2016 Toyota Estima Previa leaked 1

Earlier in March this year, we brought you a render by Japanese magazine Mag-X that depicted the facelifted 2016 Toyota Estima/Previa. It appears the render seen at that time is pretty accurate to the real thing as Taiwanese site 7car has uploaded several (grainy) images of refreshed MPV.

The third generation (XR50) Estima/Previa is now more than a decade old, and to inject some youth into the thing, Toyota has decided to go with the aggressive route. Much like the render, the Estima/Previa gains a shorter nose than before but with sharper details. The bumper now sports a trapezoidal look with a blacked out grille section.

Meanwhile, the LED headlamps are significantly slimmer than before and “leak” down the edges to a pair of LED strips. A thin chrome trim piece with the Toyota logo links both lighting units here. Along the sides, additional chrome details have been added to the doors and lower section of the doors as well. Sporty wheels are also part of the updates, as is a dual-tone paintjob.

2016 Toyota Estima Previa leaked 2

According to the Taiwanese publication, the official launch date of the new Estima/Previa is June 6, 2016. As for powertrains, it is reported that the 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine will no longer be offered this time. Instead, the 2.4 litre 2AZ-FE four-cylinder (170 PS and 224 Nm) and a hybrid powertrain that employs the 2.4-litre 2AZ-FXE (150 PS and 190 Nm) with two electric motors will be available.

The new Estima/Previa will also get a bump in safety with the Toyota Safety Sense that has two packages – P and C. The Toyota Safety Sense P package includes pre-collision system with pedestrian detection function and radar cruise control. As for the Toyota Safety Sense C package, pre-collision system, Lane Departure Alert and Automatic High Beam are featured.

What do you think of the updated Toyota Estima/Previa? Are you a fan of its new looks? Or is it a little too aggressive for your taste?

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