Toyota Fortuner is the most popular full-size SUV in the Indian market. Recently, the upcoming Fortuner Legender has been spied on the Indian roads. We know that the Fortuner was in despite need for an update. Its main rival, the Ford Endeavour got an update and MG Motors launched an all-new SUV named as Gloster in the same segment. So, it was important for Toyota to update the Fortuner so that it can continue to compete in the segment.
The Fortuner Legender is a more premium version of the Fortuner, which was launched earlier in some of the international markets, but now it has made its way to our country. The Legender version gets a more aggressive and aerodynamic look. It gets a sharper set of Bi-projector LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, a sharper mesh grille with piano-black surrounds, faux skid plate and an LED light strip below the fog lamps.
The LED headlamps will also get sequential LED turn indicators. The air intake is now also larger, gets a vertical fog lamp housing and overall the front of the Fortuner Legender looks more muscular and imposing. The side profile is more or less the same, but it does get a new set of diamond-cut alloy wheels and a floating-roof effect because the A, B, C and D pillars have been blacked out. The roof of the SUV is also blacked-out which provides a dual-tone paint finish. The rear spoiler, outside rearview mirrors, have also been given a black colour. The rear of the Fortuner Legender is tweaked rather than drastically changed. It gets slightly redesigned LED tail lamps and reflectors in an L-shape housing in the lower half of the bumper.
The new SUV will also get some tweaks to the cabin to make it feel more upmarket and premium. There will be a dual-tone treatment for the interior and a new 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system which we have seen on the recently facelifted Innova Crysta. The new infotainment system will also offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It will also get more premium leather upholstery. Toyota is also expected to add some features to the Legender such as wireless phone charger and a 360-degree camera. There are also rumours that Toyota might also offer some driver aids like radar-guided cruise control and lane departure warning system to compete with the MG Gloster which comes with ADAS or Advanced driver-assistance systems.
Toyota Legender will be offered only with a diesel engine. It will be the same 2.8-litre V-GD unit that we have seen on the Innova Crysta and the current Fortuner but will be in a more powerful state. So, it will be producing 204 bhp of max power and 500 Nm of peak torque. It will be offered only with a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Once launched, the regular Fortuner will still stay on sale and the Legender will be sold alongside it. So, the regular Fortuner will still get the option of the 2.7-litre petrol engine and a manual gearbox. The Fortuner Legender will be launching on 6th January and it is expected to start from somewhere around Rs. 40 lakhs ex-showroom.