Toyota Kirloskar Motors has just announced that the Fortuner and the Fortuner Legender has crossed 5,000 bookings in less than one month. Both the SUVs were launched in the first week of January 2021. It is quite an impressive number for such a big SUV. Fortuner has always been the segment leader and looking at the booking numbers it seems that it will continue to lead the segment. This is the first update that the SUV got since its introduction in 2016. Toyota also launched the Fortuner Legender which is a sportier-looking version of the Fortuner.
Mr. Naveen Soni, Senior Vice President, TKM, said, “We are humbled and touched by the continued faith of our loyal customers in brand Toyota. The sheer number of enquiries and bookings for both the Fortuner and Legender reiterate our belief in the customer-first approach. Both the SUVs were created purely based on customer feedback thus helping us garner a good response.” The strong sales number also helped Toyota to grow by 92 percent when we compare month on month numbers. In January 2020, Toyota sold 5,804 units whereas, in January 2021, they sold 11,126 units.
The biggest update to the Fortuner was a mechanical one. The 2.8-litre diesel engine now puts out more power than before. It produces 201 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 500 Nm whereas the previous one used to produce 177 PS of max power and 420 Nm of peak torque. There has been no change to the 2.7-litre petrol engine which produces 166 PS of max power and 245 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines are offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The petrol engine continues to be rear-wheel drive only whereas the diesel engine is rear-wheel drive or 4×4 drivetrain. The Fortuner starts from Rs. 29.98 lakhs ex-showroom and goes all the way upto Rs. 37.58 lakhs ex-showroom for the Legender variant.
Other updates are cosmetic, due to which the SUV looks more aggressive and muscular. The Fortuner gets sleeker LED projector headlamps with new LED Daytime Running Lamps, bigger skid plate, redesigned front grille and halogen foglamps. The grille gets vertical chrome surrounds that integrate into the headlamp. The turn-indicators are now placed in the lower half of the bumper as a horizontal strip. It is the Legender that looks more aggressive, it comes with a different bigger grille that is inspired by Lexus. The grille is also surrounded by piano-black surrounds that extend upto the headlights. It also gets less chrome due to which it looks more stealthy and muscular. The Legender also gets Bi-projector LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, sequential turn indicators and vertical housing for the fog lamps. There was also new equipment that was added such as a new touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 11-speaker JBL sound system, ventilated seats and connected car technology. The Legender also gets additional equipment such as a wireless charger and an electric tailgate with a sweep feature. Toyota Fortuner competes against the Ford Endeavour and the MG Gloster.