Toyota’s capital alliance agreement with Maruti Suzuki and their business partnership is progressing in the Indian car market as well as in a few other foreign countries. By promoting a mutual supply of products, both companies have thrived to bring new products to the buyers. Under the same business strategy, Toyota launched another product named the Rumion in some global markets which is an affordable 7-seater. So, can Toyota bring it to India? In today’s article, let’s talk about this affordable Toyota 7-seater and plans of its India launch.
New MPV from Toyota
The Toyota Rumion is the rebadged version of Maruti’s Ertiga. Just like we have seen the Glanza, and Urban Cruiser, which were the sister cars of Baleno and Brezza respectively, this could be another iteration from Toyota.
Toyota 7-seater – Design
The Toyota Rumion shares the same design and overall look with the Ertiga but we do get to see some differentiations in the front fascia as well as the rear. The grille has been tweaked. Moving to the interior, the car is fairly identical to the Ertiga other than the monogram. Feature-wise, it is equipped like the previous-generation Ertiga. Features like cooled cup holders, auto AC, projector headlamps, and many more are on offer.
Now, one thing to note here is that Maruti has already upgraded the Ertiga. If Toyota decides to bring the Rumion to India, we expect it to be updated accordingly.
The Rumion gets the pre-update 1.5-litre petrol unit that churns out 103bhp & 138Nm of torque. Transmission duties are carried by a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed torque convertor. As mentioned above, Toyota is expected to update this MPV similar to what Maruti has done with the Ertiga. This means that the India-spec Rumion could get the updated 1.5-litre Dual Jet petrol engine that makes 102bhp & 137Nm of torque and comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed torque convertor.
Toyota 7-seater – Launch plans?
There is no official confirmation from the brand, however, rumours in the past have suggested that the company did consider the Rumion for India. As a matter of fact, the Rumion was also trademarked in the country. With that being said, we haven’t heard much about this MPV or its India launch since. Could Toyota bring it in the future? Only time will tell. Would you be interested in a Toyota-badged Ertiga? Do let us know in the comments.
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