New Alphard / Vellfire launch

Photo Feature: Toyota Alphard and Vellfire, the new reigning kinds of minivans

For the first time in over 6 years, Toyota has given its Alford a full model change. Toyota unveiled two new minivans, the new Alphard and the Vellfire, on January 26 and both models went on sale the same day.

The Alphard and Vellfire are the most luxurious models in Toyota’s minivan lineup. The Alphard has undergone a thorough makeover in its basic performance as well as dramatic innovations in both the interior and exterior. It cuts a more impressive figure than ever before. With the Alphard designed to appear heroic or glorious, and the Vellfire designed to be daring, both were designed with the aim of offering an ideal of luxury never seen before.

The hybrid system, which combines a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine with 6-speed Sequential Shiftmatic (E-Four), it’s capable of reaching 19.4km/liter (JC08 mode). The Super-CVT equipped 2.5-liter model can reach 12.8km/liter (JS08 mode) and the 3.5-liter engine equipped model can get 9.5km/liter.

Toyota’s Kenichi Yoshioka, who worked on the development, said, “We broke the unwritten rules of the luxury minivan and took a daring step forward, turning the interior into a spacious luxury saloon.”

The Alphard is sold at Toyopet dealers all over Japan and the Vellfire at Netz dealerships. The price is 3,197,782 yen and the monthly sales goal is 3,000 for the Alphard and 4,000 for the Vellfire.

(Translated by Greg Scott)