2021 Toyota Fortuner & Legender Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

2021 Toyota Fortuner & Legender Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

V3Cars reviews the variants of the 2021 Toyota Fortuner and Legender to give you a better idea about which variant offers the best value for money. The Fortuner is available with a 2.7-litre turbo-petrol and 2.7-litre turbo-diesel engine options that are both paired with either manual or automatic transmission. While the petrol engine comes only with 2WD drivetrain, the diesel engine is available in both 2WD and 4WD formats.

 

2021 Toyota Fortuner & Legender

What Is The Price of The 2021 Toyota Fortuner & Legender?

The 2021 Toyota Fortuner prices start at Rs 30.34 lakh. The Fortuner petrol version is available only with 2WD drivetrain, and its automatic transmission variants are Rs 1.60 lakh more expensive than the manual counterparts. 

In the case of the diesel version, the 2WD format of the Fortuner comes with manual and automatic transmission options, while the Legender comes with automatic transmission. The Fortuner diesel 2WD manual transmission variant is priced at Rs 32.84 lakh, while the Legender automatic is tagged at Rs 38.30 lakh.

With the diesel engine option, 4WD option is also available, which comes with both manual and automatic transmission options, and these have around Rs 2.30 lakh price difference. 

The following table offers you a look at the pricing details of all the variants of the 2021 Toyota Fortuner and Legender:

TOYOTA FORTUNER & LEGENDER | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM DELHI

Variant & Powertrain

Petrol

Difference

Diesel

 

4x2

Fortuner MT

Rs 30,34,000

Rs 2,50,000

Rs 32,84,000

Fortuner AT

Rs 31,93,000

Rs 3,27,000

Rs 35,20,000

Legender AT

--

--

Rs 38,30,000

 

4x4

Fortuner MT

--

--

Rs 35,50,000

Fortuner AT

--

--

Rs 37,79,000

 

TOYOTA FORTUNER PETROL | PRICE COMPARISON

Manual

Difference

Automatic

Rs 30,34,000

Rs 1,59,000

Rs 31,93,000

 

TOYOTA FORTUNER 4WD DIESEL | PRICE COMPARISON

Manual

Difference

Automatic

Rs 35,50,000

Rs 2,29,000

Rs 37,79,000


What Are The Engine Specifications of The 2021 Toyota Fortuner? 

The Fortuner petrol comes equipped with a 2.7-litre petrol engine that is good to deliver 166PS of maximum power and 245Nm of peak torque. The diesel engine option’s performance is better than this petrol engine. The diesel engine offers 204PS of maximum power and 420-500Nm of peak torque.

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The diesel engine is available with the 4WD option that the petrol engine doesn’t have. 

The Fortuner’s petrol engine comes paired with a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission option. The diesel engine comes with a 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission option.

Compared to all its diesel rivals, the Fortuner’s performance is only less than the Gloster automatic. However, all its rivals come only with automatic transmission. 

You can check all the engine specification details of the 2021 Toyota Fortuner in the following tables along with comparison with rival models:

TOYOTA FORTUNER | ENGINE COMPARISON

 

Petrol

Difference

Diesel

Displacement

2.7-litre, Turbo

 

2.8-litre, Turbo

Cylinders

4

 

4

Capacity

2694cc

61cc

2755cc

Maximum Power

166PS @ 5200rpm

38PS

204PS @ 3400rpm

Peak Torque

245Nm @ 4000rpm

 

420Nm @ 1400 - 3400rpm (MT)
500Nm @ 1600 - 2800rpm (AT)

Drivetrain

2WD

 

2WD & 4WD

Manual Transmission

5MT

 

6MT

Claimed FE

10kmpl*

 

NA

Automatic Transmission

6TC

 

6TC

Claimed FE

10.3kmpl*

 

NA

*pre-facelift

 

FORTUNER vs RIVALS

DIESEL ENGINE SPECS

 

