Toyota has reframing its Indian business policy of late and the first step towards that was seen in the form of the Toyota Glanza. The rebadged Maruti Suzuki Balneo will be soon followed by a slew of Maruti Suzuki based rebranded cars that will help Toyota establish itself in the sub Rs. 10 lakh segment. With the lower segment sorted, Toyota is now looking at bringing in some new players in the upper spectrum of the market and if the latest input is to be believed, the next car by the company in India could be the Vellfire premium luxury MPV.
According to a Team-Bhp forum discussion, the Japanese manufacturer is eyeing the premium luxury MPV segment in India where the Mercedes-Benz V-Class is the only offering as of now. The Mercedes was launched a few months back in India and has shown impressive sales which pulled the attention of other manufacturers in the segment. Apparently, Toyota has already showcased the Vellfire to several dealers and the car will be brought here in essentially the same spec as sold in Malaysia. This also means that it will be brought in via the CBU route and will feature a 2.5-litre petrol engine.
Talking about the Toyota Vellfire, it is a luxury seven-seater MPV that is based on the Toyota Alphard. Compared to the Alphard, which itself has been coming to our markets since nearly a decade, the Vellfire features a sportier look and a different powertrain along with being positioned a bit lower in the model lineup than the Alphard. The vehicle comes packed with features which include LED headlights, twin sunroofs, blind spot monitor, 7 airbags, full-fledged rear-seat entertainment package, wireless charger, and LED ceiling illumination among others.
The second-row gets captain seats with power recline and Ottoman. Further, the front and second-row occupants have independent controls for the sunroof, as each row of seats has its own glass pane above them. Under the hood of the Toyota Vellfire is a naturally aspirated 2.5-litre 2AR-FE inline four-cylinder dual VVTi engine. This engine pumps out a decent 180 PS of power along with 235 Nm of torque and comes mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that sends power to the front wheels.
If speculations are to be believed then Toyota will bring the Vellfire in India by this quarter itself. It will have a price tag of around Rs. 75 lakh which will pit it directly against the Mercedes-Benz V-Class MPV. Apart from the Vellfire, Toyota is working on the rebadged version of the Ciaz, Vitara Brezza and the Ertiga MPV that will be launched in the coming time. Also, they will be more than just a rebadge job which was seen on the Glanza.