Prices and initial specifications for the facelifted Toyota Alphard and Vellfire, which are open for booking, have been revealed on UMW Toyota Motor’s website. The revised luxury MPVs, which gain a new design, a few additional features and a new V6 in the case of the Alphard, are pricier than before.
Equipped with the same 2.5 litre engine as before, the Vellfire is priced at RM350,800, around RM5,600 more expensive than the outgoing model. The Alphard, meanwhile, retails at RM429,800 for the standard 3.5 litre model and RM540,800 for the 3.5 Executive Lounge, RM26,400 and RM35,100 costlier respectively. All prices are on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.
The biggest change – at least as far as the Alphard is concerned – is under the bonnet, where you’ll find a new 2GR-FKE 3.5 litre V6 with D-4S direct injection and VVT-iW. Outputs have been bumped up significantly to 300 PS at 6,600 rpm and 361 Nm of torque between 4,600 and 4,700 rpm, increases of 29 PS and 21 Nm respectively. A new eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission replaces the previous six-speed unit.
Toyota claims a fuel consumption figure of between 10.4 and 10.6 km per litre on the Japanese JC08 cycle, down from 9.5 km per litre previously. The Vellfire’s 2AR-FE 2.5 litre Dual VVT-i four-cylinder engine, making 180 PS at 6,000 rpm and 235 Nm at 4,100 rpm and paired to a CVT, has been carried over unchanged. All models make greater use of structural adhesives as well as high-rigidity glass adhesives for increased body rigidity, contributing to better handling stability and ride comfort.
Other changes are largely cosmetic in nature, with both the Alphard and Vellfire gaining a redesigned front fascia. The former receives an even more prominent full-height grille, with chrome trim that moves outward to bisect the headlights. Those headlights themselves – self-levelling LED units with cornering lights and LED daytime running lights – have also been given new internal graphics.
Meanwhile, the Vellfire gets a giant chrome plated grille and triangular fog light surrounds, giving it an even more distinctive look. Lastly, there are new tail lights (with square light guides in the case of the Vellfire) and tailgate garnish, plus a new 18-inch wheel design.
Inside, there’s a new instrument cluster design, plus new standard features including a Qi wireless smartphone charger and a new digital, camera-based rear-view mirror called the full display mirror (FDM), first seen on the new Lexus LS.
Otherwise, kit count remains largely identical, with the Vellfire coming with keyless entry, push-button start, powered sliding doors, leather upholstery, ventilated and power-adjustable front seats, second-row captain’s seats, front passenger and second-row Ottomans, a front sunroof and rear moonroof, a DVD-AVN navigation system with a seven-inch touchscreen and eight speakers.
The standard Alphard gets the same amount of kit, but the Executive Lounge receives VIP second-row seats that are wider and have powered seat recline and Ottoman adjustment, as well as ventilation. It also gets semi-aniline leather upholstery, a larger eight-inch touchscreen for the navigation system and a 17-speaker JBL sound system.
Safety-wise, all models now get a blind spot monitor (BSM) and rear cross traffic alert (RCTA) to go with the usual seven airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC). However, there’s no mention of the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assists, which comes as standard in Japan.
Going the official route will result in unique specifications for Malaysian weather and road conditions, as well as regulations. These include special tuning of the engine ECU, wider outer mirrors and customised audio and navigation systems. Of course, official cars come with the aforementioned five years of unlimited-mileage factory warranty, and assured 10 years of parts availability.
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