2020 Toyota Fortuner Legender: Taking the Fortuner to new heights
Several days ago, the 2020 Toyota Hilux and Fortuner made their debut in Thailand. Along with it is the new Fortuner variant dubbed as Legender. Understandably, we, along with the rest of the world, were excited for the updated models, and we wanted to see more.
Now, we’ll get to see the facelifted Fortuner, specifically the Legender variant in the metal. The official images were great, sure. But nothing can beat the details of real-world pictures.
2020 Toyota Fortuner Legender: Exterior
When it comes to exterior styling, the Fortuner Legender offers a vastly different looking front fascia. The upper grille and lower grille are prominent, giving the model a look a bit similarly shaped to what’s found on a Lexus.
The dual LED projector headlamps as well as the L-shaped daytime running lamps tie up the front end’s more modern look. Overall, it looks angrier and edgier than before, which is of course also in line with what Toyota’s going for on their global SUV and crossover models.
It's no "spindle grille" but if you squint enough you can see some similarities [Source: Gaadiwaadi]
From the side, the biggest change on the Fortuner Legender would be its dual-tone paint scheme, which provides the Legender a sportier, more athletic appeal.
The same goes for the new 20-inch alloy wheels, which also comes in a metallic black and silver dual-tone color scheme. The rear end also gets a bump in style with the rear bumper’s new L-shape blade-like pieces, as well as the slightly re-designed tail-lamps.
The floating roof looks rather fetching on the Fortuner's roofline [Source: Gaadiwaadi]
2020 Toyota Fortuner Legender: Interior
Inside, the Fortuner Legender also gets easier on the eyes with its colored trim pieces which mirror the main exterior color. We’re still not sure whether this will be the same with the other available Legender colors, but as for the Emotional Red pictured here, it provides the interior a sportier, more premium look.
We're predicting that the red Legender will sell like hotcakes [Source: Gaadiwaadi]
Other improvements found on the Fortuner Legender’s interior includes ambient lighting, dual USB ports, wireless smartphone charging, and a nine-inch touchscreen capable of connecting via Android Auto and Android Carplay, as well as a nine-speaker JBL audio system.
2020 Toyota Fortuner Legender: Engine & safety features
Also available for the Fortuner Legender is the Toyota Safety Sense safety suite which includes dynamic radar cruise control, 360-degree view camera, and a lane departure alert.
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More power is always nice. But we're also wishing for a manual version Fortuner Legender [Source: Gaadiwaadi]
The 2.8-liter diesel engine has also been upgraded and it now makes 201 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. That’s a 27 horsepower and 50 Nm increase from the previous version. The smaller 2.4-liter diesel also makes its return for the facelifted Toyota Fortuner.
Know more about Toyota Fortuner
The Toyota Fortuner is one of the best selling midsize SUV in the Philippines. This midsize SUV has been driven on the country’s highways since the early 2000s. It became a household name because of its rugged platform, strong brand support, and tested durability. The second-generation Toyota Fortuner has topped the sales chart consistently, not only in the midsize SUV segment but also for the entire automotive industry in the country. The Toyota Fortuner shares the same IMV platform with the Innova and Hilux. Aside from the platform, the three models also share the same engine options but with different outputs. The current version of the Japanese SUV is sleeker compared to the model it replaces – making it a popular choice for car buyers. The cabin of the Toyota Fortuner can accommodate seven people. The third-row seat can be folded to the side to provide more cargo space. Ingress is smooth and easy with Smart Entry and Push Start System for LTD, Q, and V grades. The LTD variant features an elegant interior in leather with maroon accents, as well as galaxy black trim and interior illumination which adds to the sophisticated interior look of the vehicle. The Q variant also gets the classy black leather interior complemented by dark wood trim. The new Toyota Fortuner range is headlined by the new LTD variant in 4x4 and 4x2 which comes in an exclusive design, followed by Q and V variants in automatic transmission, and the G variant available in AT and MT.
Cesar G.B. Miguel