Toyota Fortuner's market and road domination have never been in question, and its association with the country's ministers has heightened the significance of its white color on the road. Toyota announced the Legender version with the facelifted model in 2021, keeping all of this in mind. It includes aggressive styling, enhanced convenience features, a 2WD diesel engine, and - maybe most crucially - it is only available in white dual-tone body color. However, it is the costliest Fortuner model, even more than the 4WD.
Price and Rivals
The top-end Fortuner costs around Rs 34.43 lakh, while the new Fortuner Legender is likely to cost nearly Rs 43 lakh ex-showroom. It will put it much above the competition in terms of huge body-on-frame SUVs. It will compete against the MG Gloster, Mahindra Alturas G4, Ford Endeavour, and Honda CR-V when launched.
Legender has a sharper pair of LED headlights with unique components, a twin projector setup, and integrated LED daytime running lights. On the bumper are also dynamic LED turn indicator strips.
Other changes include a redesigned front grille with a 'Toyota' badge center. Additionally, it gets a freshly styled front bumper with sharp creases and LED fog lamps on either side of the big air intake. Additionally, the SUV receives a new set of 20-inch alloy wheels and some extra style modiﬁcations in the rear.
The inside has minor upgrades over the previous Fortuner. While the overall design remains unchanged, the black and maroon upholstery is more appropriate at Rs 45.5 lakh. The instrument cluster has also received a little upgrade and now seems more attractive.
Fortunately, the package includes more than simply aesthetics. In addition to a wireless phone charger and USB ports in the rear, the Legender has a hands-free tailgate opening. Fortuner has connected car technologies, including geofencing, vehicle tracking, and walk-to-car functionality. Upgrades also to the infotainment system. Although the screen remains 8 inches, the interface has improved. This one is easier to use, with bigger icons and various styles and colors and features both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as options.
The audio system is the primary drawback of this setup. Although the four front speakers remain decent, the two back speakers are plain unacceptable in a Rs 45 lakh SUV. Fortuner 4WD models come standard with a JBL 11-speaker sound system, including a subwoofer and amplifier. Why omitted this functionality from the costliest, urban-focused model remains a puzzle, and there is no sunroof.
Other features include powered front seats, powered tailgate, dual-zone temperature control, one-touch tumble and fold the second row, comfy second-row seats, and third-row seats big enough for teenagers and children with their air conditioning unit are also there.
Engine and performance
The most significant change to the Fortuner is the diesel powertrain. The same 2.8-liter engine now produces 204PS and 500 Nm of torque, up 27PS and 80Nm than the previous model. The manual variations, on the other hand, have 80Nm less. Only the diesel AT 2WD powertrain is available for the Legender. And this is the most practical powertrain for city driving. And, in conjunction with the BS6 update and increased torque output, the driving experience has improved. For those who still desire a petrol Fortuner, the 2.7-liter engine is available, but only in 2WD.
The Legender is stunning in looks, performance, and features. In short, all the changes are upgrades that future owners would love. Except for the luxury sound system, the Legender appears to be a Fortuner for an urban family.