Toyota Motor Philippines has just introduced the Alphard to the Philippine market. Tagged as a flagship minivan, the Alphard is aimed to strengthen Toyota's line-up in the Commercial Vehicle Category.

The Alphard is named after the Greek letter alpha, which refers to the brightest star in a constellation, thus it features premium, prominent styling. Following the theme "majestic flagship", the Alphard boasts of a stately and high-class exterior with its V-shaped character lines, large chrome-accented front grille and dominating three-dimensional headlamps. The sides of the vehicle present a solid design expressed through its high-nose monoform silhouette and outward-thrusting surfaces starting from the front pillar to its rear window lines.

The Alphard has a complete list of luxurious features. Up front are dynamic projector-type HID headlamps with intelligent Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) and integrated rear combination lamps in the rear. Front wipers are equipped with automatic raindrop-sensing and time adjustable intermittent function, while the rear wiper operates in a downward motion and is concealed in the rear spoiler when not in use. To increase visibility during reverse driving, automatic power folding and reverse-linked functions have been adopted for the outer door mirrors. The doors are equipped with automatic easy closer and power slide structure for more convenient ingress and egress.

On the inside, an array of state-of-the-art features provides a welcoming atmosphere comparable with that of luxury sedans. Wood grain and metal accents intricately embedded in the instrument panel and console create a feeling of class and elegance, suitable for a flagship model. LED lighting moods set a relaxing ambience throughout the entire cabin. The Alphard also provides twin moon roofs to enhance passenger riding experience.

The Alphard's low-floor packaging allows for a spacious cabin space by keeping the overall vehicle height down while providing ample interior height. The front passenger's seat and second-row seats are equipped with power ottomans, while the third-row seats offer both comfort and operability. Meanwhile, the six-seating configuration allows for flexible storage space with the foldable seat feature.

The multi-information display provides the driver with key information including how to achieve eco-friendly driving. The Alphard also boasts of a sophisticated audio system with NXT ceiling actuators that spread sound out evenly across the cabin. This class-leading feature is present only in high-end utility vehicles.

The Alphard is powered by 2AZ-FE 2.4L VVT-I engine mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. It produces a maximum output of 167Hp at 6,000rpm with 227Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. For its suspension system, it is equipped with MacPherson Strut with Stabilizer and Torsion beam type rear suspension. Furthermore, to accentuate its elegant exterior, the Alphard is fitted with 6-spoke 16" alloy wheels.

Finally, to ensure full passenger protection, the Alphard is equipped with driver and passenger airbags, driver knee, curtain shields and side airbags. Superb collision safety performance is realized with the adoption of impact absorbing mechanisms.

With all these superior features, the Alphard promises a luxurious feel and high levels of comfort perfect for leisure driving and long family journeys. It is a vehicle that inspires pride of ownership and embodies top-notch hospitality.

This flagship minivan comes in three elegant colors: White Pearl, Silver Metallic and Raven Black and is available in all authorized Toyota dealers nationwide. The Alphard is priced at P2,790,000 for standard colors and P2,805,000 for White Pearl.