The Toyota Fortuner Legender now gets a new variant that will be highly appreciated by off-road enthusiasts. The Legender now gets a 4x4 drivetrain, along with it comes a higher price tag.
At the beginning of 2021, Toyota launched the facelift Fortuner in India. Alongside, the Japanese carmaker introduced the Fortuner Legender which is essentially the same SUV as the standard Fortuner with a restyled fascia and some interior tweaks.
Back then the Toyota Fortuner Legender was introduced with a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) layout, hence, buyers looking for a 4x4 drivetrain had to settle for the standard variant of the Fortuner.
Now, Toyota India has brought in the Fortuner Legender with a 4x4 drivetrain. The 4x4 variant of the Toyota Fortuner Legender has been priced at Rs 42.33 lakh (ex-showroom). The 4x4 variant is Rs 3.72 lakh more than the 4x2 variant of the Fortuner Legender.
As the 4x4 name suggests, the new variant of the Fortuner Legender gets a low-ratio transfer case that also forwards the power to the front wheels when needed. There is also a limited-slip differential and the SUV also gets a hill-descent control.
The exterior, as well as the interiors, are unchanged and the Legender 4x4 only carries a badge at the rear to differentiate it from its 4x2 sibling. In terms of in-car entertainment, this new variant gets an 11-speaker JBL surround system which was exclusively available with the 4x4 variants of the standard Fortuner.
The engine is the same 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel unit and comes paired to a six-speed automatic transmission – with paddle shifters. Off-road junkies and driving enthusiasts who are looking for the engagement of a manual gearbox will have to settle for the standard Fortuner that is available with a six-speed manual transmission and a 4x4 drivetrain.
Coming back to the Legender 4x4, the SUV puts out 201bhp between 3,000-3,400rpm. The torque on offer is a healthy 500Nm that is available from 1,600rpm up to 2,800rpm.
Most other features have been carried forward into the new variant, however, even in the highly competitive market, the Fortuner still misses out on a feature like a sunroof. Also, the Fortuner Legender is available only with a diesel powertrain, there is no official word of a petrol-powered Toyota Fortuner Legender yet. With the Ford Endeavour out of the picture, the Toyota Fortuner Legender rivals the MG Gloster in the Indian market.