It may not seem like it, but the current Toyota Alphard is already two years old and ready for its makeover. Right on time, Toyota is preparing a facelift for the luxury MPV, and Twitter user @ArancioAtlas has spotted the revised model in Japan ahead of its unveiling.

As you can see, the front grille has been redesigned with larger inserts along the top edge and the deletion of the bumper beam that sits across. The headlights are also now connected to that grille and split in the middle, Vellfire-style, while the fog light inserts have been redesigned with the lamps themselves sitting lower down.

It should be noted that this is the revamped version of the Aero look – characterised by the more aggressive bumper design and smoked headlights – which isn’t offered for sale here. Lastly, the 17-inch alloy wheels shown here get a new design; we get 19s as standard.

According to the Japanese blog Car Drive, the facelifted Alphard and Vellfire is set to be unveiled on December 25, gaining the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assists as standard, as well as the Data Communications Module (DCM) coming to the next-gen Crown. The 3.5 litre V6 model should also gain automatic engine start/stop, while the 2.5 litre four-cylinder and Hybrid models will likely remain unchanged.

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