The all-new Toyota Alphard: Luxury and stability combined

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Highlighting the design cues of the Alphard is its massive grille in the fascia. (Unit shown in photo is Japanese version with a different grille design)

Highlighting the design cues of the Alphard is its massive
grille in the fascia. (Unit shown in photo is Japanese version
with a different grille design)TOYOTA Motors Philippines unveiled the all-new version of the Toyota Alphard luxury minivan last Thursday, just three days after its formal launching in Japan. The third-generation minivan has evolved into a much bigger vehicle with a massive front grille.

The all-new Alphard boasts of a well-founded presence with a comfortable ride, exceptional handling stability, a roomy interior and exterior design cues that emphasize luxury.

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Alphard-upIn addition to high body rigidity, a newly developed double-wishbone suspension was adopted for the rear to achieve a more luxurious ride and exceptional handling stability. Extensive sound and vibration dampening and an aerodynamic wind-noise reducing body shape realize a quiet ride at all speeds, befitting of a luxury vehicle.

Vehicle Outline
The exterior of the Alphard has a unique presence with commanding and robust power that aims to achieve strength, luxury, and exhilaration beyond expectations. The dynamic design integrates the shoulder area that starts at the headlamps and stretches powerfully towards the rear in a radial pattern, the sculpted and bulky underbody that accentuates the area around the wheels, and the cabin with strikingly large glass windows.

Posing with the Alphard are Toyota Philippines executives (from left) EVP Marketing Yohei Murase, Sr. EVP Dr. David Go, Vice Chairman Alfred Ty, president Michinobu Sugata, SVP Marketing Jose Arias and first VP Marketing Raymond Rodriguez

Posing with the Alphard are Toyota Philippines executives
(from left) EVP Marketing Yohei Murase, Sr. EVP Dr. David Go, Vice Chairman Alfred Ty, president Michinobu
Sugata, SVP Marketing Jose Arias and first VP
Marketing Raymond Rodriguez

Its large, front grille features thick mesh ornamentation and is integrated with the lower grille to create an impressive front view that conveys the vehicle’s unique boldness and individualistic luxury.

The U-shaped structure that merges the rear combination lights with the license plate garnish creates a rear view that emphasizes the wide feel and powerful underbody.

A novel structure created by the seamless connection from the instrument panel to the door trim and the protruding center cluster express an open and roomy space. The elaborate workmanship of the interior stresses the quality of the materials and combines with sculpted metal surfaces and wood-grain ornamentation for a unique impact.

The wood-grain ornamentation impresses with a design that focuses on light rather than color. A high-quality brown wood-grain finish that expresses depth with the brightness of metal between the patterns and the world’s first hologram base layer were adopted. A new black wood grain finish that conveys dynamic patterns using dark colors creates a clear identity for its grade.

nThe luxurious interior of the all-new Alphard

The luxurious interior of the all-new Alphard

Colors available are Luxury White Pearl, Black and Silver Mettalic.

Driving Performance
A new double wishbone suspension is used for the rear. Areas where high-tensile strength steel plate is used were thickened and a structural adhesive was introduced to increase body rigidity and achieve a luxurious, comfortable ride with stable handling.

Vibration control and soundproofing materials, as well as effective placement of sandwich steel plates and an aerodynamic wind-noise reducing vehicle body shape were pursued. This results in a quiet ride at all speeds, as befits a luxury vehicle.

Environmental Performance
Powering the Alphard is the same reliable 2GR-FE 6-cylinder 24-valve, DOHC with Dual VVT-I engine which aims to achieve fuel efficiency, low emissions and environmental-sensitive performance. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission

A Welcoming Interior
Even with the height lowered 10 mm (to 1,880 mm10); abundant interior roominess with an interior height of 1,400 mm is maintained. An easy-to-reach long assist grip and a step height of 350 mm allow easy ingress and egress for both young children and the elderly.

A large, 147-liter cargo area under the third row seat sliding mechanism provides world-first1 under-floor storage of such a size. The deck board folds into three sections to provide both a sliding third row and under-floor storage.

Seats
A super-long-slide passenger seat allows new seat configurations. Placing the front passenger seat on the same seat rail as the second row seats enables a super-long-slide of a maximum 1,160 mm.

Maximum utility is provided by new seat configurations including an extra-long luggage mode which allows a large cargo area able to accommodate a maximum length of 2,150 mm on the front passenger side and a “double-triangle” mode that enhances communication between passengers in the second and third seat rows and the front passenger seat.

Comfort
LED roof illumination bathes the entire roof in light and is a standard feature on all models. Four brightness levels and 16 color variations create an interior space with a sense of understated luxury.

The world-first Smart Entry & Push Start System automatically opens the sliding door as the user approaches the vehicle after previously setting a reservation. Also new is a reservation lock function that automatically locks the door after it closes.

The all-new Alphard is priced at PhP 3,292,000.

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