The Maruti Suzuki and Toyota merger has seen quite a lot of new models lately. The Glanza and Urban Cruiser have already been on sale for a while and recently we also got a look at the Ciaz based Toyota Belta which was being imported to foreign markets. Now, we get to take a look at Toyota’s fourth Maruti based model: the Rumion. The Rumion is essentially a rebadged Ertiga for the South African market. Let’s take a look:
Toyota Rumion: a quick look
Since the Rumion is essentially is an Ertiga underneath, it is based on the same Heartect platform which underpins other Maruti models. Even the dimensions are the same at 4,395 mm long, 1,735 mm wide and 1,690 mm in height. The wheelbase is rated at 2,740 mm. The boot space is rated at 209 litres. Powering the Rumion is the same 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine. The engine is tuned to generate 105 hp of peak power and 138 Nm of maximum twist. This power is sent to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox that comes as standard and you also get the option of a four-speed automatic as an option.
The engine also comes with Maruti Suzuki’s SHVS technology, a mild hybrid system. The interior gets a beige theme, with faux wooden inserts. The second-row seat can be split in a 60:40 ratio and gets a one-touch recline and tumble to access the third row. The third-row seats can be reclined. All rows get at least 2 cupholders, with an air cooler in the front row. The driver gets a coloured MID in the instrument console providing a plethora of information. The centre console of the car gets a touchscreen infotainment system which is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compliant and ventilated cup holders. Moreover, the car comes with safety equipment like dual airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seats and high-speed alert chime are offered as standard across the model range.
The Rumion could still be some time away from its India launch. Toyota will most probably bring in the Ciaz based Belta first since it would fill the gap left by the recently discontinued Yaris sedan.