Toyota Kirloskar Motor is planning to launch the Vellfire in India. The company's intentions were revealed when it showcased the luxury MPV at a private event previously, and now, it is being displayed to prospective buyers before its launch in October.
The Toyota Vellfire is the fancier version of the Toyota Alphard which was previously under consideration for the Indian market. It is the most luxurious people mover that is built by Toyota and it competes with the likes of Mercedes V-Class. In the international market, the Toyota Vellfire is offered in two body styles - Standard Body and Aero Body. As the name suggests, the latter is the more aggressively styled version, but India is getting the former apparently.
In terms of dimensions, the Toyota Vellfire measures 4,935 mm in length, 1,850 mm in width and 1,935 mm/1,950 mm in height. The ground clearance varies from 160 mm to 170 mm depending on the selected configuration. In terms of mechanicals, there will be no market-specific changes.
Toyota makes the Vellfire with the 2AR-FE 2.5-litre petrol engine (182 PS/235 Nm) mated to a CVT and the 2GR-FKS 3.5-litre petrol engine (301 PS/361 Nm) linked to an 8-speed AT, as well as a hybrid powertrain comprising the 2AR-FXE 2.5-litre petrol engine (152 PS/206 Nm), the 2JM electric motor (143 PS/270 Nm) and the 2FM electric motor (68 PS/139 Nm). In India, the hybrid powertrain will be standard. Depending on the trim, the fuel economy rating (JC08) of the hybrid variant is either 18.4 km/l or 19.4 km/l.
Inside, the Indian-spec Toyota Vellfire features faux-wood treatment on the dashboard, gear lever, steering wheel and other places which ups the luxury quotient of the MPV. Toyota makes the Vellfire in 7- and 8-seat versions and India is apparently getting the comfort-oriented version with captain seats in the middle row.
As per the previous leaked brochure, the Toyota Vellfire in India will be kitted with features such as LED headlights with cornering lamps, sequential turn indicators, power slide & back doors, 7 airbags, powered extendable Ottoman full recline seats, twin moonroof, multi-colour ambient lighting, individual seat tables, seat ventilation, heating and memory functions and Black/Flaxen interior.
The Toyota Vellfire is expected to be launched in October this year and will retail at around INR 75 lakh (ex-showroom).