2021 Toyota Fortuner facelift: First impression – Times of India

2021 Toyota Fortuner facelift: First impression - Times of India

NEW DELHI: A decade-old Fortuner has the same impact on the audience even as a handful of carmakers tried their luck in the domain. In its first launch of the year, Toyota Kirloskar Motor has shunned its protractors, ensuring the facelift is more powerful and torquey, with better creature comforts and design changes, which are not abrupt.
This time around, the Fortuner has arrived on our shores along with the special edition Fortuner Legender. The latter is yet to reach most dealerships, and we got our hands on the facelifted Fortuner.

Surprising or not, the face of the new Fortuner will put you in doubt. I mean the deep association of chrome and customer preference is no hidden fact. The tri-slat chrome bars are disposed, and the face is now given a piano black treatment. Chrome eyelashes flowing over slightly redesigned headlights dive in and flank the grille. The piano black has also made its way into the fog lamp housing, consuming a good amount of space under the main lights. The face appears more upright and replacing the chrome with black elements has actually tailored a better contrast and sharper aesthetics.
Fortuner sits on 19-inch rims. The 4X2 and 4X4 variants come with dual-tone machine-cut alloys and stylized alloy wheels respectively. The former with dual-tone cut created a better impact, especially due to visual contrast. The revised tail lamps are sleeker, slit and the dual tube light set up look better than before. The rest of the silhouette, dimensions and proportions of Fortuner continue to look the way they used to.

On the inside, the Fortuner sports an all-black theme for the first time. The electrically-adjustable front seats ensure no sweaty back during summer, thanks to the newly-introduced ventilation feature. The steering wheel is as hefty as before and the white stitching ups the premium feels. Soft touchpoints on top of the dashboard, door panels and other places of contact are finished with great care.

The 8-inch infotainment holds a big surprise. The look and feel have changed slightly but Fortuner has become a connected SUV now, offering features like geo-fencing and vehicle immobilization. The 4X4 variants also offer a JBL sound stereo.

Toyota Fortuner is the only car in the segment that offers a petrol offering (barring Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace). The 2.7-litre petrol and 2.8-litre diesel are the largest in the segment in terms of output figures and displacement. A 5-MT and 6-AT are available with both the powertrains. The 4X4 option, however, is limited to diesel, which in fact now offers three drive modes instead of two.
The waiting period in Delhi for the petrol variants ranges between 10 weeks to 18 weeks. Diesel 4X2 has a waiting period of 8 weeks to 12 weeks while the 4X4 has between 10 weeks to 18 weeks.

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