Japan, 26 January 2015: Toyota Motor Corporation today launched the redesigned “Alphard” and “Vellfire” minivans through dealers across Japan.
The vehicles were developed to incorporate the idea of a roomy and luxurious saloon space with a new and unprecedented sense of refinement. The new Alphard and Vellfire possess unshakeable presence with a comfortable ride, exceptional handling stability, and a roomy interior. The Alphard exterior emphasizes luxury, while the Vellfire exterior emphasizes boldness.
A 2AR-FXE 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle combustion engine is combined with six-speed Sequential Shiftmatic and E-Four (electric four-wheel drive system) to create a hybrid system with a fuel efficiency of 19.4 km/L4 under the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s (MLIT) JC08 test cycle.
The new 2AR-FE 2.5-liter engine is used with a seven-speed Sports Sequential Shiftmatic and Super CVT-i and the optional5 Stop & Start System to provide fuel efficiency of 12.8 km/L6 under Japan’s MLIT JC08 Japanese test cycle.
The 2GR-FE V6, 3.5-liter engine is combined with six-speed Sequential Shiftmatic with 6 Super ECT to provide fuel efficiency of 9.5 km/L7 under Japan’s MLIT JC08 test cycle.
Except for models with the 3.5-liter engine (four-wheel-drive models weighing 2,100 kg or less), all models exceed MLIT’s 2015 fuel economy standards8.
Certified as having emissions that are 75 percent lower than the 2005 standards9 under the MLIT’s Approval System for Low-emission Vehicles, the Alphard and Vellfire are eligible for the Japanese government’s subsidies and tax incentives for eco-cars.
Aerodynamic parts for Alphard S, SA, and SR grades and Vellfire Z, ZA, and ZR grades are also available. These feature side spoilers that emphasize the vehicles’ low center-of-gravity and highlight the solid body and ground-hugging stance.
Both Alphard and Vellfire starts from Rs. 17.67 lakhs to Rs. 28.27 lakhs in Japan.
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