The Airtrek also will get a new name.
The suspension and powertrain also will be changed. Asked if the vehicle would get a V-6, Torok responded: "No promises."
The vehicle will be positioned as an alternative to mid-range sport-utilities, Torok said last month at the Frankfurt auto show.
The Japan-market Airtrek offers a 2.4-liter direct-injection engine or a less expensive 2.0-liter engine.