The new Australia-bound Fortuner made its first official appearance last week, revealed at simultaneous events in Sydney and Bangkok as a nod to the important role both nations have played in the new SUV’s development.
The SUV shown in Sydney was described as a pre-production prototype, which meant that, as with the new HiLux before it, Toyota Australia plans to reveal the Fortuner’s interior and equipment details in the weeks ahead.
The company’s Thai arm appears more advanced in its local marketing campaign, however, with images and details of the new off-roading seven-seater’s cabin now available to all.
Our first look at the new HiLux’s interior came through the same portal and, while it could not be confirmed at the time, Toyota Australia’s later release confirmed that both markets will share largely identical interior styling.
If history repeats itself with the Fortuner, we can likely look to these new images as our first look at the interior of the Australian model.
These images reveal that just as the related Fortuner and HiLux models wear distinctly unique exterior styling, both models will also get their own stand-apart interior design.
For the Fortuner, that means a longer dashtop curve above a LandCruiser-inspired centre stack that features two padded columns, framing a large centre display that showcases an integrated design rather than the protruding table-like arrangement of the HiLux.
A unique centre console can also be seen, but both off-roaders will feature the same new steering-wheel design.
Perhaps most importantly, for those familiar with the phenomenon, is the clear presence of Toyota’s undying 80s-era LCD dash clock.
These marketing shots also offer a first look at the Fortuner’s seating layout, including the two third-row seats at the very rear.
Watch for the Fortuner to make its Australian debut in October, and catch our extensive coverage at the links below.
Thanks to CarAdvice reader 'Easy Peasy' for these images.