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


The cooperation between Toyota and Suzuki brings other results, but the renamed 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 Svace and Across models, which are renamed Toyota models with different assortment of equipment, abroad there are also Suzuki models bearing the Toyota logo. And one of them is the new Toyota Rumion MPV.

The newly introduced three-row MPV, designed for South Africa, is a rebranded Suzuki Ertiga model, which the carmaker introduced to the Indonesian market in 2018. The differences are really only minimalist.

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

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 is 2740 mm. It is interesting that the basis of the car is the extended chassis of the Suzuki Swift model.

Considering the dimensions, it is not surprising that in the configuration with seven seats, the trunk 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 reach 803 liters. While these aren’t brilliant numbers, Rumion still offers the crew at least enough headroom, and in the back row there are even drink holders.

Under the hood is a 1.5-liter atmospheric four-cylinder engine with 77 kV (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, such as safety equipment. For example, Rumion has only ABS and two airbags.

But the combination of compact dimensions and simple technology helps to lower 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 highest version with the machine then costs 317,200 ZAR, which is approximately 466,800 CZK.

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