Toyota launches new 7-seater multi-purpose vehicle in South Africa for less than R250,000

Toyota has launched a new 7-seater multi-purpose vehicle in South Africa, the Toyota Rumion, starting at R245,600.

The Rumion replaces the Toyota Avanza, which served as South Africa’s first reasonably-sized people mover. Featuring compact dimensions, a simple fuel-efficient engine line-up and seven-seat carrying capacity – the Avanza immediately found favour with Mzansi.

“The Toyota Rumion brings with it a host of product improvements – specifically catered to the evolving needs of customers in the smaller MPV segment,” Toyota said in a statement.

Third Alliance Model

The new vehicle model represents the third product of the Toyota and Suzuki strategic alliance, following the Starlet and Urban Cruiser.

“The newcomer keeps the same product concept, compact dimensions, a four-cylinder petrol engine, seven-seater layout and good ground clearance. A noteworthy change is the switch to a front-wheel-drive layout – which brings with it improved fuel economy, better packaging and reduced mechanical componentry,” Toyota said.

The front design employs a trapezoidal radiator grille, with the familiar three-horizontal-slat design and centrally-mounted Toyota ellipse. These are flanked by large tapered headlamps with a large lower apron, which houses stylised air vents and fog lamp surrounds.

The side features a prominent crease line extending from the front fender to the rear taillamps, which is joined by an asymmetric rear window, adding a touch of visual flair. In the rear, large vertical LED taillamps with L-shaped lens extensions create a squared-off look. The stylised lower bumper mimics the front design, adding a sense of cohesion and width.

A choice of five exterior colours are on offer: Mystic Pearl White, Azure Blue, Seal Grey Metallic, Autumn Blaze Red and Shadow Black Pearl.

Engine & Transmission

All Toyota Rumion models employ the 1.5-litre K15B engine which delivers 77kW and 138Nm. Both 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmissions are offered (grade-dependant). The fuel consumption figure checks in at 6.2 l/100 km (a slight improvement over the 1.5 Avanza) for both transmission types.

CO2 emissions register as 146 and 147 g/km, while top speed is quoted as 175 and 170 km/h km, for the manual and auto respectively, the Japanese carmaker said.

Grades & Specification

The Toyota Rumion retains the existing three-grade line-up: S, SX and TX.

“The S-grade model is aimed at customers requiring pure functional use at a low price point, the SX offers a balance between affordability and comfort, while the TX grade is aimed at the leisure buyer requiring enhanced comfort and convenience.”

The S-grade features hard-wearing black exterior mirrors and radiator grille, colour-coded bumpers and high-mounted LED brake light. The interior is finished in durable textile trim with a three-spoke urethane steering wheel, and 60/40 folding second-row seating.

“A unique feature of the cabin are the ventilated cupholders upfront – allowing beverages to retain cold or heat. A 12-volt power outlet (front), electric windows, tilt-adjustable steering column and air-conditioner are also provided.”

The top-spec TX model offers customers a comprehensive specification level, aimed at the family buyer. An upgrade to keyless entry with push start, chrome door handles, fog lamps and automatic air-conditioner form the starting point of the TX ‘spec’ level.

The audio system is upgraded to the touchscreen variety, which brings with it a reverse camera and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality, while the speaker tally is increased to six. “Wood-trim finish on the instrument panel adds an air of luxury,” it said.

All grades feature driver and passenger airbags, ABS, EBD as well as ISOFIX points. An immobiliser and alarm is also included across the board.

Model Pricing

  • Rumion 1.5 S – R245,600
  • Rumion 1.5 SX MT – R273,500
  • Rumion 1.5 SX AT – R289,200
  • Rumion 1.5 TX MT – R301,600
  • Rumion 1.5 TX AT – R317,200

A four-services/60,000 km service plan is standard on all Rumion models, with service intervals pegged at 12-months/15 000 km. A 3-year/100 000 km warranty also forms part of the offering.

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Toyota launches new 7-seater multi-purpose vehicle in South Africa for less than R250,000