Toyota had showcased the Alphard luxurious MPV at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. Instead of launching this MPV, the Japanese brand is now considering the Toyota Vellfire for the Indian car market. The company has recently showcased the luxurious people mover to its dealer partners.
If reports are to be believed, the Toyota Vellfire will go on sale in the country in October-November 2019. First launched in the international markets in 2008, the Vellfire is currently in its second generation (Launched in 2015). Toyota will launch the facelift version of the Vellfire in India, which was unveiled in 2017.
Interestingly, the Alphard and the Vellfire are priced similar in the Japanese market. However, the later comes with more aggressive and sharper design. In India, people highly influenced by the design of the product and Vellfire has better appeal than the Alphard. It features LED headlamps with LED sequential turn indicators reverse linked ORVMs with memory, LED fog lamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, etc.
The Toyota Vellfire cabin is directly sourced from the Alphard sibling. In fact, the dashboard design and seating layout is similar to the sibling MPV. It gets all-black interior scheme with silver treatments. The new Toyota MPV is loaded with several high-end comfort and convenience features. Features like twin moon roof, LED roof colour illumination, LED roof ambient illumination and Nappa leather upholstery give it a luxury feel. The Vellfire gets automated sliding centre door that operates with a touch of a button. Feature list include 8-way electric power steering, 7-inch LED touchscreen with USB, Bluetooth with navigation and T-connect, rear view camera, sliding second row of seats, etc. Also See – Toyota Plans for India
In terms of proportions, the Toyota Vellfire is 4,935mm in length, 1,850mm in width and 1,935mm in height and has a wheelbase of 3,000mm. In the international markets, the Toyota MPV is available in multiple engine options including a 180bhp, 2.5L petrol, a 297bhp, 3.5-litre petrol and a 2.5L petrol + 2JM electric + 2FM electric motor. The India-spec model is likely to get the hybrid powertrain, which will be paired to a CVT automatic gearbox.
The Toyota Vellfire will be directly positioned against the Mercedes V-Class. To be imported through the CBU route, the Vellfire is expected to be priced around Rs 70 lakh.