Toyota will launch the Fortuner facelift in India in January 2021, and the carmaker is also planning to introduce a more premium and sportier variant of the SUV -- Fortuner Legender. Recently, the Legender was spotted during a TV commercial shoot.
In terms of design, the Fortuner Legender looks sharper and more aggressive than the standard Fortuner facelift. It gets projector LED headlamps with sharper LED detailing, the grille is also sleeker while the bumper is redesigned with a larger central air dam and sleeker fog lamp housing. The side profile looks identical to the standard Fortuner save for a bigger set of 20-inch dual-tone alloys.
At the back, the Fortuner Legender gets a redesigned bumper with L-shaped inserts and black treatment for the element connecting the tail lamps. A similar black treatment can be seen on the ORVMs, roof, rear spoiler and the front grille.
On the inside, while the layout is similar to that of the standard Fortuner, the Legender gets additional features in the form a larger 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system (standard SUV will get an 8-inch unit) with Apple Carplay and Android Auto support. Other features on offer include a 360-degree camera, wireless mobile charging, electronic stability control, traction control, hill launch assist, hill descent control, 7 airbags, auto AC, auto-dimming IRVM and powered front seats.
Toyota might also offer active safety features like lane departure warning, radar-based cruise control and pre-collision warning system on the Fortuner Legender. It will help the SUV to compete with the MG Gloster, which is equipped with various level 1autonomous safety features.
While the Thai-spec Fortuner Legender is offered with 2.4L and 2.8L diesel engines (the standard SUV gets the 2.4-litre unit only), the India-spec Fortuner and Fortuner Legender are expected to get the 2.8L diesel engine only. However, it is expected to get a bump in power, producing 204PS and 500Nm compared to the current 177PS and 450Nm. While the standard 2021 Fortuner is expected to get both 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission options the Legender will most likely be available with the automatic transmission only. In India, the standard 2021 Fortuner will also get a 2.7-litre petrol engine making 166PS and 245Nm mated to either a 5-speed MT or a 6-speed AT.
Prices of the Fortuner facelift are expected to attract a slight premium over the current model, which retails from Rs 28.66 lakh to Rs 34.43 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Fortuner Legender, on the other hand, should attract an additional premium over the standard model. It will continue to rival the likes of the Ford Endeavour, Mahindra Alturas G4 and the MG Gloster.