We already know that Suzuki and Toyota are in a partnership and they have been launching rebadged products with different names under each brand. Toyota has now launched rebadged version of Maruti Suzuki’s Ertiga MPV in South African market.
The rebadged version of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga in known as Rumion. In India, Maruti Suzuki has not yet launched a rebadged version of a Toyota product but, Toyota has already launched Glanza, Urban Cruiser in the Indian market which is essentially rebadged version of Baleno and Brezza respectively. Pictures of the new Toyota Rumion or the rebadged Ertiga have surfaced online.
The MPV looks the same as Ertiga. Toyota has only made minor cosmetic changes to the MPV to make it Rumion. The car has now been launched for South African market. It is the third Maruti Suzuki model to be rebadged. The things that differentiate Rumion from Ertiga are the front grille and Toyota badging at the rear and other places. The design and the features offered in Rumion are all the same as Ertiga.
The front gets a signature chrome grille with Toyota logo, reminiscent of the grilles of previous generation Toyota Innovas in India. Similar type of grille has been seen on other rebadged products as well. Ertiga is based on Maruti Suzuki’s HEARTECT platform and no changes have been made to Toyota Rumion in mechanical terms. It is a three row or a 7-seater MPV which offers decent amount of space and features on the inside.
Toyota Rumion will offer features like multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, fabric seats, automatic climate control, touchscreen infotainment system and many more features. These features are also offered with Ertiga. The Smart Hybrid system of Suzki is likely to be offered with Rumion.
As mentioned above, mechanically there are no changes in Rumion. It uses the same 1.5 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that generates 105 Hp and 138 Nm of peak torque. Diesel version of Ertiga is not offered in the market anymore so, Toyota Rumion will also be not getting a diesel version. The petrol version of the MPV is offered with a five speed manual and a 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
The current generation Ertiga was launched in the market back in 2018 and it has been a popular MPV in both Indian and Indonesian markets. Maruti might be working on an updated version of Ertiga as it has not received any changes since launch. Coming back to the rebadged vehicles, Toyota is also working on a rebadged version of Maruti Ciaz and the mid size sedan will take the spot that Yaris left vacant. The rebadged mid size sedan from Toyota is likely to be called Belta and it has been spotted couple of times as well.
As far as the lanunch is concerned, it looks like Toyota will be bringing the Rumion in Indian market but we might have to wait for some time. Toyota is likely to launch Belta sedan in India first and the Rumion might be launched at a later point of time. Both manufactures are also working on a mid size SUV together.