Facelifted Toyota Fortuner scores a perfect 5-star rating in ASEAN NCAP crash test

Toyota launched the facelifted version of the Fortuner in Thailand and Indonesia recently. The facelift will be launched in the Indian market sometime in early 2021. The Thailand-spec of the Fortuner facelift has been tested by ASEAN NCAP and it has received a perfect score of five stars.

The Toyota Fortuner facelift’s crash test results are 87.46 points, which gives it a five-star rating. It should be noted that ASEAN NCAP has not crashed tested a Fortuner. Instead, a Hilux was used for the crash test and the Fortuner’s capability is an extension of the same. ASEAN NCAP claims that Fortuner has comparable occupant protection to the tested pickup. They also said that the technical evidence was provided by Toyota proves the same. Click here to read their official report.

The Fortuner scored 34.03 points out of 36 for Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), 43.38 points out of 49 for Child Occupant Protection (COP) and 13 points out of 18 for Safety Assist Technologies (SATs) category. The front impact score is 14.53 and a side-impact score of 16 are similar to the Hilux but the Fortuner is ahead of Hilux by scoring 3.5 against 2.4 for the head protection.

Earlier this year, the Fortuner facelift was spotted testing in India. It will launch by early 2021 and will get a price hike too. The updated version gets a new front grille with redesigned LED headlamps. Toyota has also tweaked the front bumper of the car and has added larger air dams that adds a menacing look. On the side, the changes are limited with newly designed alloy wheels though.

Also, the LED tail lamps and a new bumper makes the rear of the car look much different and aggressive. Toyota has also updated the cabin of the Fortuner and has added a new touchscreen with Apple CarPlay capability but there is no Android Auto system. The driver instrument panel has been updated with a 4.2-inch MID. Other features include 360-degree camera, automatic climate control system, wireless phone charger and more.

Toyota will offer 7 airbags, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and electronic stability control will be available with the Indian-spec of the SUV. However, it might still be missing a sunroof.

In the Thailand market, Toyota has updated the diesel engine. The 2.8-litre four-cylinder engine now produces a maximum power of 204 PS of maximum power and 500 Nm of peak torque. The output has increased from the version that is on sale in India. Toyota will continue to offer the 2.7-litre petrol engine variant with the updated version too.