Toyota is expanding its product lineup in India with three new models - one of them would be based on the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, the second one would be based on the Maruti Suzuki Fronx, and the third model is the MY2024 of the global-spec Toyota Vellfire premium MPV.
The first to launch will be the Toyota Rumion, which is a rebadged version of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. It will be followed by the next-gen Toyota Vellfire, which is a full-size luxury MPV. The third model is a badge-engineered version of the Maruti Suzuki Fronx, which is a sub-4 meter crossover.
The Toyota Rumion will be launched in India in August 2023. It will have a few styling changes to its plastic parts, including a new bumper, fog lamp surrounds, grille, and alloy wheels. The interior will have a blacked-out dashboard with wood-like inserts and black upholstery. It will be offered as a 7-seater only.
The Toyota Vellfire will be launched in September 2023. It is a full import and will be based on Toyota's TNGA-K modular platform. It will be offered with a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol-hybrid powertrain that has a combined power output of 250hp.
The third model is a badge-engineered version of the Maruti Suzuki Fronx and it is expected to launch around Diwali 2023. The changes to the Toyota version will be minimal and only cosmetic. It will be offered with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated engine in both petrol and CNG guise, along with the 5-speed manual and AMT gearboxes. It will also likely carry over the 1.0-litre BoosterJet turbo-petrol engine with its manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox.
These three new models will help Toyota expand its product lineup in India and compete with other automakers in the country.
Here are some of the key details of the three new models:
- Toyota Rumion: Launch in August 2023, rebadged Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, 7-seater only, 1.5-litre petrol engine with manual or automatic transmission, also available with CNG
- Toyota Vellfire: Launch in September 2023, full import, 2.5-litre petrol-hybrid powertrain with 250hp, 6-seater only
- Toyota Fronx: Launch around Diwali 2023, badge-engineered Maruti Suzuki Fronx, 1.2-liter petrol engine with manual or AMT transmission, 1.0-liter BoosterJet turbo-petrol engine with manual or automatic transmission