- Recently, Toyota filed for Rumion’s nameplate trademark in India.
- The Japanese MPV launched in South Africa might visit the Indian market in 2022.
- Rumion is the third rebadged vehicle of Maruti Suzuki to be sold under Toyota brand.
Toyota has filed a trademark in India for Rumion’s nameplate. This hints at the MPV’s launch in the Indian market in the near future. The Ertiga-based Rumion was recently launched in the South African auto market.
There has been no confirmation from Toyota on Rumion’s launch in India though the hopes are high with the news of the trademark.
On an important note, the Rumion MPV that is on sale in South Africa is manufactured in India, as part of the agreement between Toyota and Maruti to supply India-made Suzuki models to South Africa.
Ertiga vs Rumion
Maruti Ertiga, currently in sale in India, looks and comes with similar features as that in Rumion. Rumion has the same silhouette, headlamps, bumpers, alloy wheels, tail lights, etc. as the Ertiga. With that being said, the Toyota Rumion does feature some differentiating features such as a different grille and the Toyota badging.
Rumion’s front grille extends across its angular halogen headlights and front fog lamp. Also, it has slanted A-pillars that continue into its roofline to accentuate the bigger space provided by the vehicle.
Interiors are also borrowed from Ertiga and comes with almost exactly the same features.
On the engines, Rumion comes with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. It’s the same as in Ertiga and puts out a maximum power of 77 kW at 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 138 Nm @ 4,400 rpm. It comes mated to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.
Other Rebadged Models
Apart from Rumion that is yet to enter the Indian market, Toyota has two other rebadged versions already doing well here. They are the Glanza and Urban Cruiser, based on Maruti Baleno and Maruti Vitara Brezza respectively.
Also waiting to be launched is the new Belta that is the rebadged model of Maruti’s Ciaz. It will replace Toyota’s Yaris sedan that was discontinued earlier. The 7-seater Rumion could be expected to follow Belta into the market post its launch.