Spotting a lifted Toyota Fortuner that can be thrashed around in loose terrain is quite easy. But ever came across a lowered one? Here's one, check it out.
Toyota has recently launched the Fortuner facelift and Fortuner Legender in Thailand. The Legender variant of the Fortuner is designed in a sporty manner, while the facelift continues to don the tough look with no-nonsense design cues. However, the Legender variant does not miss out on the high-riding stance that the Fortuner is loved for. It gets a lot of piano-black elements at places to look sportier. Since it sits as high as the regular Fortuner does, it can’t be said to be a sporty-SUV. Therefore, folks at LOW5100W have lowered the Fortuner Legender to give it a lower centre of gravity and centre of mass. The car in the pictures here is slammed with the help of digital tools, not the mechanical ones.
In simpler words, it is rendered with reduced suspension travel. The Fortuner Legender gets bigger 20-inch alloy wheels in comparison to the 18-inch units seen on the pre-facelift model. And, they fill up the big wheel arches nicely. But, the lowered Fortuner Legender gets the wheel size increased furthermore. Apart from the low ride height and bigger alloy wheels with low-profile rubber, everything else is kept as is in this rendering. With the reduced ride-height, the Fortuner Legender has lost its road presence and off-road capabilities, but we are assuming that it will handle much better than the stock car.
The Fortuner facelift and Fortuner Legender are expected to make their way to Indian showrooms by early next year. The Thai-spec Fortuner comes with the 2 engine options – 2.4L diesel and 2.8L diesel. It is the latter that is offered on the India-spec Fortuner as well. With the facelift, the 2.8L oil-burner gets increased power and torque output of 204 PS and 500 Nm, respectively. In India, Fortuner is also offered with a 2.7L petrol motor, which isn’t offered on the Thai-spec car. Thus we are not aware of if it will get a bumped-up power output as well. In its current state of tune, it produces 166 PS of peak power and 245 Nm of max torque.