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

    by Lakshya Khanna on Friday, Jul 02 2021

    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.

    Also Read - 2020 Toyota Fortuner vs Kia Carnival - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    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. 

    Also Read - 2020 Toyota Fortuner vs Mahindra Alturas G4 - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    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. 

    Also Read - 2020 Toyota Fortuner vs Ford Endeavour - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    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.

    Also Read - Toyota Fortuner 2020 Diesel vs Competition - Price, Specs, Dimensions Comparison

    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.

    Also Read - 2020 Hyundai Tucson vs Toyota Fortuner - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    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 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. 

    Twitter handle: @lakshya_khanna

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