Vans are going to be the in-thing. Trust us on this one! If you don’t, take a look at the Interweb. Mercedes-Benz launched the Camper, Kia the Carnival and now, Toyota the Vellfire. The Toyota Vellfire price in India is Rs 79.50 lakh, ex-showroom. The bookings started a month ago while deliveries will begin from in sometime. Toyota also throws a shell at us by saying that three months of Vellfire units allocated for the Indian market have already been accounted for. Wow! That’s saying something, isn’t it. The next batch of deliveries could perhaps start from September 2020. There are four colours and one variant to choose from – Graphite, Black, Burning Black and White Pearl.
The Toyota Vellfire must definitely be very luxurious then!
It indeed is. The Toyota Vellfire brings in Lexus-like luxury with a Toyota badge. If we talk about the looks, the vehicle has got slab sides and looks a typical van. There are modern touches like the all-LED headlights, fog lamps with cornering function, loads of chrome, sliding doors and 17-inch alloys. Inside, you get twin moonroofs, a JBL-sourced music system with 17 speakers, 10-inch infotainment that boasts Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay, Wi-fi, HDMI port, 13-inch rear screen with power adjust and more. The latter part encompasses power sliding doors, heated steering wheel, cooled/heated memory front seats, powered ORVMs with heating and memory functions and chauffeur controls. Phew!
The Toyota Vellfire is not a gas guzzling monster either. At least, that is what is being claimed. The car is a strong hybrid and boasts a 2.5-litre petrol engine with variable valve timing. This engine, we have seen in the Camry, makes 117PS of power and 198Nm. However, there are two electro-magnetic motors as well. These are placed at the front as well as rear axles. The front motor is a 105kW unit while the rear one is 50kW. The Vellfire can be propelled on self power – electric alone for some distance. This gives it an astonishing (for the size of the vehicle) 16.35kmpl fuel efficiency.
Toyota claims that this is a self-charging hybrid vehicle. This works very much in the same fashion as something like the Camry. For example, the second battery gains charge through regenerative braking and coasting. Toyota also offers electronic all-wheel drive for additional traction. The Toyota Vellfire’s direct competitor will be the Mercedes-Benz V-Class (available with a diesel engine). Will you prefer Japanese reliability over German engineering? Let us know in our social media posts.