Toyota Vellfire is slated for a launch in India on February 26. The upcoming luxury MPV will be available with a petrol-hybrid powertrain. Read ahead to know more.
Japanese car giant Toyota is all set to launch the new Vellfire in India on 26th February. The new luxury MPV is already on display at select dealerships throughout the country, with some even offering test drives to potential customers.
The current-generation Toyota Vellfire was first introduced back in 2015 and then received a mid-life facelift in 2017. It is available in two variants – ‘Standard Body’ and ‘Aero Body’. The MPV is based on the Toyota Alphard, which is another MPV in Toyota’s international line-up. The Vellfire is internationally available in 7- and 8-seater versions, although we would only see the 7-seater one on Indian roads. Other features on offer include heated & ventilated front seats, power-operated rear doors, power-operated tailgate, tables for individual seats, and power-adjustable seats. You’ll be able to choose between two interior colour themes: Black and Flaxen.
The exterior of the Toyota Vellfire is quite unique and eye-catchy. It features dagger-shaped vertically split headlamps, a huge front grille with chrome splattered horizontally across. The rear also is quite an attention seeker, and the stubby vertical tailgate gives it a very utilitarian look. The headlamps, taillamps, and turn-indicators are all LED-units. As for the dimensions, the Toyota MPV is quite large. Its length is 4,935 mm, width 1,850 mm , and height 1,950 mm. The wheelbase is 3,000 mm long. You also have 17-inch wheels on offer, which lend the MPV a very sporty stance.
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The India-spec version will feature a petrol/electric hybrid powertrain. It will have a 2.5-litre petrol engine paired with two electric motors, one for the front axle and one for the rear. The electric motors will derive power from a 6.5 Ah Nickel-Hydride battery.
In India, Toyota will only offer the Vellfire in Standard Body variant, and only in ‘Executive Lounge’ trim. There will be three paint schemes on offer: White Pearl, Graphite ME, and Burning Black. It will be brought to India via the CBU route in limited numbers, which means that the vehicle won't have to go through homologation. This will make things easy for the Japanese manufacturer. Some dealers had even started accepting bookings for the Vellfire unofficially a while back. Price of the vehicle is expected to be quite high, around Rs. 75 lakh. This will bring it in direct competition to the Mercedes V-Class, which currently is uncontested in the Indian market.