Toyota is planning to launch the Vellfire MPV in India in the coming months and for the same, the company recently held a small private event where it showcased the car to dealers. To let you know, the Vellfire is a full-fledged MPV and in a way is the same as the Alphard. The difference between Vellfire and Alphard is mainly in terms of aesthetics as the former gets a more sporty design along with a few other minor differences. To let you know, the Vellfire is expected to be priced at around Rs. 75-80 lakhs and hence those who were considering it as an upgrade to the Innova Crysta are in for a surprise. Let’s now take a look at the video below by Revv Evolution which shows the Vellfire inside-out.
The Vellfire will be brought to India via the CBU route under the now relaxed homologation rule. The relaxation in rules allows a manufacturer to import up to 2,500 vehicles every year without the need to homologate them in India. Talking about the design of the Vellfire, it has the same proportions and design theme as on the Alphard but with a little more spice. The exteriors, though all boxy, do not look that bad as Toyota has given the MPV a lavish treatment of chrome and those split LED headlamps further enhance the front end.
On the inside, the Vellfire comes packed with features which include twin sunroofs, blind spot monitor, 7 airbags, full-fledged rear-seat entertainment package, wireless charger, and ambient mood lighting, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system,10.2-inch screen for rear-seat passengers and a 360-degree surround-view camera among others. The second-row gets captain seats with power recline and are quite comfortable too.
The whole cabin carries dark shade which is also good for Indian conditions. 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. There is no dearth of space on the inside and even the last row seats have ample legroom and headroom. The seats can be folded in multiple ways to reveal a huge cargo area enough for a week-look trip.
The Indian version of the Toyota Vellfire is expected to be powered by a 2.5-litre petrol-hybrid engine. This hybrid powertrain puts out around 178 Bhp of power along with 235 Nm of peak torque and comes paired to an e-CVT unit. Power is sent to the rear wheels and there could be an AWD version too. When launched around October this year, the Vellfire will directly take on the Mercedes-Benz V-Class MPV that was launched a few months back in India. What remains to be seen, however, is that the buyers would prefer the Toyota badge over Mercedes-Benz.