Toyota Vellfire MPV launched in India
The Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPV) became popular in India since 2019. It began with Mercedes-Benz launching its luxury MPV, the V-class Marco polo at the Auto Expo 2020. However, the idea gained attention when KIA and MG launched their MPVs – the Carnival, and the G10, on the second day of Auto Expo 2020. We all know that the 80 years old Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota is already ruling the Indian SUV market with its Innova Crysta and Fortuner. In addition, they have just launched their luxury MPV, the Toyota Vellfire.
The Vellfire model is a restyled version of Toyota Alphard with few minor changes in the exterior. Toyota is planning to ship the Vellfire model from Thailand to India as a completely built-up (CBU) model under the homologation rule.
For the unknown, the homologation rule is the process of certifying that a particular car is roadworthy and matches certain specified criteria laid out by the government for all vehicles made or imported into that country.
The Vellfire is available only in a single fully-loaded variant. It is powered by a petrol-electric hybrid model of 150 hp, 2.5-litre petrol engine coupled with a 143 hp electric motor. The combined output stands at 197hp with a CVT automatic transmission gearbox.
Inside, it gets a 10-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a 360-degree camera. At the back, the second row will have two VIP seats with powered ottomans for leg support. Ventilated and electrically reclining seats, and a ceiling-mounted 13-inch rear entertainment screen. Other luxury features include a powered tailgate, sliding doors, 2 sunroofs, 3-zone automatic climate control, mood lighting, and individual tray tables.
Since the Vellfire is available only as a single luxury variant, itis priced from Rs 79.50 lakh onwards (ex-showroom, pan-India). This makes it more expensive than the entry-level Mercedes V-Class Marco Polo; and way more than the KIA Carnival which is at 24.95 lakh onwards (ex-showroom).
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