toyota facelift vs legender

At the start of 2021, Toyota launched the Fortuner facelift in the Indian market. After the second generation Toyota Fortuner was launched almost four years ago, the Japanese car manufacturer brought in such a major update. However, this mid-life update comes with a lot of new changes to the exterior and interior refreshments, the latest equipment and technology and new updates to the engine as well.  

Along with this, Toyota also introduced a top-of-the-range Legender variant for the Fortuner. This version of the Legender made its international debut a while back before its India debut and it got in sportier design language in comparison with the standard model. With the Fortuner Legender finally introduced in the Indian market, let’s have a detailed comparison of how it differs from the standard version and how it stands apart.

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Exterior Design:

Have a look at both the standard Toyota Fortuner and the Legender version, the first major difference we get to see is the design. In comparison with the outgoing model, the standard Fortuner now comes with a new front grille, redesigned LED headlight unit, and an updated front bumper. Moving on the rear, there are subtle changes with slimmer LED tail-light units, a tweaked rear bumper and new 18-inch wheels that it sits on. 

However, the top-of-the-line Fortuner Legender variant doesn’t just get minor changes in terms of design. Toyota has gone ahead and offered an entirely new design language at the front. It offers this SUV with a very unique design for its LED headlight unit and the LED Daytime Running Lights along with a split front grille. In addition to this, the Legender also comes equipped with sequential turn indicators, dual-tome 18-inch alloy wheels and a sporty rear bumper. 

One of the major differences between both the Fortuner and Legender is the colour schemes that Toyota is offering upon. While the standard Fortuner comes with eight different paint options to choose from but it misses out on dual-tone schemes. On the other hand, the Legender is being offered with the dual-tone option Pearl White with a black roof and which is also the only colour option available.

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Interior and Features:

As Toyota has launched the facelift of the Fortuner, the changes in the interior of this SUV are very subtle. The Japanese car manufacturer has now equipped the SUV with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is equipped with connected car technology and is now compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Although if we compare the Fortuner facelift and Legender, the chief differences are the colour schemes and a few features. In terms of colour schemes, the standard model gets an all-black interior scheme, whereas the Legender is loaded with the black and maroon interior scheme with a contrast of maroon colour stitches.

Coming to the features, the Toyota Fortuner Legender is on the upper hand with additional equipment like rear USB charging ports, wireless smartphone charging, ambient lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror and hand-free tail-gate opening. It also gets black dials on instrument clusters, whereas the standard Fortuner gets blue dials.


Under the hood, there are a bunch of major differences between the standard Fortuner and Legender variants. Coming to the petrol engine, the same 2.7-litre powerhouse has been carried over which produces 166 bhp of power and 245 Nm of torque and is coupled to a 6-speed automatic and 5-speed manual transmission.

On the other hand, the diesel units have been updated with the 2.8-litre unit that now puts out 204 bhp of power from 144 bhp that the previous version used to produce. Whereas the torque generated is the same ( 420 Nm ) for the 6-speed manual version. It also gets an option for a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox that gives out 500 Nm of torque.

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When it comes down to the drive versions, the standard Fortuner is offered with options of a two-wheel-drive and a four-wheel-drive version to choose from on both the petrol and diesel powertrains. Toyota is only offering the Fortuner Legender with the two-wheel-drive version and four-wheel-drive version on the 2.8-litre oil burner which is coupled to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. 


Coming down to the pricing, Toyota is offering the Standard Fortuner with the base variant ( Petrol 4X2 MT )starting from Rs 32.40 lakh ex-showroom and it goes all the way up to Rs 40.83 lakh for the 4X4 AT diesel variant. 

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On the other hand, the prices for the Fortuner Legender start at Rs  38.54 lakh Ex-Showroom India for the 4X2 Diesel Automatic variant. Whereas the 4X4 Diesel Automatic version is priced at Rs 45.77 lakh Ex-Showroom India.


Q1. Does the Toyota Legender has sunroof?

Ans. Toyota does not offer the Fortuner Legender with a sunroof. 

Q2. Is the Toyota Fortuner Legender worth buying?

Ans. Although in the sub-40 lakh SUV, there are many more options that offer better equipment and features. But what makes the Fortuner Legender stand out its sporty design, tough build quality, load-bearing capacity, rugged nature and it also backed by Toyota’s reliability.

Q3. New Toyota Fortuner Legender Price in India ?

Ans. The Fortuner Legender is offered at a price point between Rs 38.54 lakh to Rs 45.77 lakh Ex-Showroom India and is available in 4×2 and 4×4 versions.

Q4. Is Toyota Legender available in India?

Ans. Toyota launched the Fortuner Legender back in the start of 2021 and has now been made available in a 4X4 variant as well. 

Q5. What is the difference between Fortuner and Legender?

Ans. In comparison with the standard Fortuner, the Legender is offered with a unique and sporty design language, premium interior fit and finish and new features and technology. 

Q6. Is the Fortuner Legender 4×4 available in India?

Ans. Toyota recently launched the Fortuner Legender in a 4X4 version in India as well. Upon its first launch it was only brought in with a 4×2 version.

Q7. Does Fortuner Legender have a 360 degree camera?

Ans. Yes! Toyota does offer the Fortuner Legender with a 360-degree camera. 

Q8. Does Fortuner Legender have ambient light?

Ans. Only the Fortuner Legender versions comes loaded with ambient light as a feature that the standard Fortuner misses out on.

Q9. Why there is no sunroof in Toyota Fortuner?

Ans. As Toyota offers the Fortuner with a roof mounted AC, this could be one of the many reasons that there isnt any sunroof offered in the Fortuner. 

Q10. Does Fortuner have auto parking?

Ans. The Toyota Fortuner doesnt come equipped with an automatic parking feature. 

Q11. Does Fortuner have auto Hold?

Ans. The Fortuner is offered with Hill Hold Control, but it does misses out on Hill Descent Control. 

Q12. Is Fortuner steering heavy?

Ans. The steering system in the Toyota Fortuner is hydraulically assisted, it does feel heavy especially while parking.

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