Official Launch: Toyota Alphard and Vellfire

Borneo Motors, the official distributor of Toyota, has launched two new luxury MPVs – the 3rd generation Toyota Alphard, as well as the Toyota Vellfire. Exuding an unprecedented sense of refinement, these two luxury MPVs have possibly set the benchmark for what is termed as the King of MPVs.

The Toyota Alphard boasts more of elegance compared to the more aggressive Vellfire. Both MPVs were introduced in 2002 and 2008 respectively, and the new launch promises improved handling, stability, as well as ride comfort.

Exterior

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With the concept of “GRANDELUXE” in mind, Toyota claims that the Alphard and Vellfire exemplifies the essence of individuality by way of unique and impactful expressions in their chassis designs.

Compared to its predecessor, the MPV now stands at 10 mm lower, and 50 mm longer via wheelbase. Passengers can now enjoy a wider cabin due to the 20 mm widened tread at the front, and 35 mm at the rear.

Features wise, the Alphard and Vellfire promises a range of technology to satisfy the geek in you. The keyless switch located on the handle of the sliding door allows you to unlock the car and slide the door open with just one touch.

Over at the front, the Alphard and Vellfire come standard with LED lightings, daytime running lights, as well as an enhanced tail lamp design. The Elegance variants also enjoy a power backdoor, complete with obstruction detection in the event of an obstacle in the way.

Interior

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The Alphard and Vellfire are known to boast top-grade luxury interiors amongst Japanese MPVs. Toyota has announced that the second row seats now come equipped with Captain and Ottoman seats for first-class luxury, and are power-operated for the passengers’ convenience.

Up front, drivers now enjoy a 7-inch touchscreen system designed by Toyota – named the InTouch Telematics Infotainment System. It offers navigation, Bluetooth compatibility, as well as a 16-colour LED ceiling colour illumination system to enhance the mood of your drive.

Engine

With the new 2.5 litre Dual VVT-i plant beneath the hoods, the Alphard and Vellfire reportedly has an enhanced level of performance as well as fuel economy. The new inline-4 also brings you to the century mark in 11.3 seconds, putting out 179 horses and 235 Nm of torque.

The MPV also comes standard with Stop-Start system that automatically cuts your engine when the vehicle is stationary, enhancing fuel economy and ensuring the maximum quietness and comfort for passengers.

The last row of MPVs have always been a huge talking point for ride comfort and quality. In view of this, Toyota has also implemented a new rear suspension to improve the quietness and rear-seat ride quality. Using gate valves as shock absorbers, the ride quality at the rear is reportedly a notch better than its predecessor.

For the more technologically savvy and features-enthusiast, the Alphard and Vellfire also offers features such as Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL), Steering-assisted vehicle stability control, hill-start assist control, front and rear sensors, as well as LED cornering lamp.

Availability

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The Toyota Alphard is available in two variants – Standard and Elegance, and the Toyota Vellfire is available in the Elegance variant.

The Toyota Alphard and Vellfire are retailing from S$229,888.

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