Named after the brightest star in the Hydra constellation, the Toyota Alphard is marketed as a chauffeur-driven luxury car and 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 emphasises “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 new 2.5-litre in-line 4-cylinder engine and new double-wishbone rear suspension for a very comfortable ride and excellent handling ability. The new face is headlined by a very large and distinctive grille like the one found on the Toyota Crown. Its length and breadth had grown by 60 mm and 20 mm 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.
The Toyota Alphard 2.5S and it is propelled by a 2.5-litre 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 tyres, twin moonroof, smart entry and start system, dual power slide doors, aero type Optitron meters, LED roof colour illumination (colour change) and full auto air-conditioning system.