The Toyota Alphard may have taken a backseat to the more opulent Lexus LM, but it seems Toyota automaker just introduced a neat (and shiny) upgrade to their luxury minivan.
Toyota is going for gold with the 2020 Alphard S 'Type Gold' as well as a special Vellfire Z 'Golden Eyes' edition.
Starting with the most obvious, the massive front grill of the Alphard features a gloss black finish complete with neat touches of chrome for a more sophisticated finish. Meanwhile, the signature Alphard emblem is now finished in gold, reflecting the minivan's new-found 'Gold' upgrade. As for the special edition Vellfire, the minivan gets a set of 'golden' projectors, hence its unique name. The front grill, on the other hand, gets a black-plated finish along with extra hood garnish that gives it a cooler appearance.
New 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, along with additional smoked plating on the LED headlight accents and foglight bezels, give the two minivans a sleeker appearance. Other available extras Toyota put in the Alphard and Vellfire are: LED cornering lamps, backdoor garnish with a smoked finish, side mudguards, and LED sequential turn signals.
Inside, the Alphard and the Vellfire will only be available as 7-seater models and come with exclusive Ultrasuede and leather upholstery with golden contrast stitching. The headliners, on the other hand, is finished in black and is complemented by LED ambient lighting for a cozier feel.
As for the driver, there is now have a new leather-wrapped steering wheel complete with a faux wood finish for extra flair. In addition, a new console box with a high-grade metal and wood décor further highlight the minivans' flashier looks. Toyota also threw in a gold-plated smart key for good measure.
Like the standard Alphard and Vellfire, Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) is also made available to the special edition model. With it, safety features like a pre-collision system, automatic high beam, lane-departure alert, and dynamic radar cruise control (DRCC) will keep the driver and occupants safe from harm.
Under the hood, the Alphard S Type Gold and Vellfire Z Golden Eyes are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated to a CVT. It is also available as a hybrid that sees the engine getting a helping hand from the electric assist and a new eCVT instead of a standard CVT.
Incidentally, Japan's annual 'Golden Week' holiday is just around the corner; April 29 to May 6, this year. This could be Toyota's way of quietly celebrating the holiday with these golden Alphard and Vellfire variants.
The 2020 Toyota Alphard S 'Type Gold' and Vellfire Z 'Golden Eyes' are now currently available in Japan; 2WD versions cost JPY 332,000 more at JPY 4,240,000, while new 4WD versions will retail for JPY 4,495,000. The hybrid versions cost JPY 241,000 more than their standard counterparts at JPY 5,040,000.
While there are many customers who would probably want a 'gold' Alphard limited edition model, but it is unlikely to be released here.