Over the past several months, the internet saw several speculations about an upcoming update to the Toyota Fortuner. This morning, Toyota Motor Thailand has finally unveiled the Fortuner Legender, the top-of-the-line variant of Toyota’s midsize SUV, which not only looks sportier but is slightly more powerful than its 2021-edition counterparts.
Available in White Pearl CS Black Top, Emotional Red Black Top, and Attitude Black Mica, the Fortuner Legender is easily identifiable by its Black Top design, a different fascia that features Prestige grille and bumper, full LED dual projector with unique Daytime Running Light design (appears like buck’s antlers as opposed to wave-like stroke in the 2021-edition), new sequential LED turn signal, new LED tail lamps design, as well as new 20-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the Fortuner Legender sports new ambient illumination, two-tone leather seats, high-visibility optitron gauges with 4.2-inch multi-information display, and a 9-inch touchscreen entertainment and information system that supports Apple CarPlay. This variant in Thailand is also equipped with a wireless charger.
The Fortuner Legender is powered by a beefier 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine producing 201 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. It represents a healthy increase of 27 hp and 50 Nm over the model it replaces.
At the same time, the revised powertrain is engineered to use 17 percent less fuel in the city thanks to improved cooling. One other advantage the updated model has over its predecessor is the increased towing capacity, now at 3,100 kilograms or 300 kg more than before.
The Fortuner Legender and the rest of the 2021-edition variants are also equipped with active and passive safety features including seven airbags, traction control system, vehicle stability control, brake assist, hill assist control, anti-lock brake system, electronic brake-force distribution, trailer sway control, front and rear disc brakes, as well as park sensors.
Depending on the market, Toyota can also equip the Fortuner Legender with a lesser 2.4-liter diesel producing 148 hp and 400 Nm. Both four-cylinder diesel engines can be hooked out to a rear- or four-wheel drive system in Thailand and is offered exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.