Toyota already has two rebadged cars - the Glanza and the Urban Cruiser in the Indian market the Rumion, based on the Ertiga MPV will join the bandwagon after the launch of Belta
Toyota has already introduced the Ertiga-based Rumion in the South African market. The Japanese manufacturer has now registered the name in the Indian market indicating that Toyota will also use the same name for the Indian market. The Indian market will get the Rumion sometime in next year.
Toyota India has just trademarked the Rumion name in India, for its upcoming MPV. This rebadged Maruti Suzuki Ertiga was recently introduced in South Africa with only minor cosmetic changes and a Toyota logo.
Will the Toyota Rumion look different from Ertiga?
The Toyota Rumion looks just like the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, and all body panels, wheels, and other styling elements are exactly like the Maruti as well. The only visibly distinguishing element is the front grille, which has gone under the knife to match Toyota’s design language. This grille looks quite similar to the one on the Glanza, which again, is a rebadged Maruti Suzuki Baleno.
Same engine as Ertiga
Powering the Toyota Rumion is the same 1.5-litre mild-hybrid petrol engine that drives the Ertiga. In its current configuration, this engine produces 105hp and 138Nm torque. It will come paired with a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed torque converter automatic.
Changes in the cabin?
Inside too, everything remains the same, except that the Rumion will also get an all-black interior while the Ertiga gets a beige one. Since aren’t really any changes, except for cosmetic ones, the Rumion will also have a three-row set up for passengers. The list of features is also expected to be the same as the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, including an identical dashboard.
What we know so far about the Rumion?
So far, all we know is that the name Rumion has been registered in India, and there is no confirmation on Toyota’s actual plans for the MPV. The launch of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz-based Belta, which is supposed to replace the now discontinued Toyota Yaris, is expected to happen before the Rumion’s arrival in the Indian market.
Toyota and Maruti Suzuki have an agreement that Toyota will be able to supply, Indian manufactured cars to Toyota South Africa, and thus the Ertiga based Rumion sold in South Africa, is currently being manufactured here and is rebadged as a Toyota, before being shipped off. About the Beltan, this sedan is already under production for some left-hand drive markets and the car might be come to the domestic market in 2022.