Toyota Kirloskar Motor recently launched the all-new Innova Hycross MPV in Korea. This year, the Japanese aims to further expand its Indian product portfolio with two new models: a Toyota seven-seat MPV based on the Maruti Ertiga and a Toyota Coupe SUV based on the upcoming Maruti Baleno Cross. A new press report suggests a plantation version of Toyota’s Ertiga MPV (codenamed D23) could be unveiled in mid-2023.
As you know, the company already sells the Ertiga-based Toyota Rumion MPV in South Africa. Indeed, Toyota has filed a trademark application for the Rumion nameplate in India in October 2021. Visually, the Toyota Rumion looks exactly like the Maruti Ertiga. What sets it apart from the donor model, however, is the redesigned grille and Toyota’s signature badging. The side and rear profiles, alloy wheels, body panels and other design elements of both MPVs are identical.
The interior of the new Toyota 7-seater MPV will also be similar to the Ertiga. Features such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, six airbags and automatic headlamps are reserved for higher trims. This model also features a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Appel CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, ‘Suzuki Connect’ connectivity, 6-speaker audio system, height-adjustable driver’s seat, front center sliding armrest, push start/stop button, automatic AC unit, rear defogger, automatic door locks with speed detection, electronic stability program, hill hold assist, rear parking sensors, Isofix anchorage and more.
Powering the new Toyota seven-passenger MPV (Lumion) will be Ertiga’s 1.5-liter, four-cylinder K15C Dualjet engine. The motor pushes out a maximum output of 103bhp and 136Nm of torque. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual and a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Like Ertiga, Toyota Lumion is likely to promise a mileage of 20.51 kmpl (MT) and 20.30 kmpl (AT). The MPV is also available with a CNG fuel option, giving it a fuel economy of 26.11 km/kg.