Toyota Alphard Luxury Minivan (MPV) – Auto Expo 2018
Could be launched in the Indian market as a CBU import.
The uber-luxurious full-size luxury MPV Toyota Alphard has received Indian debut at the 2018 Auto Expo, Greater Noida. Yet, unlike the representative photograph shown in Toyota’s official poster for the Auto Expo, the display vehicle is a pre-facelift version of the third-generation (current) Alphard.
The Toyota Alphard is a 6-seater premium MPV that is predominantly sold in the Japan, along with few other niche markets in Asia and Middle-East. Its chief competition in the international market is Nissan Elgrand MPV. It is slightly larger in proportions than Innova Crysta, measuring 4.8 metres long, 1.8-metres wide, and 1.9-metres high, with a wheelbase of 2.9-metres.
Design wise, the Alphard is made to look pretty much contemporary yet exclusive, without the mundane aspect of MPV styling. Up front, the car features large vertical-flowing chrome grille flanked by sleek twin-headlamp assembly with integrated LED DRLs and sequential turn lights. The short hood is captivated by slant windscreen, neatly integrated into flat roof all the way to the rear spoiler.
The side profile of the Alphard is marked by trendy B-pillar and window line, and elegant multi-spoke 18-inch alloys wheels. Over the rear, the MPV’s styling is dominated by large wrap-around LED integrated tail lamps and chrome garnish at the centre, while darkened glass area is contracted by plain boot lid and bumper.
Toyota powers the Alphard range with two petrol engines – a 2.5-litre in-line 4-cylinder unit and a 3.5-litre V6 engine. The former delivers 182 PS power, with the hybrid variant of the same engine available for the buyers to choose. The V6 engine delivers 301 PS power and 361 Nm of peak torque. Transmission options include a 7-speed CVT, a 6-speed ECT, and an 8-speed Direct Shift in the 2018 MY Alphard.
The second-generation Toyota Safety Sense system equipped in the Alphard combines Pre-Collision System (PCS) with pedestrians and cyclist detection,Lane Tracing Assist (LCA) with Departure Alert (LDA), and Advance Car Start Notification function to provide smart active safety.
Toyota Kirloskar Motors in India was contemplating on bringing in a luxury MPV to the local market. It unveiled Toyota HiAce in 2015, but later decided not to go with it. It is likely that the company is planning to launch the 2018 Alphard MPV as a CBU import in the country.
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