Toyota has introduced the new MPV Rumion, but it is a rebranded Suzuki for Africa

The cooperation between Toyota and Suzuki brings other results, but the rebranded Suzuki Ertiga will probably not look to Europe.

While in the Czech Republic the cooperation between Toyota and Suzuki is evident mainly thanks to the Suzuki Swace and Across models, which are rebranded Toyota models with a different range of equipment, abroad there are also Suzuki models that bear the Toyota logo. And one of them is the new Toyota Rumion MPV.

The newly introduced MPV with three rows of seats, designed for South Africa, is a rebranded Suzuki Ertiga model, which the carmaker introduced on the Indonesian market in 2018. The differences are really only very minimalist.

Toyota differs from its sibling with the letter S in the emblem by using a new radiator grille, new 15-inch alloy wheels and, of course, different markings. However, the interior is completely taken over from Suzuki, which also applies to touch screen infotainment.

The Toyota Rumion is a surprisingly compact car on the MPV with three rows of seats. It measures only 4395 mm in length, 1735 mm in width and 1690 mm in height, while the wheelbase has a value of 2740 mm. It is interesting that the basis of the car is an extended chassis of the Suzuki Swift model.

Given the dimensions, it is not surprising that in the seven-seater configuration, the luggage compartment offers a volume of only 153 liters, but after folding the third row, the volume increases to 550 liters and after folding the rear row, we get to 803 liters. Although these are not brilliant numbers, Rumion still offers the crew at least enough space overhead and in the back row there are even drink holders.

Under the hood is a 1.5-liter atmospheric four-cylinder with an output of 77 kW (105 hp) with a maximum torque of 138 Nm, which can be combined with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. Technology does not impress too much, as does, for example, safety equipment. For example, Rumion has only ABS and two airbags.

But the combination of compact dimensions and simple technology helps to push the price really low. Toyota Rumion thus starts from the price of 245,600 ZAR (South African Rand), which is approximately 361,500 CZK. The top version with the machine then costs from 317,200 ZAR, which is approximately 466,800 CZK.


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