Named after the brightest star in the Hydra constellation, the Toyota Alphard is marketed as a chauffeur-driven luxury car. It has lived up to its reputation since the first generation was introduced back in 2002.
Its sister model is the Vellfire. The Alphard’s exterior emphasizes “luxury” while the Vellfire’s exterior underscores “boldness.”
The current Toyota Alphard is the third-generation model.
When it was launched in early 2015, it sported a new look and new features such as a new 2.5-liter in-line 4-cylinder engine and a new double-wishbone rear suspension for a very comfortable ride and excellent handling ability.
The new face is headlined by a huge and distinctive grille like the one found on the Toyota Crown. Its length and breadth had grown by 60 mm and 20mm, respectively, while its wheelbase has increased by 50 mm.
In late 2017, the Toyota Alphard received a facelift with updated styling cues and the second-generation Toyota Safety Sense, which has features such as pre-crash safety and radar cruise control.
Engine and Performance
The Toyota Alphard 2.5S 7-Seater (FL2020) is propelled by a 2.5-liter in-line 4-cylinder engine mated to a 7-speed Super CVT-i transmission. With 182 PS and 235 Nm on tap, it is equally adept on the highways as it is around the city.
Key equipment highlights include 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/50 R18 tires, twin moonroof, smart entry, and start system. Its dual power slide doors, aero type Optitron meters, LED roof color illumination (color change), and full auto air-conditioning system proves that this is one of the premium MPVs you can enjoy.
Technical Specifications of Toyota Alphard 2.5S 7-Seater (FL2020)
|Engine capacity||2,494 cc|
|Engine type||4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC chain drive with Dual VVT-i|
|Bore x Stroke||unknown|
|Power||134kW (180 bhp)|
|Acceleration||11.3s (0-100 km/h)|
|Top speed||170 km/h|
|Fuel consumption||11.6 km/L|
|CO2 emission||200 g/km (As tested by LTA)|
|Misc technical data|
|Drive type||Front-wheel drive|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||(4915 x 1850 x 1895) mm|
|Min turning radius||5,800 mm|
|Kerb weight||2,075 kg|
|Fuel tank capacity||75 L|
|Boot/Cargo Capacity||616 L|
|Brakes (Front)||Ventilated disc|
|Suspension (Front)||MacPherson strut|
|Suspension (Rear)||Double wishbone|