Text: Iñigo S. Roces / Photos: Toyota Press | posted January 03, 2012 13:49
New Alphard for the New Year
In their recent press conference before the holiday break, Toyota announced improvements to their Alphard for the upcoming 2012 model year.
The luxury van, positioned above the Previa greets the new year with aesthetic upgrades to look more in tune with the times.
The new front bumper features a slat in between the grille and lower inake. The larger foglamps are now encased in chrome to complete for the jewelled effect. Behind, a chrome strip now stretches between both tail lights, the reverse lamps have been extended and signal lights are now clear white instead of tinted red. A new wheel design, derived from the hybrid model sold in Japan is now standard. Inside, the black dials now sport wavy grooves for easier readability in all lighting conditions.
Like its predecessor, the Alphard is powered by a choice of 2.4 or 3.5 liter engines. It can comfortably seat up to seven people or its versatile interior can be converted to seat just four with extended cargo capacity. Among its most tempting amenities are three reclining captain’s chairs (front passenger and second row) with foot rests, a panoramic power sunroof, two power sliding doors and a power lift tail gate. For safety, the Alphard is equipped with traction and stability control, ABS with EBD and up to six airbags.