Toyota has confirmed that it will launch the Fortuner facelift on 6th January 2021. The 7-seater has been speculated to be launched in India by 2021 after it was introduced in the international markets like Thailand, Australia and Indonesia. The facelifted Fortuner will come in 9 variants and out of which, one will be the Legender.
The Legender will differentiate itself from the standard trims by its sharper styling, sportier body kit, a different set of 20-inch alloys and a dual-tone paint exterior. The bumper is also different and the Legender trim gets a new sleeker grille along with black fog lamp housing. In the rear end, the taillights are an all-LED unit which has been integrated well with the L-shaped reflectors. The large rear spoiler gives a very bold look to the SUV.
The Fortuner is expected to be offered with the same engine options as present with the current generation; a 2.7-litre petrol motor producing 166 BHP of power and 245 Nm of torque, meanwhile the 2.8-litre turbo diesel gets a new map and now produces 204 BHP of power and 500Nm of torque as confirmed by the Toyota on Twitter. The gearbox options available are a 5-speed manual for the petrol and a 6-speed manual for the diesel and there would an option for a 6-speed automatic as well. It is also expected that the Fortuner will come with both 2WD (two-wheel-drive) and 4WD (four-wheel-drive) powertrain options.
The interiors are also expected to be updated and it is likely that it will come with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 9-speaker JBL sound system, 360-degree view camera, 7 airbags, collision prevention system, cruise control, wireless phone charging and more.
Fortuner has been the SUV segment market leader since the last decade and the latest generation which is scheduled to be launched on 6th January will also attract a lot of attention. When launched, the Fortuner will take on its long time rival the Ford Endeavour and now with the MG Gloster in the segment, the Fortuner will have a tough competition from both the models.