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At long last, the 2016 Toyota Estima facelift has been revealed, following early leaks of the MPV on multiple occasions. Visually, the Estima now gets a much more aggressive design to ensure the decade-old model exhibits a more youthful appearance to all.

The attention-grabbing front now features a new bumper, which sports a trapezoidal look that echoes the current Vios, along with a blacked out grille section. Just beside it, there are LED DRLs that extend upwards, towards the significantly slimmer LED headlamps. A thin chrome trim piece with the Estima logo links the lighting units here. Also new here is a two-tone paintjob, which can be specified by the buyer.

Down the sides, updates include new side skirts and alloy wheels. As for the rear, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of changes, appearing almost the same as the current model. Upon closer inspection, the bumper has been slightly reshaped to provide more definition. New LED rear combination tail lamps and an “aero stabiliser” fin have been added as well.

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As for the cabin, the dashboard may retain a similar layout, but has been revamped, featuring a separate centre piece. New items here include a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, touch-based air-con controls, reshaped air-con vents, more premium trim and upholstery, plus a 2.6-inch TFT colour multi-information display. A variety of seating configurations are also available to buyers, with capacity for up to eight people, and support for disabled access.

For the Japanese market, the Estima will be offered as a petrol or hybrid version. For the former, the outgoing model’s 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine will no longer be available. Instead, there is now a 2.4 litre 2AZ-FE four-cylinder (170 PS and 224 Nm) that drives the front wheels via a Super CVT-I transmission.

Meanwhile, the hybrid powertrain employs the 2.4-litre 2AZ-FXE (150 PS and 190 Nm) with two electric motors, effectively providing electric all-wheel drive to the MPV. According to the Japanese carmaker, the non-hybrid Estima has a fuel economy rating of 11.4 km/l under the JC08 test cycle. The hybrid version will accomplish a more impressive 18 km/l.

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Safety also gets a bump, with the Toyota Safety Sense C package fitted on all variants as standard equipment. A combination of laser radar and cameras help facilitate functions such as a pre-collision system, Lane Departure Alert and Automatic High Beam. As for chassis revisions, Toyota has fitted a front performance damper to help absorb vibrations while driving, while providing better handling.

Prices for the facelifted Toyota Estima start at the 3,473,000 yen (RM133,069) mark, and go all the way up to 4,987,000 yen (RM191,079). What do you think of the new Estima? Does it look better than the outgoing model, or is it a little too aggressive for your taste? Let us know in the comments below.