Fortuner

Gloster

Endeavour

Displacement

2.8-litre, Turbo

2.8-litre, Turbo

2.0-litre, Turbo

2.0-litre, Twin Turbo

2.0-litre, Turbo

Cylinders

4

4

4

4

4

Capacity

2755cc

2755cc

1996cc

1996cc

1996cc

Maximum Power

204PS @ 3400rpm

204PS @ 3400rpm

163PS @ 4000rpm

218PS @ 4000rpm

170PS @ 3500rpm

Power:Weight

   

70.87PS/t*

88.44PS/t

70.54PS/t

Peak Torque

420Nm @ 1400 - 3400rpm

500Nm @ 1600 - 2800rpm

375Nm @ 1500 - 2400rpm

480Nm @ 1500 - 2400rpm

420Nm @ 2000 - 2500rpm

Torque:Weight

   

163.04Nm/t*

194.73Nm/t

174.27Nm/t

Drivetrain

2WD & 4WD

2WD & 4WD

2WD

4WD

2WD & 4WD

0-100kmph

--

--

--

--

13.9s (4WD)

Manual Transmission

6MT

--

--

--

--

Claimed FE

NA

--

--

--

--

Automatic Transmission

--

6TC

8TC

8TC

10TC

Claimed FE

--

NA

NA

NA

13.9kmpl (2WD)
12.4kmpl (4WD)

Tested FE

--

--

--

--

11kmpl (4WD)

*assumed

What Are The Dimensions of The 2021 Toyota Fortuner? 

The Toyota Fortuner is a D2 segment SUV, and its length is around 4.8m. When it comes to the exterior dimensions and wheelbase, the Fortuner is smaller than the Gloster and Endeavour. It is worth noting that the 2WD format of the Fortuner is available with 17-inch wheels, while the 4WD format and Legender variant is available with 18-inch wheels. In both cases, the tyre width is the same. 

The following table offers you a look at all the dimension details of the 2021 Toyota Fortuner: 

FORTUNER vs RIVALS

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Fortuner / Legender

Gloster

Endeavour

Length

4795mm

4985mm

4903mm

Width

1855mm

1926mm

1869mm

Height

1835mm

1867mm

1837mm

Wheelbase

2745mm

2950mm

2850mm

Boot Space

296-litres*

NA

NA

Ground Clearance

225mm

210mm*

225mm

Fuel Tank

80-litres

75-litres

80-litres

Tyre Size (Base)

265/65 R17

255/55 R19

265/60 R18

Tyre Size (Top)

265/60 R18

255/55 R19

265/60 R18

*unofficial

What Are The Features of 2021 Toyota Fortuner Petrol?

The Fortuner’s entry level 2WD petrol variant is tagged at Rs 30.34 lakh. 

Apart from all the basic safety features, the entry-level Fortuner petrol MT offers electronic stability control, hill start assist, traction control, side and curtain airbags, LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, front parking sensors and rear parking camera as well. 

The parking camera’s footage gets displayed on an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity options. 

You can view all the safety and entertainment related features of the 2021 Toyota Fortuner petrol 2WD in the table below:

TOYOTA FORTUNER PETROL | FEATURES

Safety

Entertainment

Std. Safety Features

Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

Traction Control

8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System

Rear Disc Brakes

LED Headlamps

Side & Curtain Airbags

Steering-mounted Controls

Electronic Stability Control

LED Fog Lamps

ISOFIX

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Hill Start Assist

Auto-dimming IRVM

Front Seatbelt Pretensioners w/ Load Limiter

6-speaker Audio System

Rear Parking Camera

Front Parking Sensors

   


As far as functional features are concerned, keyless entry w/ push-button start/stop, multi drive modes, ventilated and powered front seats, electrically adjustable & foldable ORVMs, cruise control, tilt and telescopic steering wheel and auto AC w/ rear AC vents are the key inclusions.

In terms of style, LED DRLs, chrome door handles, alloy wheels and leather upholstery are this variant’s notable features. 

