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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Toyota's New Small MPV Looks Very Familiar

The 2022 Toyota Rumion is very familiar for very good reason: it’s a re-badged Suzuki Ertiga.

Continuing the collaboration between these two Japanese carmakers—there’s the Toyota Starlet and Suzuki Baleno, and the Toyota Urban Cruiser and the Suzuki Vitara Brezza—the Toyota Rumion basically swaps its badges and tacks on a brand-specific grille. Everything else—from the mechanicals to the interior is pretty much the second-generation Ertiga.

Like the Suzuki version of the MPV, the Toyota Rumion is powered by the K15B 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making 105 horsepower and 138 Nm of torque. The available transmissions are also the same: a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. Power is routed through the front wheels.

Inside, it’s pretty much the Ertiga as well down to the flat-bottom steering wheel, the faux woodgrain trim, and even the “floating” infotainment system.

So far, the Toyota Rumion was launched for the South African market. It’s sourced from India where it’s built alongside the Suzuki Ertiga by Maruti Suzuki.

Fans of the Avanza in the ASEAN markets, including the Philippines won’t need to worry though as Toyota won’t be doing a simple badge swap despite earlier rumors.

Reports are coming in that the all-new Avanza, slated to arrive this November, will ride on a brand-new unibody platform designed and engineered by Daihatsu called the DNGA. With the all-new Avanza certain to get a hefty price jump, Toyota is considering to sell the current Avanza alongside the all-new model for fleets.

1 comment:

  1. I bet this version of the Ertiga will cost 20% more than the Suzuki version lol. Still, atleast its massively better than the current Avanza/Rush. Toyota should take notes from this Rumion/Ertiga on how to properly make a small MPV.


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