Toyota South Africa has confirmed it is evaluating the Rumion for a potential local market introduction.
The company provided the confirmation to TopAuto, following questions on the topic.
An industry source told TopAuto that Toyota is looking at a potential local launch for a “Rumion MPV” later this year.
“The model you reference is one of the models being evaluated,” said Toyota South Africa.
“However, we cannot confirm local introduction at this stage.”
What to expect
The Rumion – full name: Toyota Corolla Rumion – was an MPV from the Japanese brand.
In Australia, the MPV was known as the Toyota Rukus.
It was discontinued in 2015, however, the reported successor was the Toyota Auris.
The next year, Toyota launched a similar-looking model called the Roomy – which is still available in Japan today.
It must be noted that there is no confirmation from Toyota or the industry source as to whether the Roomy is the “Rumion MPV” model which is being evaluated for a local launch.
Looking at the Roomy
To provide an idea of what the Rumion offered the market, we can look at the current Roomy – which plays the same role.
The Roomy is a five-seater MPV with a boxy design that measures 3.7m long, 1.67m wide, and 1.74m tall – and weighs in at just over 1,000kg.
Toyota said it places an emphasis on comfort and practicality, and features electric sliding doors on both sides.
It also uses a walkthrough seating arrangement that allows easy access to the rear from the front seats – along with a sliding rear bench that provides 1.1m of shoulder space between the front and rear passengers.
Cabin comforts include a 4.2-inch multi-information display, an air-conditioning system, a multifunction steering wheel, and electric windows.
Certain trim levels then come with a 360-degree camera, lane keep assist, front collision avoidance with brake assist, accidental-start control, and a function that notifies the driver if the vehicle in front of them has moved forward.
Driving the Roomy is a 1.0-litre engine that produces 51kW and 92Nm, which is paired with a CVT transmission.