This is the Toyota Rumion, and it’s the Japanese automaker’s latest MPV. However, if this seems to be a case of deja vu, then you’re right.
Once you remove the Toyota badges, the new grille, and the new 15-inch alloy wheels, this is literally just the second-generation Suzuki Ertiga that made its Philippine debut in 2018. The rest of the body, including the panels, the lighting elements, and all of the interior components are shared with Suzuki’s entry-level MPV. In case you’re wondering if this will be sold in the Philippines, then don’t get your hopes up. The Toyota Rumion will be sold exclusively in South Africa.
Because this is just an Ertiga with a different badge and slightly different styling elements, the Rumion is powered by the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 103 hp and 138 Nm of torque. This is then mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. And then as a recap, the Suzuki Ertiga rides on the same architecture as the Swift, albeit stretched to accommodate three rows of seats.
This is not the first time that Toyota and Suzuki have shared their vehicles. In Europe, the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports and RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid have been rebadged as the Suzuki Swace and Across, respectively. India, on the other hand, has the Toyota Glanza and Urban Cruiser, which are rebadged versions of the Suzuki Baleno and Vitara Brezza, respectively.
Do you wish for Toyota Motor Philippines to offer the Rumion in the Philippine market? And if so, will you prefer it over the Suzuki Ertiga? Let us know in the comments section.