From RM 167k, new 2.8L engine, 2021 Toyota Fortuner launched in Malaysia

Sanjay ยท Feb 02, 2021 08:44 PM

UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has launched the 2021 Toyota Fortuner in Malaysia via an online event just a moment ago. Three variants of the locally-assembled (CKD), 7-seater sports utility vehicle (SUV) are offered, and prices start from RM 167,357.40.

But that's not all, the 2021 Toyota Innova facelift was also launched alongside this SUV.

Toyota Fortuner variants and prices

Although technically there's still three variants, the 2.4 variant is only available in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan. Here's the list of variants and prices that's currently on offer:

2021 Toyota Fortuner facelift price list
Variants Price
2.4 AT 4x4 (only available in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan) RM 167,357.40
2.7 SRZ AT 4x4 RM 172,244.00
2.8 VRZ AT 4x4 RM 203,183.00
All prices shown are on-the-road without insurance and sans-SST, valid until 30-June 2021.

Biggest news - new engine

The biggest update here is the engine - the 2.8-litre turbodiesel from the Toyota Hilux Rogue now sees duty in the facelifted Fortuner. Here's the specs of the Fortuner's powertrain:

Fortuner variants and powertrains
2.4 4x4


2.4-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel

150 PS / 400 Nm

6-speed automatic

2.7 SRZ 4x4


2.7-litre, four-cylinder, naturally-aspirated petrol engine

166 PS / 245 Nm

6-speed automatic

2.8 VRZ 4x4 


2.8-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel

205 PS / 500 Nm

6-speed automatic

The SRZ and VRZ variants come with Auto Limited Slip Differential (A-LSD) - a trick system that controls braking and when one of the rear wheels start to spin. Useful in difficult, low-traction conditions.

Like the Hilux Rogue too, the 2.8 VRZ comes with the Variable Flow Control (VFC) power steering system which adjusts power steering assistance depending on driving speed.

A refreshed exterior

Typical of refreshes, the Fortuner gets a host of exterior updates, chiefly the redesigned front bumper that houses redesigned foglamps, turn signals and position lamps.

A closer look at the Fortuner's updated lights.

With the new front bumper comes a pair of sharper, slimmer LED head lights - the 2.7 SRZ gets bi-beam LED units, while the range-topping 2.8 VRZ gets quad-beam ones.

Changes round the back are subtler, save for the lightly-tweaked tail lamps and rear bumper.

Both 2.7 SRZ and 2.8 VRZ ride on new, dual-tone 18-inch wheels. 

There's a choice of six colours - Medium Silver Metallic, Silver Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, Phantom Brown Metallic, Super White II and the new Bronze Mica Metallic.

The Bronze Mica Metallic and Super White II colours can be specified with black A-pillars, wing mirrors, roof-mounted rear spoiler and roof, but note that this is exclusive to the 2.8 SRZ variant.

What else is new?

Yes, there's Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

The facelifted Fortuner still retains its dual-tone interior, but with a subtler dark red/black combo.

Notable features include a wireless charger (optional accessory) below the centre armrest and USB ports for third row occupants.

There's also a rather stylish gear lever surround, finished in black marble. 

Other new stuff include a much clearer-looking instrument panel, in which its Multi Information Display (MID) benefits from a new opening animation as well as additional information for the driver. 

The 2.7 SRZ and 2.8 VRZ variants also get ambient lighting, electrochromic rearview mirror, and electric seats adjustment for both the driver and front passenger. 

Beyond these touches, the Fortuner also gains a hands-free powered tailgate.

Safety - now with Toyota Safety Sense

The Fortuner gets 7 airbags.

Exclusive to the 2.8 VRZ is the partial Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), encompassing these features:

  • Pre-collision System (AEB)
  • Lane Departure Alert 
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Yaw Assist Function

The Fortuner also comes with a 3D panoramic view monitor (PVM, essentially 360-degree camera)

Anything else I should know?

UMWT backs the Fortuner with a 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage.

These launches today aren't the only Toyota cars we can look forward to this year however - take a look at this list to see what else is coming!