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UMW Toyota today introduced the new 2016 Toyota Alphard and Vellfire, which is offered in two variants (3.5 and 3.5 Executive Lounge) for the former, and a sole 2.5 variant for the latter. Visually, both have their own distinct designs that separate one from the other, something that we’ll be looking into, here.

The white vehicle in this instance is the Alphard 3.5, while the other is the Vellfire 2.5. At the front, the Alphard sports a “Bravely Magnificent” design, featuring a bold, “shield-like” grille, with auto-leveling LED headlamps flanking it.

The headlamps feature J-shaped LED DRLs and a four-LED cluster within. Meanwhile, in the bottom corners, you’ll find the car’s two-diode LED fog lamps in a rectangular-like enclosure. On the other hand, the Vellfire adopts a “Bold and Fearless” design approach instead. The grille features two, thick chrome slats, linked in middle by the Toyota badge.

Auto-leveling LED headlamps are part of the front fascia here, but is a two-part setup instead, with the signal lights occupying the bottom section. Unlike the Alphard, the Vellfire’s upper and lower grille are separate from one another, with the latter having a different fog lamp enclosure design instead.

Toyota Alphard 3.5 (left), Vellfire 2.5 (right)

Along the sides, both the Alphard and Vellfire are identical, sporting the same 18-inch Aero-design wheels and side mirrors. Both also have blacked-out pillars (partially on the B-pillar), to express what Toyota calls “a cabin that flows through, emphasising strength.

As for the rear, both models adopt the same bumper and roof spoiler (with integrated LEDs) design. The only point of difference between the two is seen at the tail lamps, with the Vellfire having clear graphics compared to the Alphard. Additionally, the large chrome piece linking the tail lamps on the Vellfire intrude more as well.

Following Toyota’s concept of “Avant Gorgeous,” the interior design is identical on both models, save for the different colour-coding assigned to them. The Alphard gets a beige colour theme with brown woodgrain trim, whereas the Vellfire has a black colour theme with black woodgrain trim instead.

Both seven-seat MPVs also adopt a 2-2-3 seating layout, with leather upholstery following their corresponding colour palettes. For the second row, there are captain seats, which come with Ottoman leg rests (also found on the front passenger seat). Powered sliding doors provide passengers access into the second and third row.

Toyota Alphard 3.5 (left), Vellfire 2.5 (right)

In terms of equipment, it’s a mutual affair that includes a 7-inch DVD-AVN touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and eight speakers, rear 10.2-inch entertainment screen (with remote control and wireless headphones), triple-zone air-conditioning system (with separate blower and temp controls for the rear), Panasonic nanoe filtration technology, 16-colour ceiling illumination, as well as a four-spoke, leather-wrapped, multifunction steering wheel garnished with brown wood-grain trim.

Under the hood, the Alphard gets a 2GR-FE 3.5 litre V6 engine that provides 271 PS at 6,200 rpm and 340 Nm at 4,700 rpm, driving the front wheels via a six-speed automatic with sequential shifter. The Vellfire comes with a 2AR-FE 2.5 litre Dual VVT-i four-cylinder petrol engine, which outputs 180 PS at 6,000 rpm and 235 Nm at 4,100 rpm, mated to a CVT.

Of course, the Alphard is also offered in a 3.5 Executive Lounge variant (gallery below), which adopts the same powertrain, looks and majority of the Alphard 3.5’s equipment, with a few notable differences. More feature-packed VIP seats wrapped with premium semi-aniline leather, an 8-inch DVD-AVN infotainment unit, 17-speaker JBL audio system and a rear 9-inch entertainment screen (with Blu-ray playback), are just some of the new kit found on the top-range Alphard.

Toyota Vellfire 2.5

Toyota Alphard 3.5

Toyota Alphard 3.5 Executive Lounge