Subtly modified new Toyota Fortuner keeps it classy

Toyota Fortuner was launched in January 2021. The changes were mechanical and cosmetic but the standard Fortuner’s cosmetic updates were not substantial enough. Due to this, some people opt for after-market customizations. Here is a 2021 Fortuner that has been modified by KitUp Automotive which is a custom car workshop that is based in Coimbatore. The photos have been uploaded by the shop on their Facebook page.

From the pictures, the SUV does look very attractive and classy. There is not a lot of changes made to the Fortuner. You would really have to look at the subtle changes that the workshop has made. First of all the SUV has gone through a chrome delete. This means that all the chrome bits of the SUV have been replaced with piano black trim. Even the skid plate is now black.

All the pillars, door handles, outside rearview mirrors and the roof, has also been finished in Black. The side body cladding over the wheel arches is also painted in piano black. The 18-inch alloy wheels are factory but are finished in black and the brake pads are painted red for a sporty appeal.  Then we come to the rear where the Toyota badge and the rear skid plate is also finished in black. The tail lamps get a smoked effect and a piano black surround. Overall, the piano-black paint goes really well with the white body colour of the SUV.

The 2021 Fortuner comes with an LED projector headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps and sleeker LED tail lamps. The grille has been redesigned and it resembles the grille found on Lexus models. The grille also gets a piano-black surround. The SUV sits on 18-inch 6-spoke alloy wheels. The rear has been upgraded with a more aggressive bumper. There is a new touchscreen infotainment system that now supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It comes connected to an 11 speaker JBL sound system. Toyota is now also offering ventilated seats, which comes in very handy in a country like ours where summers are more prominent.

Toyota also introduced a Legender variant that is the top-of-the-line variant. The Legender comes with bi-projector headlamps with sequential turn indicators, a more aggressive front bumper and a 5-spoke dual-tone alloy wheel design. It also adds equipment like wireless charging and an electric tailgate which can be opened by a sweep of your foot. The Legender also comes with a dual-tone paint job from the factory. However, the Fortuner still misses out on an electric sunroof which now some compact-SUVs and even premium hatchbacks are offering.

Powering the 2021 Fortuner are the same set of engines that were available previously. There is a 2.7-litre petrol engine available with the Fortuner. The engine produces 166 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 245 Nm. Then there is the 2.8-litre V-GD diesel engine whose power output has been increased. The engine now produces a max power of 204 Bhp and a class-leading 500 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines are offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or an automatic transmission. Toyota Fortuner competes with the MG Gloster and the Ford Endeavour. It starts from Rs. 29.98 lakhs ex-showroom and goes all the way up to Rs. 37.58 lakhs ex-showroom.