2016 Toyota Alphard

The 2016 Toyota Alphard is close relative to the minivan we reviewed earlier on, the Vellfire model.  Both these models went through the redesign for previous model year, so new one shouldn’t bring anything major. Changes that might happen include few cheap tricks that will make the model fresh as possible. Starting with the design, here are the most important specs for the new Toyota Alphard:

2016 Toyota Alphard side view

2016 Toyota Alphard exterior and interior

According to Toyota’s officials, Alphard exterior design is luxurious, and they are right. Its redesign for previous, 2015 model year included various changes made on its outside styling. This includes new front end, with elegant “Diamond Trophy” front grill that distinguish it from the rest of the minivans on the market. Headlights are also redesigned and now feature LEDs and DRL (Daytime Running Lamp). 2016 Toyota Alphard will benefits from the last year changes, and comes with practically the same features and styling elements. 2016 exterior changes could include new color shade or some feature shuffle, but nothing more than that.

Inside, 2016 Alphard is unchanged. However, the features that this MPV offers are truly top notch class, even for the second row passengers. Some of its features include 16 color ceiling illuminations, split folding third row seats, single-hand control switch for seat backs and footrest, cup holders, table,   three-zone climate control, tablet and mobile phone storage space, 17-speaker Premium Audio System, front and rear parking sensors, and numerous others.

2016 Toyota Alphard interior view

2016 Toyota Alphard engine and mpg

Under the hood of Alphard, Japanese manufacturer offered three engine choices. This includes base, optional and hybrid powertrains. Starting from the bottom, base engine is a 2.5-liter 2AR-FE unit, capable to deliver up to 180 hp. It is combined with a 7-speed Sports Sequential Shiftmatic Super CVT-i transmission. Stop & Start System for improved fuel efficiency is optional. 2016 Toyota Alphard with base engine will have the same fuel economy rates as previous model, meaning it will be able to return 12.8 km per liter, or around 30 mpg (US).

Optional engine is stronger, 3.5-liter 2GR-FE with 276 hp. The V6 unit is paired with a 6-speed Super ECT automatic transmission. Combined with this powertrain it delivers 9.5 km per liter or around 22 mpg (US).

2016 Toyota Alphard hybrid is based on 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine combined with 2 electric motors. The 2.5-liter engine delivers 150 hp, front electric engine delivers 141 hp and rear one 67 hp. eCVT and E-Four drive system are standard. Fuel economy is rated at 19.4 km per liter which is around 46 mpg (US).

2016 Toyota Alphard front view

2016 Toyota Alphard price and release date

The release date is expected sometime during the first quarter of next, 2016 year. Pricing will stay in the same range, which means that the base price tag will be around $27,000, which is around 3,197,782 yen.

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One Response to 2016 Toyota Alphard

  1. conroy shields says:

    The Alphard should be made available in the USA

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