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Earlier this year, UMW Toyota Motor announced that the new Toyota Alphard and Vellfire will be coming to Malaysia. Now, the company has announced that interested customers can now register their interest for both MPVs, which are adapted to its local surroundings, unlike grey import units. This includes a manufacturer-backed warranty of five years (unlimited mileage).

Starting with the Alphard, two variants will be offered – Alphard 3.5 Executive Lounge and Alphard 3.5. Both are powered by the same 3.5 litre 2GR-FE V6 engine that provides 271 PS at 6,200 rpm and 340 Nm at 4,700 rpm. Drive is directed to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic with sequential shifter.

As for the Vellfire, only a sole Vellfire 2.5 variant will be available. The MPV gets a smaller 2.5 litre 2AR-FE Dual VVT-i four-cylinder petrol engine here, with output rated at 180 PS at 6,000 rpm and 235 Nm at 4,100 rpm. A CVT handles power delivery to the front wheels.

On the exterior, both the Alphard and Vellfire, regardless of variant choice, come with 18-inch alloy wheels (with 235/50R18 tyres), auto levelling LED headlamps (with cornering lamps and LED DRLs), a rear spoiler with integrated LEDs, fog lamps (front and rear), sunroof and moonroof. The only thing differentiating the two models is the contrasting looks as you can clearly see. Both models also get the standard look, and not the more aggressive-looking Aero exterior package available in Japan.


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Inside, both the Alphard 3.5 and Vellfire 2.5 carry almost identical equipment. Leather upholstery is used on the seats (beige on the former, black on the latter). The front seats are both powered, with an Ottoman for the passenger. As for the second row, both get a pair of captain powered seats (with Ottoman).

Elsewhere, a 7-inch DVD-AVN touchscreen infotainment system is fitted on both variants as well. The unit features a navigation function and is paired up to eight speakers. For the driver, a four-spoke, leather-wrapped, multifunction steering wheel can be found (brown wood grain for the Alphard 3.5 and black wood grain for the Vellfire 2.5).

The Alphard 3.5 Executive Lounge however, get significantly different kit list instead. For starters, the seats are now lined in more premium semi-aniline leather (available in beige or black). Passengers in the second row will also get to experience VIP powered seats that not only come with a more elaborate Ottoman function (telescopic length change and power lift up) but also seat air-conditioning.

Up front, the headunit is upgraded to an 8-inch DVD-AVN system, with a 17-speaker JBL sound system instead. The driver also benefits from Toyota’s electro multi vision (EMV) display and a VIP wood grain steering wheel.

Shared interior equipment on all three variants include an Optitron instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch TFT multi-info colour display, reverse camera, smart entry and start, front and rear automatic air-conditioning (with Panasonic nanoe filtration technology) and 50:50 split-folding last row seats. Power doors and boot are standard on all variants.

Safety kit is identical here as well with seven airbags (front, front side, curtain and driver knee), VSC, traction control, ABS, Hill-start Assist and parking sensors (front and rear). Colour options include Luxury White Pearl, White Pearl, Silver Metallic and Black for the Alphard, while the Vellfire can be had in Burning Black (deep purple), White Pearl, Silver Metallic and Black.

As mentioned earlier, both models are adapted for Malaysian use (unlike grey market units), so issues like a navigation system that doesn’t contain Malaysian maps, and Japanese radio frequencies won’t creep up on buyers. Even the side mirrors are slightly larger for the Malaysian market.

More importantly, UMW Toyota has ensured that the Alphard and Vellfire are now catered for Malaysian weather and road conditions with proper tuning of the cars’ engine ECU. For now, no prices have been divulged to us, but would you be interested in the new officially imported Alphard and Vellfire?

GALLERY: Toyota Alphard (Japanese market)

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