Toyota gives the Alphard luxury van a mid-cycle update for 2018. This comes right after a recent brochure image leak of its sportier Vellfire sibling.

Up front, the 2018 Toyota Alphard loses its semi Lexus-spindle looking face and gets the Toyota 'keen look'. It now features a more imposing character with the new slim c-shaped LED headlights seemingly integrated into the large radiator grill with chrome bumper trims.

2018 Toyota Alphard makes global reveal in Japan

The rear gets a slight tweak in the form of a wider chrome tailgate garnish and new tail lamps.

2018 Toyota Alphard makes global reveal in Japan

2018 Toyota Alphard makes global reveal in Japan

The interior gets a new modern black and white palette with the primarily black panels are accentuated by white wood grain trims and premium white nappa leather seats and door panel inserts.

Under the hood, the 2018 Alphard can be fitted with either a new direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 2GR-FKS (301 PS) coupled to an 8-speed Direct Shift automatic, 2.5-liter inline-4 mated to a 7-speed Super-CVT, or a 2.5-liter gas Atkinson-cycle hybrid (THS II) mated to a CVT driving the four-wheel drive system.

2018 Toyota Alphard makes global reveal in Japan

The 2018 Alphard will come with Toyota Safety Suite 2.0, which gives it pre-crash safety detection of pedestrians and bicycles, and additional nighttime pedestrian detection, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) Adaptive High Beam System (AHS), and Road Sign Assist (RSA).

If a schedule similar to the pre-facelift version were to be followed, we expect arrival of the 2018 Toyota Alphard in January, as well.