You can view all the functional and style related features of the 2021 Fortuner petrol 2WD in the table below:

TOYOTA FORTUNER PETROL | FEATURES

Functional

Style

Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

Electrically Adjustable & Foldable ORVMs

Auto AC w/ Rear AC Vents

LED DRLs

Puddle Lamps

Ventilated Front Seats

Telematics

LED Tail Lamps

Auto Boot Open/Close w/ Memory

Cruise Control

Front Armrest w/ Storage

Chrome Door Handles & Window Line

Multi Drive Modes

Heat Rejection Glass

All Power Windows w/ Auto Up/Down

R17 Alloys (2WD)

Powered Front Seats

Tilt & Telescopic Steering

Cooled Upper Glovebox

Leather Upholstery (Brown or Black in Fortuner)

Three Adjustable Rear Headrests

60:40 2nd Row w/ Slide, Recline & Tumble

50:50 Third Row w/ Recline

Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel


With the petrol engine there are options of manual and automatic transmissions. The automatic transmission option is around Rs 1.60 lakh more expensive than the petrol counterpart. The Fortuner automatic also offers paddle shifters. 

TOYOTA FORTUNER PETROL | PRICE COMPARISON

Manual

Difference

Automatic

Rs 30,34,000

Rs 1,59,000

Rs 31,93,000


According to us, the incremental cost of the automatic transmission is on the higher side. However, in the case of the petrol Fortuner, we think you should go for the automatic transmission. This is because, if you are buying an expensive car like the Fortuner, missing on the convenience of the automatic transmission for another 1 lakh or so, is not sensible. 

Given the price of the Toyota Fortuner, we feel that it should also have features like auto-folding ORVMs, rear captain seats, wireless charging and wireless phone connectivity. 

What Are The Features of 2021 Toyota Fortuner Diesel?

In case of the Fortuner 2WD, the diesel engine version costs Rs 2.50 lakh more than the petrol version. 

TOYOTA FORTUNER 2WD MT | PRICE COMPARISON

Petrol

Difference

Diesel

Rs 30,34,000

Rs 2,50,000

Rs 32,84,000


Apart from all the features that are offered by the petrol 2WD Fortuner, the diesel version also offers pitch and bounce control and variable flow control in power steering, to improve drive dynamics.

The incremental cost of Rs 2.50 lakh for the diesel engine is on the higher side. However, if in your state, diesel cars are getting registered for 15 years and if you run your car frequently for long distances, then we recommend the Fortuner diesel for you. This is because, compared to the Fortuner’s petrol engine, the diesel engine offers a significantly high torque figure that will certainly have a positive impact on drivability.

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In case of the diesel 2WD Fortuner, the automatic is Rs 2.36 lakh costlier than the manual transmission option. The automatic transmission comes along with an idle start/stop feature, which should help improve the fuel efficiency. 

TOYOTA FORTUNER DIESEL | PRICE COMPARISON

2WD MT

Difference

2WD AT

Difference

Legender AT

Rs 32,84,000

Rs 2,36,000

Rs 35,20,000

Rs 3,10,000

Rs 38,30,000


The benefit of the automatic transmission in case of the diesel 2WD Fortuner, can only be felt if you drive your own car and are buying it primarily to be driven on paved roads or for mild off-roading. 

If you wish to take your diesel Fortuner for occasional off-roading or mainly travel on rough roads, then rather than going for the 2WD Fortuner diesel automatic you can choose to buy the similarly priced 4WD diesel manual version. 

It is worth noting that the 4WD version of the Fortuner offers 18-inch alloy wheels and an 11-speaker JBL audio system.

TOYOTA FORTUNER DIESEL | PRICE COMPARISON

2WD AT

Difference

4WD MT

Rs 35,20,000

Rs 30,000

Rs 35,50,000


The Fortuner diesel 4WD version also comes with an automatic transmission option, and it is around Rs 2.30 lakh more expensive than its manual version, and this price increment is on the higher side. High running, self drive and occasional off road use, if these 3 things are your requirements, then you should consider buying the diesel 4WD Fortuner with the automatic transmission. Otherwise, the diesel 4WD manual or the 2WD automatic versions are suitable for most buyers. 

TOYOTA FORTUNER DIESEL | PRICE COMPARISON

4WD MT

Difference

4WD AT

Rs 35,50,000

Rs 2,29,000

Rs 37,79,000


What Are The Features of 2021 Toyota Fortuner Legender Variant?

