Toyota is preparing to launch the new Fortuner Legender in India. Expected to make landfall sometime in early 2021, this heavily updated version of the popular Fortuner has a fresh look and a new set of features, as well as an updated off-road package, a more powerful 2.8 diesel engine.
• The new Toyota Fortuner Legender and Toyota Fortuner will be sold side by side
• Toyota Fortuner Legender will receive more equipment, and Fortuner will be placed one step above
• Both will get a 204 hp and 2.8 hp turbo diesel
What is Toyota Fortuner Legender? Will it replace the regular Fortuner?
The Toyota Fortuner Legender is a more advanced version of the Toyota Fortuner. Not only does he get more equipment, as is usually the case with a facelift, but the Legender also has a brand new look. In fact, the nose has been completely changed and the SUV looks slightly different from the stern. However, the Toyota Fortuner legender will not replace Fortuner. To be sold side by side, but at a higher price, Legend will rank higher than regular Fortuner.
How does Toyota Fortuner Legend differ from the regular Fortuner?
While the regular Fortuner will also get a minor facelift, with only minor changes made, the Legender gets a brand new nose. It has a clearer and more casual look upfront, has a noticeably higher shock absorber line, and fog lamp “enclosures” similar to those in the entrance of a fighter jet engine look attractive and what adds to the drama is the large dining area under the bumper. The Toyota logo has moved significantly to the bumper and settled into a pleasant corner. To add definition, there are new white LED headlights that look more like a Lexus than a Toyota, with their single elements and dual projectors clearly visible, and they also have sequential or slide-down LED turn signals.
Also, there are new 20-inch wheels and some minor changes to the rear bumper. Inside, you get a larger 9.0-inch screen, a 360-degree reversing camera, Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, and dual-tone seats as well. Better off-line versions could also have a lane departure warning system, radar-guided cruise control, and a Hilux-type wheel steering sensor for off-road driving.
Will the Toyota Fortuner Legender have a more powerful engine?
Toyota will upgrade the power of the 2.8-liter diesel engine to generate 204 hp and 500 Nm of torque. That big torque spike comes from just 1,600 rpm, and the good news is that the torque curve stays steady up to 2,800 rpm. The increased power and torque is mainly done with the help of a variable turbo nozzle, controlled by an electric motor for increased efficiency. However, Toyota’s 2.8v GD diesel engine, produced in India, will not be sold exclusively in Legender and will likely power the regular Fortuner as well. While the 2.4 engine generating 150 hp and 400 Nm of torque is available at the Innova, it is unclear if Toyota will offer it again at Fortuner in India, as it is in other markets.
How much does Fortuner Legender cost?
While the top of the line Fortuner retails at around Rs 34.43 lakh, new Fortuner Legender prices are expected to start at around Rs 43 lakh. That would place it above other large body-to-frame SUVs in its class like the Ford Endeavor and MG Gloster and some MG is better equipped.
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