Toyota Fortuner is the most popular SUV in its segment. Even though, it is now an expensive SUV, the popularity of Fortuner does not seem to come down. Main reason behind its popularity is the reliability and comparatively low cost maintenance. Even today, there are many first generation or type 1 Toyota Fortuner owner who are using the SUV without any major issues. The only problem is that, the SUV would have started looking old on the outside and inside. In this case, there are several options to modify the SUV to give it a fresh look. Here we have one such video, where a type 1 Toyota Fortuner has been neatly modified to look like Legender.
The video has been uploaded by Autorounders on their YouTube channel. In this video, the owner of the type 1 Toyota Fortuner drove all the way from Andhra Pradesh to Pune for this conversion. He wanted his type 1 Fortuner to be converted to look like Legender. The grey colour type 1 Fortuner was not looking too bad. As part of the modification, the car was totally stripped and rest of the team started working on the dents. There were minor dents on the car and they were fixed using a dent puller machine after removing the paint.
After the dents were fixed, a thin coat of putty was applied on the car and the excess putty was removed for an even finish. Once this was done, the team started preparing the car for the paint job. They removed the stock paint from all the panels and then washed it to remove all the dust particles. After that, doors were removed and all the panels were given a coat of primer. Once the primer had dried out, the car was sent to the paint booth. The owner opted for BMW’s Sapphire Black shade for the SUV. Before, it was taken to the paint booth, some fabrication work was done on the rear fender and the tail gate to accommodate Legender tail lamps.
The doors, bumper and the whole car was finished in black and the a cleat coat was also applied over the car paint to achieve a glossy look. Once the car was out, the Legender panels were installed on the SUV. As part of the conversion, the front grille, bumper, headlamps were replaced with Legender unit. The type 1 bonnet however was retained. The stock headlamps were replaced with Legender style aftermarket LED units. They come with dual-function LED DRLs and LED fog lamps. Another set of LED DRLs are placed on the lower part of the bumper.
The alloy wheels were also upgraded. They now get the type 3 pre-facelift like dual-tone alloy wheels and the LED tail lamps and rear bumper has also been upgraded. Along with the exterior, interior on this SUV has also been customised. The plastic panels have been repainted in black and the steering wheel has been replaced with a type 3 unit. The seat covers were replaced with brown colour custom made units and the roof liner was also replaced. It also gets 7D floor mats, galaxy star light roof and ambient lights in the cabin, The aftermarket touchscreen infotainment system in the car was already there when it came to workshop.