The Japanese carmaker Toyota finally gave their legendary vehicle a facelift and from today it is set to roll on the Indian roads. Toyota has launched the new 2021 Fortuner in two avatars a standard model and the top end which is the Legender. Naturally, both have a huge price difference.

Toyota Fortuner & Fortuner Legender
Toyota Fortuner & Fortuner Legender

To begin with, the Toyota Fortuner is available at a starting price of ₹29.98 lakhs (ex-showroom). Whereas the Fortuner Legender sells higher for ₹37.58 Lakhs ex-showroom). Stay pinned to know the details about the drivetrain wise prices. But for now, let’s take a look at what is new in the 2021 Toyota Fortuner.

Are there any Additions in the New Toyota Fortuner?

The launch of the legendary SUV was long overdue. With the rugged SUV just launched it gets numerous changes. The changes are not just restricted to the interior or just the exterior. Besides the Fortuner gets subtle changes.

Exterior Changes

LED Lights Fortuner
LED Lights Fortuner
  • Starting with the front the new Fortuner gets a bigger grille with redesigned headlights. These headlights now are all LED and possess LED line guides that double up as the DRLs.
  • In case of the Legender instead of single projector LED headlight, it gets a quad-pod all-LED system. Alongside, the Toyota Legenger also boasts of waterfall LED light guides.

    Fortuner Legender In White Colour
    Fortuner Legender In White Colour
  • Walking to the side, you’ll witness that the Fortuner sits on the new multi-axis spoke alloy wheels. Whereas the Legender gets diamond cut alloy wheels instead of the conventional silver alloy wheels.

    Alloy Wheels
    Alloy Wheels
  • It is the rear from where it is slightly difficult to make out the difference between the Toyota Fortuner and the Legender. Both get similar LED taillights, +1 to Legender as it gets sequential turn indicators for the front as well as the rear end.

Changes on the inside

Toyota Fortuner Legender Interior
Toyota Fortuner Legender Interior

If you are familiar with the interior of the 2020 or 2019 Toyota Fortuner you’ll feel right at home. There are very few differences when it comes to aesthetics. But many new features have been subtly integrated into the SUV.

Semi Digital Instrument Display
Semi Digital Instrument Display
  • When sitting in the driving seat, the driver will witness a new instrument cluster which is a little crisper and easy to read.
  • A couple of new features are also added in the vehicle like ventilated seats in the Fortuner. The Toyota Legender takes the game up a notch as it offers wireless phone charging along with ventilated seats.
  • Additionally, the occupants having a keen interest in music will surely appreciate the new 11 Speaker sound system with a subwoofer from JBL.

    JBL Music System
    JBL Music System

Here are a list of features those are added in the new Toyota Fortuner

  • Wireless charging

    Wireless Mobile Charger
    Wireless Mobile Charger
  • Ventilated seats

    Toyota Fortuner Leather Seats
    Toyota Fortuner Leather Ventilated Seats
  • Driving Modes

    Drive Modes
    Drive Modes
  • Connected car Tech
  • 11 Speaker JBL Sound system with a subwoofer along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
  • Also, both the SUV from Toyota, Fortuner and Legender are safe. They recently scored a crash test rating of 5 stars in the ASEAN NCAP.

    4 Star Rated In ASEAN NCAP
    5 Star Rated In ASEAN NCAP
  • Hands-Free Tailgate release (Legender Only)

    Kick Sensor Boot Open
    Kick Sensor Boot Open

What powers the new Toyota Fortuner?

Under the hood is where both the Fortuner and the Toyota Legender have no difference. Like the pre-facelift model the new 2021 Fortuner gets two engine options a 2.7-litre naturally aspirated petrol and a 2.8-litre diesel.

  • The 2.7-litre petrol motor is identical to the one sold now. The engine produces 166hp of max power and the torque output sits at 245Nm. With this engine, there is an option of either a 5-speed MT or a 6-speed AT (Torque Converter) to choose.
  • The talking point about the facelift is the diesel engine which displaces 2.8-litres. This powerful motor makes the new Fortuner the meanest SUV in its segment. The diesel engine generates a whopping 204hp of max power and 500Nm of peak torque.
  • But the catch is the 500Nm beast only comes when mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. But in the manual avatar, the torque sits at 420Nm.

Is There a Price Hike?

Well, it’s a good deal when a company launches a facelift with the same prices, but this mostly is the case with dreams. So, yes the new 2021 Toyota Fortuner Facelift gets a price hike. Is it justified? This is something only the time and response will tell. Additionally, Toyota Fortuner is among the favours in the full-size SUV market which will see many customers flocking in the Toyota showrooms.

We’ve seen a ton of activity in this segment and the addition of new Fortuner makes it even more interesting. Speaking of the rivals, Fortuner and the Legender sits in league with the Ford Endeavour, Mahindra Alturas G4 and the recently launched MG Gloster.

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