Toyota has lined up two big launches for the Indian market later this year: the Vellfire luxury MPV that will sit above the Innova Crysta at a hefty price tag, and the TRD version of the Fortuner luxury SUV. The Vellfire was recently showcased to Toyota dealers from across India in a dealer-specific event conducted by the Japanese automaker. As for the Fortuner TRD, this special edition, sporty trim of the SUV is already on sale in many South East Asian markets, and will soon be launched in India as a range topping trim for the luxury SUV’s line up. Toyota’s previous launch in India was the rebadged Maruti Baleno, which the automaker has branded as the Glanza. The Glanza is doing around 2,000 units per month, outselling the likes of the Etios sedan and Liva hatchback, two other similarly priced cars in Toyota’s Indian line up.
Coming back to the Toyota Vellfire, the luxury MPV is likely to arrive into India through the completely built unit (CBU) route. The Vellfire will use a 2.5 liter-4 cylinder petrol engine that produces 177 Bhp of peak power and 235 Nm of peak torque. Interestingly, this makes the MPV less powerful than the Toyota Innova Crysta, which gets a 2.8 liter turbo diesel engine with 171 Bhp-343 Nm outputs on the top-end trim.
The Vellfire will use a CVT automatic gearbox that drives the rear wheels. Considering the bulk of the vehicle (2 tons+), don’t expect the Vellfire to be very frugal. This will make it quite a niche offering, with Toyota pushing it to high-end hospitality industry users. Also, private car buyers seeking a luxurious MPV for their families may opt for the Vellfire, which is likely to sport a price tag of about Rs. 75 lakhs.
The Toyota Fortuner TRD will merely be a cosmetic makeover for the big SUV. A contrast roof, revised grille, dechromed bits on the outside and revised front and rear bumpers are likely to be key changes on the SUV. TRD badging at the front and rear will further differentiate this SUV from the regular versions. Under the hood, the 2.8 liter-4 cylinder GD turbocharged diesel engine with 174 Bhp-450 Nm will be standard. This engine gets 6 speed manual and automatic gearbox options on the regular trims, along with rear wheel drive and four wheel drive layouts. The TRD version is likely to be offered with manual and automatic gearboxes, but with the four wheel drive layout as standard. Expect a price premium of around Rs. 1 lakh over the top-end manual 4×4 and automatic 4×4 trims of the Fortuner, which are priced at Rs. 38 lakhs and Rs. 40 lakhs (On-road Delhi) respectively.