TOYOTA FORTUNER DIESEL | PRICE COMPARISON

2WD MT

Difference

2WD AT

Difference

Legender AT

Rs 32,84,000

Rs 2,36,000

Rs 35,20,000

Rs 3,10,000

Rs 38,30,000


The Legender variant is available only with the 2WD diesel-automatic drivetrain. So clearly, it’s meant mainly for on-road use or soft-road. The Legender variant is Rs 3.10 lakh costlier than the Fortuner 2WD AT.

The Legender is around Rs 3 lakh more expensive than the regular diesel Fortuner 2WD automatic.

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The Legender stands apart from the rest of the Fortuner variants with its cosmetic updates to make it sportier looking. Apart from the exterior and interior cosmetic differences, which includes -- updated design for the front and rear facades, dual-tone paint scheme, dynamic turn indicators and black-maroon interior colour theme, the Legender variant also offers added features such as wireless charger, foot swipe boot open, rear USB port and ambient lighting.

The following table offers a look at the additional features of the 2021 Toyota Legender variant over the regular Fortuner variants:

TOYOTA LEGENDER | FEATURES OVER FORTUNER

Functional

Style

Rear USB Port

Dual-tone Exterior

Wireless Charger

Black-Maroon Upholstery

Foot Swipe Boot Open

Ambient Lighting

 

Dynamic Turn Indicators

   


The incremental cost of the Legender is significantly more than the other Fortuner variants for its additional features and cosmetic updates. Hence, The Legender is not a suitable option for most buyers, and only those who don’t mind spending substantially more just for exclusive appeal can consider it. 

Toyota Fortuner & Legender Variants - Which Variant To Buy?

The Toyota Fortuner is essentially available in 2 variants -- regular and Legender. 

The Legender variant is only available with the 2WD diesel-automatic drivetrain, and is considerably more expensive than the regular variant of the Fortuner. Hence, we do not recommend the Legender variant.

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In case of the regular variants of the Fortuner, the petrol engine version is suitable only for those buyers, who won’t run their car much, and who don’t plan to take it for off-roading. 

In this case, we would recommend the automatic transmission for easy driving abilities on busy city roads.

If you run your car relatively more, but don’t have off road requirements, and based on whether you will drive yourself or you have a driver, you may choose to buy the 2WD diesel Fortuner with automatic or manual transmission. 

However, for most buyers we recommend the Fortuner’s diesel 4WD variant with manual transmission, as you can take it for occasional off-roading. In the diesel 4WD’s case, if your on-road or city road travel is considerably high, then you can consider the automatic transmission. 

The following table offers you a brief look at our variant-wise recommendations on the 2021 Toyota Fortuner, to make your buying decision easy:

TOYOTA FORTUNER | RECOMMENDATION

Version

Price

Recommendation

2WD Petrol MT

Rs 30,34,000

Not recommended

2WD Petrol AT

Rs 31,93,000

Suitable for budget buyers with extremely low running

2WD Diesel MT

Rs 32,84,000

Suitable for chauffeur-driven buyers with no/less extreme off road use

2WD Diesel AT

Rs 35,20,000

Suitable for self-drive buyers with no/less extreme off road use

2WD Legender AT

Rs 38,30,000

Expensive; not recommended

4WD Diesel MT

Rs 35,50,000

Suitable for buyers who intend to go off the road

4WD Diesel AT

Rs 37,79,000

Suitable for buyers who intend to go off the road and have very high average running


What Are The Exterior Colour Options of 2021 Toyota Fortiner & Legender?

The Toyota Fortuner’s regular variants are available in 7 exterior colour options, namely -- Sparkling Black, Black, Brown, Grey, Bronze, White and Pearl White. While the Legender variant is available only in the Pearl White shade with contrasting Black roof. 

We like the Pearl White colour option of the Fortuner the best. Let us know which colour option you like the most in the comment section.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lakshya Khanna

Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he's mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He's usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars editorial team.

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