2021 Toyota Fortuner Facelift India Launch Date Revealed: Will Rival The MG Gloster

Toyota Kirloskar Motors is looking to start the year 2021 with a bang. The company will be launching the much-awaited Fortuner facelift model on January 6, 2021. The new Fortuner will replace the outgoing model which was last updated in 2016.

Toyota Fortuner Facelift (2021) India Launch Date Revealed: Specs, Features, Variants & Other Details

Toyota will most likely introduce the ‘Legender' variant of the 2021 Fortuner. The special-edition variant of the SUV will feature a host of cosmetic changes over the standard model. This includes several blacked-out trims and more. The SUV was recently spotted undisguised — here are all details.

Toyota Fortuner Facelift (2021) India Launch Date Revealed: Specs, Features, Variants & Other Details

Speaking about the Fortuner facelift model, it will be similar to the international-spec model already unveiled in various markets. The updated SUV features a host of updates interior and exterior updates.

Toyota Fortuner Facelift (2021) India Launch Date Revealed: Specs, Features, Variants & Other Details

This includes a restyled front bumper, sleek-looking headlamps with integrated LED DRLs, redesigned blacked-out grille and the central air intake, and a new faux skid plate; among others. Other exterior updates include new LED tail lights, boot lid, new rear bumper design and 18-inch alloy wheels as well.

Toyota Fortuner Facelift (2021) India Launch Date Revealed: Specs, Features, Variants & Other Details

Moving to the interiors, the SUV features minor improvements. Starting with a new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other feature additions include an updated instrument cluster, eight-way adjustable front seats, nine-speaker JBL audio system, and more.

Toyota Fortuner Facelift (2021) India Launch Date Revealed: Specs, Features, Variants & Other Details

Apart from the updated features list, the rest of the equipment will be carried over from the outgoing model. This includes safety features such as multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability control, ISOFIX child seat anchorage and more.

Toyota Fortuner Facelift (2021) India Launch Date Revealed: Specs, Features, Variants & Other Details

In international markets, the Fortuner has been updated with a powerful version of the 2.8-litre diesel engine that produces more than 204bhp and 500Nm of torque. In comparison, the same engine in the India-spec SUV produces 175bhp and 420Nm of torque.

Toyota Fortuner Facelift (2021) India Launch Date Revealed: Specs, Features, Variants & Other Details

The engine comes mated to either a six-speed manual or an automatic gearbox. Whether Toyota will bring the updated engine to the Indian-spec Fortuner facelift model remains to be seen.

Toyota Fortuner Facelift (2021) India Launch Date Revealed: Specs, Features, Variants & Other Details

In addition to the diesel powertrain, it will also be offered with the 2.7-litre petrol engine from the outgoing model. The petrol unit produces a maximum of 165bhp and a peak torque of 245Nm. It comes mated to a five-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota Fortuner Facelift (2021) India Launch Date Revealed: Specs, Features, Variants & Other Details

The 2021 Fortuner features a host of updates over the outgoing model. As a result, the facelifted SUV expected to receive a slight increase in its pricing when launched in the country. The outgoing Fortuner retails between 28.66 lakh and 34.43 lakh, ex-showroom (Delhi).

Toyota Fortuner Facelift (2021) India Launch Date Revealed: Specs, Features, Variants & Other Details

Thoughts About The 2021 Toyota Fortuner Facelift Launching In India

The Toyota Fortuner is the brand's flagship SUV model in the country. The SUV is getting a much-needed update to help stand out against its newly launched rivals in the segment. Once launched the new Toyota Fortuner facelift model will rival the Ford Endeavour, the Skoda Kodiaq, the Mahindra Alturas G4 and the MG Gloster SUV in the market.

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Article Published On: Thursday, December 24, 2020, 9:32 [IST]
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