With January almost at an end, Toyota India has begun customer deliveries of the 2021 Fortuner (facelift). Introduced just earlier in the month, the facelifted Fortuner has been on the shortlist of many SUV buyers in India. Those who had placed their bookings early on, probably already have their cars parked in the driveway. Meanwhile, the Japanese automaker said that deliveries of the second batch should commence by the end of January. It also mentioned that most of the orders have been for the all-new & range-topping Legender and 4×4 variants of the new Fortuner. The same applies to the waiting period, where the longest duration are for the top variants of the SUV.
In India, the 2021 Toyota Fortuner has been priced from Rs 29.98 Lakh to Rs 37.58 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). While the Legender is the latest incarnation of the 2021 Fortuner, it is currently only offered in one trim level. On the other hand, the standard model is available in up to six different flavors. Of these, the most expensive one costs Rs 3 Lakh more than its pre-facelift predecessor – an absolute bargain! Even the cheapest variant of the new Fortuner commands a premium of over Rs 1.3 Lakh over the old one. So yes, this Toyota remains an expensive buy when compared to so of its rivals in the segment.
Speaking of which, the nearest alternatives to the Toyota Fortuner include the Ford Endeavour, MG Gloster, and the now-nearly-extinct Mahindra Alturas G4. While it may be a costly proposition, the 2021 Toyota Fortuner does look noticeably better than before. Even in its standard format, the body-on-frame SUV’s design has been sharpened up and juiced up on a protein-rich diet.
The brawny front-end is accompanied by the now-familiar chiseled side profile and a slightly revised rear. However, there is no denying that the new Legender variant looks more upmarket and suave, albeit a little less intimidating. Stepping inside the new Fortuner, you will notice that not much has changed at all. The dashboard design is the same, and thus, sort of uninspiring if a little practical.
Fortunately, the 2021 Toyota Fortuner does come with a few extra pieces of tech. There is an 8-inch touchscreen for the upgraded infotainment system which now supports Android Auto & Apple CarPlay. Furthermore, there are ventilated front seats, wireless charger, and an 11-speaker JBL sound system.
The new Fortuner also features ABS with EBD & Brake Assist, Hill Assist Control (HAC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control System (TCS), and up to 7 airbags. And since the new Fortuner continues with the same wheelbase as the old one, interior space of the two are comparable. This means that the first and second rows provide enough space for your head, shoulders and knees, whilst the third row is bearable for adults for short periods.
One of the most worthy changes with the 2021 Fortuner has to do with its engine. While the SUV is still offered with the 2.7-liter four-cylinder petrol motor as before, it is the new diesel engine that will have buyers hooked. The updated 2.8-liter four-banger now makes 201hp and up to 500Nm of torque (if mated to the 6-speed automatic gearbox). Moreover, only the diesel variants of the Fortuner come with a four-wheel-drive (4WD) system. But if you go for the fully-loaded Legender, you will have to sacrifice 4WD as it is only available with two-wheel-drive.
In the grand scheme of things, the 2021 Toyota Fortuner will undeniably be the victor in many people’s books. For many buyers, the Fortuner’s list of deficiencies would not enough to outweigh its strong suits. There is its bullet-proof resale value, fantastic reliability, tough exterior personality, reasonably well-equipped cabin, and a punchy new diesel engine.