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On Indian streets, when we think ‘big’, there’s one particular car that always comes to mind. Refreshed for the new year, it is the mighty 2021 Toyota Fortuner.

Fortuners have been around for more than a decade and have reinvented the idea of deluxe travelling in jumbo measures for Indians. The last time we saw this giant get an update was four long years ago but this time, it returns in a completely new form. A lot has changed, in and out but what’s striking is that the brand also introduces the Fortuner Legender, a sportier breed of the same animal, made especially after understanding customer needs. The Fortuner was big, dominating and stylish, the next logical step would be giving it a meaner machine under the hood. Which is exactly the play at hand today, here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 Toyota Fortuner and the brand new Legender.

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Starting off with the front. Upon first glance itself, you’ll see that its grille and headlights are well, massive. They’re so much meaner in design and mark their presence effortlessly. Featuring sleek-looking LED projector headlights with LED DRLs, we also see that the front bumper gets with larger curtains but with slightly smaller fog lamps. The wheels aren’t don’t change much but they do boast a snazzier set of 18-inch alloys, adding to its stylish flair. The Legender however, gets a smaller grille but a larger bumper, giving it that sporty look.

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The deluxe cabin focuses on connectivity, an essential move considering the verve of Cloud tech and smartphone control. We see a large, 8.0-inch touchscreen, replete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, which is a step forward compared to the outgoing SUV’s 7.0-inch infotainment system that lacked basic connectivity support.

Other updates  for the cabin include LED ambient lighting, an updated instrument cluster, multi-functional steering wheel, electrically adjustable and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging and nine-speaker JBL audio system, seven-airbags and a 360-degree camera view. Switching over to the safety department, we see collision prevention system, lane departure warning and radar-guided dynamic cruise control. Adding to this, the 2021 Toyota Fortuner scores a perfect five-star crash test rating in ASEAN NCAP.

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Finally, power. The new Fortuner is power-surged by options of both, petrol and diesel engines. The petrol variants come as a 2.7-litre, four-cylinder motor that churn out 164-horsepower and 245-Nm of peak torque. Then is the 2.8-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that has been remapped to churn out 201-horsepower and 500-Nm of peak torque. Transmission options will include a six-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed sequential automatic torque convertor unit.

Pricing for the new Fortuner begins at Rs 29.98 lakh and goes up to Rs 37.43 lakh for its top-tier diesel variant. The special Legender variant slates in at Rs 37.58 lakh. Availability for the new jumbo cruiser is yet to be announced.

Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.