Toyota recently launched the facelift of the Innova Crysta which is their MPV. It is one of the most successful products that Toyota has ever launched in India. Recently, the facelift of Fortuner was also spied in Banglore during a TVC shoot. The facelift of the Fortuner might be called Fortuner Legender. It is expected to hit the Indian market in January 2021. The unofficial bookings for the Legender are already open. You can read more about the launch details by clicking here.
It was important for Toyota to launch a facelift of the Fortuner because the competition got stiffer. Ford launched a minor facelift to the Endeavour with which it got a new engine, some feature updates and some cosmetic changes to make it look more attractive. MG Motors also launched the Gloster, which is currently the most powerful and feature-loaded SUV that you can buy in the Indian market. So, it was a high time for Toyota to finally release the facelift for the Indian market.
The Legender variant will be a more bold and premium looking version of the Fortuner that is speculated to be on sale alongside the regular Fortuner. The Legender will also get more features than the regular Fortuner. We can see the sharper-looking front. It gets sleeker LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, piano-black elements that surround the headlamps, and the grille. The new more aggressive grille does resemble the grilles that we have seen on Lexus models which is a sister sibling of Toyota that offers more premium products. It gets a chunkier silver skid plate and a horizontal LED lights below the front fog lamps. The side profile gets new diamond-cut alloy wheels which seems bigger than the current ones.
We can also see the dual-tone paint design where the SUV is finished in White but the roof and the C-pillar gets a Black paint. This gives a floating-roof effect to the Fortuner. The roof spoiler and the lower part of the outside rearview mirrors are also finished in Black. The rear has not been changed much. It gets slightly redesigned LED tail lamps and some reflectors. All of these design changes give the Fortuner Legender a more muscular and appealing look. These will also help in increasing the road presence of the SUV.
The interior updates will include a tweaked instrument cluster with Multi-information display, dual-tone treatment for the cabin and leather upholstery. Toyota will also be upgrading the infotainment unit to the latest one that was released with the recently launched Innova Crysta Facelift. It will now be of 9-inches instead of 8-inches that is on the current generation. The new touchscreen infotainment system will also support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Fortuner Legender might also offer a wireless phone charger, air purifier and a 360-degree parking camera.
Powering the Toyota Fortuner Legender will be the same 2.8-litre diesel. The diesel engine will be retuned to produce 204 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 500 Nm. It will be mated to a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The Legender will be sold only with a diesel engine.