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This is the third-generation Toyota Alphard, rumoured to be making its debut on January 26 next year. Some presentation slides and a single front three-quarter photo of the new Alphard have made its way onto the Internet, so we get an early peek. What do you think of the new Alphard’s looks?

The transformation from second-gen to third-gen isn’t as big as how the Alphard transformed from the original first-generation to the current one, so this update is more evolutionary than revolutionary. On the front end, the MPV gets a new massive grille, similar in fashion to the Toyota Esquire and Crown.

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Perhaps the Vellfire will take a more sportier route with its looks, then? One of the slides show the rear end of the Vellfire, but there’s no front end to be seen yet. The Vellfire’s tail lamps are clear just like the current one, while the Alphard’s are red.

Reports have shared that the new Alphard will be 60 mm longer and 20 mm wider than the current one, while its height will be lower by 10 mm. It’s 2,950 mm wheelbase will also be increased by 50 mm to 3,000 mm, which will allow it to match the Nissan Elgrand’s wheelbase.

The Alphard and Vellfire should continue to be offered with two engines – a four-cylinder engine mated to a CVT gearbox, or a 3.5 litre V6 paired with a six-speed automatic. I don’t think the 2.4 will be downsized to a 2.0 like the new Harrier, considering the Alphard is a larger car designed to carry more people. It’s more likely that it will be replaced by a 2.5, just like the current generation Camry.

UMW Toyota brings in the current facelifted Toyota Alphard in both 2.4 litre and 3.5 litre variants. Check out specs and pricing for the Toyota Alphard on our CarBase.my car buyer research site.