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

Bigwigs everywhere will rejoice as the facelifted Toyota Alphard and Vellfire are now on display at UMW Toyota showrooms, indicating that the luxury MPVs – which are already open for booking – will go on sale pretty soon. Along with showing the two people carriers, the official distributor has also released full specifications and equipment to go with pricing that was revealed last month.

As we’ve reported, the cars are pricier than before, with the Vellfire 2.5 costing RM350,800 – around RM5,600 more expensive than the outgoing model. The Alphard, meanwhile, retails at RM429,800 for the standard 3.5 litre model and RM540,800 for the 3.5 Executive Lounge, RM26,400 and RM35,100 costlier respectively. All prices are on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

The biggest change – at least as far as the Alphard is concerned – is under the bonnet, where you’ll find a new 2GR-FKE 3.5 litre V6 with D-4S direct injection and VVT-iW. Outputs have been bumped up significantly to 300 PS at 6,600 rpm and 361 Nm of torque between 4,600 and 4,700 rpm, increases of 29 PS and 21 Nm respectively. A new eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous six-speed unit.

Toyota claims a fuel consumption figure of between 10.4 and 10.6 km per litre on the Japanese JC08 cycle, an improvement over the previous 9.5 km per litre. The Vellfire’s 2AR-FE 2.5 litre Dual VVT-i four-cylinder engine, making 180 PS at 6,000 rpm and 235 Nm at 4,100 rpm and paired to a CVT, has been carried over unchanged. All models make greater use of structural adhesives as well as high-rigidity glass adhesives for increased body rigidity, contributing to better handling stability and ride comfort.

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

Other changes are largely cosmetic in nature, with both the Alphard and Vellfire gaining a redesigned front fascia. The former receives an even more prominent full-height grille, with chrome trim that moves outward to bisect the headlights. Those headlights themselves – self-levelling LED units with cornering lights and LED daytime running lights – have also been given new internal graphics.

Meanwhile, the Vellfire gets a giant chrome plated grille and triangular fog light surrounds, giving it an even more distinctive look. Lastly, there are new tail lights (with square light guides in the case of the Vellfire) and tailgate garnish, plus sequential front and rear indicators and a new 18-inch wheel design.

Inside, there’s a new instrument cluster design, plus new standard features including a Qi wireless smartphone charger and a new digital, camera-based rear-view mirror called the full display mirror (FDM), first seen on the new Lexus LS. Front seat ventilation has also been added across all variants.

Otherwise, kit count remains largely identical, with the Vellfire coming with keyless entry, push-button start, powered sliding doors, a powered tailgate, leather upholstery, ventilated and power-adjustable front seats, second-row captain’s seats with power recline, powered front passenger and second-row Ottomans.

Toyota Alphard 3.5 (left), Alphard 3.5 Executive Lounge (right)

Also fitted are a front sunroof and rear moonroof, three-zone automatic climate control with nanoe air ionisation, a DVD-AVN navigation system with a seven-inch touchscreen, a 10.2-inch rear seat entertainment screen and eight speakers, plus a black interior and dark grey Metal Wood trim. The standard Alphard 3.5 gets the same amount of kit, but with a beige interior and brown Metal Wood trim.

Meanwhile, the Executive Lounge receives wider VIP second-row seats with ventilation and foldable picnic tables. It also gets semi-aniline leather upholstery, a larger eight-inch capacitive touchscreen for the navigation system, a Blu-Ray rear seat entertainment system with a nine-inch display and a 17-speaker JBL sound system. Buyers get a choice of beige or black interiors, plus brown olive ash burl wood trim.

Safety-wise, all models now get a blind spot monitor (BSM) and rear cross traffic alert (RCTA) to go with the usual seven airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC). However, the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assists, which comes as standard in Japan, is nowhere to be found here.

Going the official route will result in unique specifications for Malaysian weather and road conditions, as well as regulations. These include special tuning of the engine ECU, wider outer mirrors and customised audio and navigation systems. Of course, official cars come with the aforementioned five years of unlimited-mileage factory warranty, and assured 10 years of parts availability.

Get full detailed specifications of the new Toyota Alphard and Vellfire on CarBase.my.

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