Toyota has unveiled the Rumion compact MPV, and it’s undeniable that the initial buzz revolves around its Maruti Suzuki Ertiga origins. Yet, a closer examination reveals Toyota’s efforts to distinguish the Rumion’s appearance. Unlike a mere Ertiga clone with Toyota badges, the Rumion aligns more with the desired aesthetics – resembling a scaled-down Innova Crysta HyCross, at least upfront.
Leveraging the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga as its foundation, Toyota has significantly altered the Rumion’s frontal demeanor, granting it a unique identity. While the Ertiga’s headlamp housings with halogen projectors remain, Toyota has redefined the grille nestled between them. Departing from the Ertiga’s slender grille, the all-new Rumion boasts an expansive trapezoidal grille, accented by chrome highlights along its sides and lower periphery – mirroring the pre-facelift Innova Crysta Hycross’ design.
Further, Toyota has imbued the Rumion’s front bumper with a sportier flair compared to the Ertiga. The bumper features fog lamps ensconced in arrowhead-shaped black housings, while a trapezoidal air dam at the lower end incorporates chrome accents.
Although Toyota maintains the Ertiga’s side and rear profiles – including the characteristic wraparound tail lamps and generously sized door panels – the Rumion gains a distinct design for its 15-inch machined alloy wheels. The color palette for the new Toyota Rumion sets it apart, encompassing Spunky Blue, Rustic Brown, Iconic Grey, Café White, and Enticing Silver hues.
Inside the cabin, the Toyota Rumion mirrors the Ertiga’s layout, albeit with a slight divergence in the dual-tone brown and beige upholstery. Rest assured, the MPV proudly bears the Toyota logo on the steering wheel and TFT MID within the instrument console. From the released images and details, the Rumion inherits the Ertiga’s feature set, including the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, roof-mounted rear AC vents, cruise control, push start-stop button, and automatic climate control.
Toyota has commenced bookings for the new Rumion, positioning it to compete with the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the lower-tier petrol variants of the Kia Carens, once it hits the market.