Arriving in early 2015, the third generation of the Toyota Alphard brought a striking new look and an extraordinarily comfortable interior. Together with the slightly different Vellfire, the Alphard minivan is primarily intended to rival the likes of the Nissan Elgrand and Honda Elysion. While these quirky looking family-haulers were initially offered exclusively in Japan as well as on several other Asian markets, they have recently gone on sale in Russia and Belarus for the first time. As for the 2017 Toyota Alphard, expect it to arrive almost unchanged compared to the previous model. In other words, this unique minivan will once again offer a head-turning sheet metal combined with a luxurious cabin that accommodates up to eight passengers.
2017 Toyota Alphard Design and Features
When it comes to the Alphard’s exterior styling, the most striking feature is its huge mesh grille fitted above the lower grille. At the back, expect to see a U-shaped theme that incorporates the rear light clusters and license plate garnish. Although its design may be regarded as divisive, it certainly offers a bold appearance as well as a sense of originality. Inside, the 2017 Toyota Alphard features a number of high-end materials and amenities. Some of the premium materials include metal surfaces combined with wood-grain adornments. Thanks to its improved aerodynamics and excellent sound insulation, the new Alphard provides a quiet ride at all speeds. The list of new technological amenities includes collision-avoidance systems, a Panoramic View Monitor as well as Intelligent Parking Assist. According to the automaker, the new double-wishbone suspension gives the redesigned Alphard exceptional handling stability.
2017 Toyota Alphard Engine Range
The 2017 Toyota Alphard will be available with two gasoline engine options and a hybrid powertrain. The 2.5-liter unit paired with a seven-speed Sports Sequential Shiftmatic and Super CVT generates 180 horsepower. Its fuel efficiency is rated at 30.1 mpg. The more powerful 3.5-liter V6 makes 276 hp coupled with a six-speed Sequential Shiftmatic, while returning 22.3 mpg. As for the hybrid version, it gets the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine with a six-speed gearbox combined with an E-Four electric four-wheel drive system that comprises two electric motors. Whereas the conventional gasoline engine delivers 150 hp, the front electric motor produces 141 hp and the rear one contributes with 67 hp. According to Japanese tests, the hybrid system returns 45.6 mpg.
2017 Toyota Alphard Pricing and Release
The 2017 Toyota Alphard is expected to start at around $27,000, while it’s most likely to hit the dealerships in the second half of 2016.