Within just one month of its official launch, Toyota has recorded over 5,000 bookings for the facelifted Fortuner in India. While this figure itself isn’t surprising, the fact that sticks out is the short period within which it was achieved. It is not that the Toyota Fortuner is some cheap and cheerful small hatchback that has buyers from across social strata throbbing to showrooms. On the contrary, this new Fortuner costs even more than its already pricey predecessor. Its ex-showroom price kicks off at Rs 29.98 Lakh for the entry-level variant, which is expensive as it is. Then there is the top-of-the-range and all-new Legender variant. This one comes in at a gawping Rs 37.58 Lakh – that is its ex-showroom sticker, of course.
Have these higher purchasing costs slowed down the Toyota Fortuner’s relentless forward march? No, not even in the slightest. The older iteration of one of India’s favorite SUV was just as popular, but it was far from perfect. By the end of its life-cycle, it was beginning to show its age, especially when compared to segment newbies. To compound this issue, Toyota India was facing the equally aggressive onslaught of the pandemic-induced market fluctuations. With sales on the verge of evaporating entirely, the Japanese auto marque knew it had to act fast. Now that the facelifted Fortuner is here, head honchos at Toyota can breathe a much-earned and required sigh of relief.
Commenting on the progress was Naveen Soni, Senior Vice President at Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) India. He stated,
“We are humbled and touched by the continued faith of our loyal customers in brand Toyota. The sheer number of inquiries and bookings for both the Fortuner and Legender reiterate our belief in the customer-first approach. Both the SUVs were created purely based on customer feedback, thus helping us garner a good response. We are working hard to ensure the quickest possible delivery time so that our customers can experience India’s most admired SUV at the earliest. The New Year has begun on a very strong note for us, and we are geared up to continue to delight our customers with ever-better products and our renowned after-sales service of global standards in 2021 as well.”
With a market cap of over 50 percent, Toyota India has good reasons for sounding so positive about the Fortuner. And if predictions by industry gurus are anything to go by, the newly-introduced Legender variant should only make the soil even more fertile, so to speak. For the facelift to take effect, Toyota revised the exterior and interior of the 2021 Fortuner. This involved tweaking the front grille, bumper & headlamps while also changing the taillights and throwing in new alloy wheels. While the general body shape harks backs to the legacy Fortuner, the latest iteration looks markedly more convincing of its price tag.
Climbing on board the 2021 Toyota Fortuner will still be a pretty fulfilling experience if you like high-riding SUVs. Once inside, however, you will notice that not a whole lot has changed after the facelift. That said, Toyota has improved a few things on fronts that might matter to you. The most important facts to consider include the new equipment that the Fortuner now offers. The list now sees a wireless charger, ventilated front seats, a banging 11-speaker JBL audio system, plus an 8-inch touch-infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Toyota’s connected car functionality. These will certainly make you feel better about spending time in this SUV’s cabin. Toyota has retained the shift paddles on the steering wheel while now also adding a ‘Sport’ button.
Some of the other additions that will pique your interest include a limited-slip differential, gesture-activated tailgate, and a revised instrument cluster. When it concerns occupant safety, the 2021 Toyota Fortuner is equipped well enough to tackle most situations. It features Traction Control System, Vehicle Stability Control, Hill Assist Control, Anti-lock Brakes, and up to 7 airbags.
Just as interesting are the happenings under that buff hood of the facelifted Fortuner. The change of pace (quite literally) comes from the new 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that now puts out 201hp. Moreover, it has been tuned to churn out a maximum of 500Nm of torque. However, this torque figure is only applicable if you pick the new Fortuner diesel with the 6-speed automatic transmission.
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