Goodbye Avanza, hallo Rumion! Toyota's new 7-seater MPV debuts in South Africa

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2021 Toyota Rumion TX
2021 Toyota Rumion TX

• Toyota is expanding its South African portfolio with the Rumion MPV.

• The vehicle, based on the Suzuki Ertiga, is priced from R245 600.

• A 1.5-litre petrol engine powers the range.

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Toyota South Africa is expanding its local portfolio by introducing the new Rumion MPV (multi-purpose vehicle). The Rumion is the third vehicle in the Toyota-Suzuki alliance coming to South Africa, following the Toyota Starlet (Suzuki Baleno) and Toyota Urban Cruiser (Suzuki Vitara Brezza). The MPV is based on the Suzuki Ertiga. The new model replaces the Avanza.

Toyota predicts that the Rumion will continue with the Starlet and Urban Cruiser's sales success since these vehicles came to market.

The Rumion is powered by Suzuki's familiar 1.5-litre K15B engine that produces 77kW and 138Nm. A five-speed manual and four-speed automatic gearbox sends power to the front wheels, with a claimed 6.2-litres/100km fuel consumption.

Toyota Rumion
2021 Toyota Rumion TX

Rumion line-up

The Rumion range comprises five models, all carrying one of three grades: S, SX and TX.

As the entry to the line-up, the Rumion S features black exterior mirrors, colour-coded bumpers, and a three-spoke steering wheel. The second row of seats can be folded in a 60/40 configuration, ventilated cupholders, a 12-volt power socket in the front, electric windows, and air-con.

In addition to the features on the S, the Rumion SX adds colour-coded door handles, retractable exterior mirrors with power adjustment, chrome treatment for the radiator grille, and a rear-window wiper. Remote central locking, a rear-window demister, additional rear 12-volt power outlet, steering switches, park distance control (PDC) and rear air-conditioner are part of the package.

The top-spec Rumion TX adds keyless entry and -start, chrome door handles, fog lamps, a touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The screen also relays the image from the rear-view camera. SX and TX models also boast Bluetooth, USB and Aux interfaces. Toyota Connect is available across the range (even on the S-grade sold without audio) and comes standard with a Wi-Fi hotspot (including complimentary 15Gb data).

The Rumion rides on 185/65 R15 tyres.

Toyota Rumion
2021 Toyota Rumion TX


The Rumion comes standard with a four-services or 60 000km service plan and a three-year or 100 000km warranty.

Rumion 1.5 S - R245 600

Rumion 1.5 SX MT - R273 500

Rumion 1.5 SX AT - R289 200

Rumion 1.5 TX MT - R301 600

Rumion 1.5 TX AT - R317 200

Toyota Rumion
2021 Toyota Rumion TX
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