Toyota Fortuner will get diesel-Hybrid Options.
According to a report by CarMag, Toyota South Africa has recently announced that the upcoming models of Toyota Fortuner and Hilux will feature mild-hybrid powertrains. These vehicles will be based on the TNGA-F platform, which also supports other Toyota models like the Land Cruiser 300, Tacoma, and Lexus LX500d.
Toyota’s new management policy includes a multi-pathway approach to New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) and conventional models, instead of focusing solely on electrification. This approach will tailor products to specific market needs, including emerging markets in the Global South such as South Africa. No details on the specific models have been disclosed.
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The TNGA-F platform enables the accommodation of hybrid powertrains, unlike the previous IMV architecture. As per reports, the mild-hybrid system could be paired with the current 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine, which delivers 201 BHP and 500 Nm.
While it is too early to comment on the specifics of the new hybridized powertrains, it is expected that both Toyota Fortuner and Hilux mild-hybrids will be launched worldwide in 2024. However, it remains to be seen when they will be available in the Indian market.