Toyota Vellfire India-launch price stands at Rs 79.5 lakh ex-showroom. Bookings were already open at Rs 10 lakh.
Toyota India has finally launched the Vellfire in the market for Rs 79.5 lakh ex-showroom (introductory). The luxury MPV (technically, a minivan) comes via the CBU route under the Indian government’s new import norms. Interestingly, the vehicle has been sold out for the first three months (a total of 180 units a rate of 60 units per month), with 20% of the first batch going to Hyderabad. To date, over six lakh units have been sold globally.
Bookings for the new Toyota Vellfire were already open at company showrooms for a token amount of Rs 10 lakh. The Indian-spec Toyota Vellfire will be sold in the country in the 6-seater Executive Lounge trim. The Japanese automaker could introduce 7- and 8-seater versions at a later stage.
The five-metre long Toyota Vellfire It will get LED lighting at the front and rear, sequential turn indicators and electric sliding doors and tailgate. The Vellfire will sport twin moon roofs and interiors will be loaded with advanced comfort and connectivity features. It receives two executive captain seats in the second row with a power reclining function and more. The seats can be electrically extended and retracted 140mm forward or backward.
The interiors get three-zone automatic climate control and rear-seat infotainment with twin 10.2” HD displays. In terms of safety, Toyota has fitted the Vellfire with an intelligent clearance sonar with 8 sensors for collision avoidance, pedestrian detection, radar cruise control alongside standard safety equipment such as front and side airbags, ABS and EBD.
Engine specifications on the new Toyota Vellfire include a petrol hybrid unit offering a combined power output close to 200bhp. The system comprises of a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 115bhp and 198Nm, coupled to a 141bhp motor at the front and a 67bhp unit at the rear, respectively. The system sends power to all four wheels via a CVT automatic gearbox. Fuel economy is claimed to be 16.35km/l.
As mentioned before, the Toyota Vellfire will be brought in as a CBU and as a result, it will be significantly expensive than its foreign counterparts. Targeted at corporates and tourism industries, the Toyota Vellfire will take on the likes of the Mercedes V-Class and Mercedes V-Class Elite. Meanwhile, the Kia Carnival is a much more affordable alternative.
Along with adding the Vellfire to the company line-up in India, Toyota is also busy upgrading its current lineup to comply with BS6 emission standards. The Etios range is being discontinued while the Yaris, Innova Crysta, Camry and Fortuner have started rolling out in BS6 formats.