The facelift of the Fortuner is all-set to launch today. Just before the launch, the pictures of both the variants have been leaked. Toyota will be offering the Fortuner in two variants. There will be the Standard and the Legender. Pictures of both the variants have been leaked. There is quite a bit of difference between both the variants.
While both the variants get a new front fascia, it is the Legender that looks more aggressive due to its Lexus inspired front grille that is finished in piano black. The grille also gets piano-black surrounds that go up the headlamps. The Legender also gets Bi-projector LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, a sharper grille, sequential turn indicators and vertical housing for the LED fog lamps.
When compared the Standard variant gets LED projector headlamps, a slightly redesigned grille than the current one, regular fog lamp housing and a bigger faux skid plate. However, it is Legender that looks more sleek and muscular than the Standard variant. While the Standard model looks like a facelift of the current generation, the Legender looks like a whole new beast from the front. What also helps in favour of the Legender is, the less use of the chrome which gives it a more stealthy and muscular look.
The side profile is more or less the same except for the fact that the Legender gets 18-inch 5-spoke diamond-cut alloy wheels as compared to 6-spoke regular alloy wheels of the Standard variant. The rear of both the SUVs is very similar with an aggressive bumper and new slightly redesigned LED tail lamps. The interior of the SUV is not yet revealed. What we do know is the Legender will get a dual-tone upholstery with stitching for a more premium look, ambient lighting, wireless phone charger and a kick sensor for the tailgate. The Standard variant will be getting Black leather interiors, ventilated seats, front parking sensors and connected car features. Toyota will also be offering a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and it will be connected to 11 speakers sourced from JBL.
Powering the 2021 Toyota Fortuner will be the set of engines that we have seen on the outgoing Fortuner. So, there will be a 2.7-litre petrol engine that produces 164 Bhp of max power and 245 Nm of peak torque. Then there is the tried and tested 2.8-litre V-GD diesel engine which has been retuned to produce more power and torque. With the Fortuner, as confirmed by Toyota, the engine will be producing 204 bhp of max power and 500 Nm of peak torque. It will only be offered with a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. This will make the Fortuner the more torque producing SUV in the Indian market.
The lower variants will get a rear-wheel-drive option only. Whereas, the all-wheel-drive power train will be offered on the higher variants which will come with lockable differentials, limited-slip differential, 4×4 system and a low range gearbox. The prices of the new SUV are expected to go up by 5 percent. Whereas the Legender variant is expected to get priced around Rs. 40 lakhs ex-showroom. Toyota Fortuner will continue rivalling the Ford Endeavour, Mahindra Alturas G4 and the MG Gloster.