As reported by CarAdvice earlier, from August 2021 production onwards all variants of the Toyota HiLux ute will gain vehicle tracking technology to thwart thieves, an automatic SOS service that activates after a serious crash, the SR5 model grade and above will gain dual zone air-conditioning, and the flagship Rogue will gain a 360-degree camera.
The same upgrades are due on the Toyota Fortuner. All models from August 2021 production will gain the vehicle tracking and SOS tech and be distinguished by a “shark fin” antenna.
All Toyota Fortuner models from the GXL grade and up will gain dual zone air-conditioning, while the flagship Crusade also gains a 360-degree camera.
The top-of-the-range Toyota Fortuner Crusade will also gain technology that still remains missing on the Toyota HiLux: rear cross-traffic alert and blind zone warning.
The fitment of rear cross-traffic alert and blind zone warning on the Crusade is likely in anticipation of the tech being available on newer competitors in the seven-seat 4WD segment.
The upcoming Isuzu MU-X 4WD is expected to come standard with rear cross-traffic alert and blind zone warning on all model grades (as per the D-Max ute), whereas Toyota is yet to democratise the technology and has reserved it for only the most expensive model in the Fortuner range.
The confidential Toyota dealer bulletin says the above upgrades outlined for the Toyota Fortuner are subject to change and won’t be confirmed until the first cars arrive in local showrooms in September or October.
However, there is no mention of more power this time around. The Toyota Fortuner's 2.8-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder got a boost from 130kW/450Nm to 150kW/500Nm last year.
Pricing has not been announced, either, however CarAdvice has been told there will be modest price rises associated with the technology.
This will leave buyers who have placed a deposit in a predicament. If there was no change to the vehicle, the dealer would be obliged to honour the price.
However, given there are significant changes to the vehicle, buyers could be asked to pay the price difference or choose to walk away from their order and get a refund of their deposit.