Toyota has introduced the latest Vellfire MPV in India, priced at Rs 1.20 crore (ex-showroom, India). Positioned as a sibling to the upscale Lexus LM, the new Vellfire offers two variants – Hi and VIP – with the latter featuring the Executive Lounge package. Surprisingly, Toyota launched the Vellfire ahead of the expected timeline, which was initially set for September 2023. Unofficial bookings for the MPV began at some Toyota dealerships in June.
Sharing its underpinnings with the Lexus LM, the new Vellfire maintains a familiar appearance, featuring a sizable six-slat grille showcasing the Toyota logo. The design includes split headlamps with LED daytime running lights, a U-shaped chrome strip on the bumper, and a V-shaped tail-lamp enclosure with prominent Vellfire badging.
Inside, the Vellfire boasts a simplified dashboard with a 14-inch touchscreen controlling various functions. Passengers benefit from a sizeable overhead console for vehicle controls, AC vents, and pull-down sun shades. The top-tier Vellfire VIP variant includes the Executive Lounge package, offering second-row captain’s chairs with retractable tables, heating, ventilation, and a detachable control panel for media and climate adjustments.
Safety features encompass the Toyota Safety Sense ADAS system, including pre-collision safety, lane trace assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring. Six airbags, stability control, park assist, hill assist control, and more contribute to comprehensive safety.
Built on Toyota’s modular TNGA-K platform, the new Vellfire is lighter than its predecessor and measures 4,995mm in length, 1,850mm in width, and 1,950mm in height, with a 3,000mm wheelbase. A 193hp, 240Nm, 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol-hybrid powertrain coupled with an e-CVT delivers an estimated fuel efficiency of 19.28kpl.
Positioned in a unique luxury MPV segment until the potential arrival of the Lexus LM in India, the Vellfire currently has no direct competitors.
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