Toyota is currently the king of the MPVs in the Indian market with its single MPV offering – the Innova Crysta. However, the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz V-Class in the Indian market and new launches like Kia Carnival indicates that the market is moving towards the premium MPVs in the market. Toyota got in a few Vellfire MPVs to India and showcased them at different dealerships across India to get market feedback and now, the vehicle will launch in the Indian market soon.
The Toyota Vellfire will be one of the most expensive MPVs in the Indian market and will carry a price list of around Rs 85 lakhs for the base variant that can go up to Rs 90 lakh for the top-end variant. Since it is a Completely Built Unit (CBU) import, Toyota even started accepting bookings for the upcoming car at various dealerships throughout India. The new car will be launched on 26th February 2020. It will take on the Mercedes-Benz V-Class directly in the Indian market.
Even though the Vellfire has been on sale in the international markets for a long time now, the car never launched officially in India. However, there are many who have imported the Vellfire from the international markets and are using it on the Indian roads.
The Vellfire will come powered only by a petrol-hybrid engine. It gets a 2.5-litre petrol engine that operates with two electric motors. The two electric motors are mounted individually on both the axles of the car and help in saving fuel. The petrol engine produces about 150 PS of maximum power and combined with the electric motors, the total output comes out to be around 197 PS. The power is transferred to all the wheels through a CVT automatic transmission. Since it is a hybrid vehicle, the Vellfire can run purely on electric power for shorter distances.
The luxury MPV will be available in 7-seat configuration with ‘Executive Lounge’ package. It will be the only variant available in the Indian market. Since it will be a CBU product, Toyota will have to limit the sales below 2,500 units per year to escape the homologation process. There are no plans revealed by the manufacturer but in the future, we may get to see the Vellfire getting assembled in India if the demand rises.
The vehicle will come with a long list of features including captain seats in the middle row, ventilated seats, reclinable middle row seats, electrically-powered sliding doors, electrically powered tailgate, dual sunroofs, three-zone automatic climate control system, ambient lighting, tray tables, seven airbags and lot of optional features.