Toyota’s all-new compact MPV
The Toyota Avanza served as South Africa’s first affordable 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 (for both business and leisure use).
Now after two generations, the trusted Avanza makes way for the Toyota Rumion.
The Toyota Rumion brings with it a host of product improvements – specifically catered to the evolving needs of customers in the smaller MPV segment.
Third Alliance Model
The Toyota Rumion represents the third product of the Toyota and Suzuki strategic alliance. Following the Starlet and Urban Cruiser, which have achieved significant sales success in just a short space of time, the Toyota Rumion is poised to follow in its siblings’ footsteps.
Concept & Design
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.
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 (where fitted). The stylised lower bumper mimics the front design, adding a sense of cohesion and width.
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 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.
Wheels & Tyres
S-grade models are fitted with steel wheels shod with 185-65 R15 tyres. SX variants use the same size with stylised hubcaps while the TX models feature 15” alloy wheels. All models have a full-size spare wheel.
Safety & Security
All grades feature driver and passenger airbags, ABS, EBD as well as ISOFIX points. An immobiliser and alarm are also included across the board.
Peace of Mind
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.
Customers can also purchase additional service and warranty plan extensions from their nearest Toyota dealer with an impressive 220 outlets nationwide.