ready to deal with some pretty tough terrain because that’s where this SUV usually operates.
This leads us to the interior design. Given the minimal changes in size we expect, it’s pretty much for sure that the new generation is about to offer similar amounts of passenger and cargo space. On the other hand, it will get a completely new cabin design, which is arguably one of the most needed upgrades, according to the masses. The current model doesn’t look particularly impressive. So, we expect better build quality and nicer materials, though we have no doubt that the function-over-form approach will once again prevail. Naturally, new tech goodies will come as well, including the new infotainment system, much bigger screens, new connectivity options and many more.
2025 Toyota Fortuner Engines
As for the powertrain, the new platform opens up all kinds of new possibilities. We might even see a hybrid powertrain on offer, while the new turbo-four is almost a certain thing. Still, let’s not forget where this SUV usually operates.
This SUV is primarily sold in parts of the world like Australia and South East Asia and there, ruggedness and durability play the major role. That’s why we have no doubt that the vast majority of the offer will remain reserved for the diesel version. Of course, we are talking about the well-known 2.8-liter turbo-four diesel unit. It may get a slight power upgrade, even though the current version is already capable, with a max output that goes over 150kW and 500Nm of torque. Also, we expect to see a new transmission, an 8-speed unit instead of the current 6-speed gearbox.
2025 Toyota Fortuner Release Date
The all-new, next-generation 2025 Toyota Fortuner is expected to arrive sometime in the next year, most likely in the second half.