The Toyota Vellfire will come to India via the CBU route and the sole competitor it has in India is the Mercedes V-Class. It is expected to be priced around Rs 80 lakhs.
The premuim MPV segment in India is seeing a lot of action lately. Mercedes-Benz has launched several iterations of the V-Class over the last few months and recently, we also saw the Kia Carnival coming into our market at the bottom end of the premium MPV segment. We had already reported to you about Toyota bringing the Vellfire to India and now, the company has announced that they will be launching this premium MPV in India on February 26.
The Vellfire is an executive luxury MPV that will come to our shores via the CBU route under the Indian government’s relaxed homologation rule. In India, the Vellfire will come with Toyota’s ‘Executive Lounge’ package as standard. That includes two captain chairs for the middle row passengers. The seats themselves are ventilated and can be electrically reclined too.
This package also includes powered tailgate and sliding doors, two sunroofs, three-zone automatic climate control, mood lighting and individual tray tables for the India-spec Vellfire. There are also two 10.2 inch screen for the rear passengers as part of the entertainment package and it also gets a 360 degree camera. The cabin comes draped in dual-tone beige and black finish while the exterior has been painted in Pearl White.
Just for you knowledge, the Vellfire is based on the Alphard MPV which is on sale in some select markets. The Vellfire is essentially a more premium version of the same and it gets unique front and rear design and more features on the inside, along with added creature comforts. The Vellfire will be available in India in a single fully-loaded trim and is expected to have an ex-showroom price of about Rs. 80 lakhs.
The Toyota Vellfire will be powered by a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain which couples a 150hp, 2.5-litre petrol engine with a 143hp electric motor. The combined output however stands at 197hp. This is the same powertrain that does duty on the Lexus NX 300h SUV already on sale in India. The engine will come mated to a CVT gearbox with power being sent to all four wheels. The Vellfire can also be driven in pure EV mode over short distances.
The Vellfire will have only one direct competitor when it is launched, the Mercedes-Benz V-class, prices for which are in the range of Rs 68.40 lakh to Rs 1.46 crore (ex-showroom, pan-India).