Toyota Alphard TRD Sportivo 2

Last week, UMW Toyota Motor announced a range-wide kit upgrade starting from September, throwing in stuff like aerokits and DVD-AVN systems for free on certain models. Among these, the Toyota Alphard received a TRD Sportivo aerokit, LED daytime running lights and door visors at no extra cost – but we had no idea what those items looked like, as there were no associated images included in the press release.

Fortunately, we managed to track down a 2.4G model equipped with the new package – as you can see, the aerokit is very minimal, limited to a front spoiler and rear bumper appliqué; the latter comes complete with large, prominent “TRD” script moulded across the rear surface. The DRLs consist of two diodes on either side of the front spoiler.

Overall, the whole shebang does give the luxobarge just a touch of Japanese VIP to it, which I suppose is the sort of thing buyers of the MPV are looking for anyway.

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Everything else remains the same – both 2.4G and 3.5G variants get self-levelling HID headlights, 17-inch wheels, dual powered sliding doors, keyless entry, push-button ignition, auto wipers, power-adjustable first- and second-row seats (with powered ottomans for front and second-row passengers), leather upholstery, dual moonroofs, triple-zone auto climate control with Nanoe ioniser and a 7.0-inch touchscreen DVD-AVN system.

Pay the extra for the 3.5G and you’ll get adaptive headlights and a powered tailgate added to the mix. No matter which one you choose, however, standard safety kit includes seven airbags (including a driver’s knee bag), stability control and Isofix child seat anchors in the second row.

No change to the mechanicals, either, so the Alphard soldiers on with a choice of either a 168 hp/224 Nm 2.4 litre four-cylinder engine mated to a CVT with seven virtual ratios, or a 271 hp/340 Nm 3.5 litre V6 paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox. As mentioned earlier, the extra kit comes free, so the 2.4G is priced at RM333,547, while the 3.5G retails at RM393,100 (both prices are on-the-road inclusive of insurance).