After images of what appeared to be the new-generation Previa were leaked over a month ago, Toyota has officially revealed the 2016 Previa minivan. Also called Estima, the updated Previa receives a heavily restyled front end, a tweaked cabin and a new transmission that replaces the old 4-speed automatic.
Beginning with the design, the Previa's front end now follows the brand's 'Keen Look' philosophy. It gets slimmer LED headlights, black trapezoidal grill with a chrome fixture on top and daytime running lights that extend upwards on the bumper. Moving towards the side, high-end models get chrome door handles, along with additional brightwork on the lower section of the van. Rounding up the exterior revisions are the new alloy wheels, slightly redesigned taillights, reshaped rear bumper and optional two-tone paint finish.
Stepping inside, a new 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel greets the driver, along with new dashboard trim and leather seats. Gone is the 2-DIN audio system as it has been replaced with a new touchscreen infotainment system. The climate control system has been updated as well and now features soft-touch controls along with new aircon vents. The signature instrument panel has been retained but now has a 2.6-inch multi-information display.
The 7-seat layout has been carried over but those looking for more seating capacity can opt for the traditional 8-seater variant. In addition, there is also a model available that allows easier ingress and egress for disabled passengers.
Powering the 2016 Previa will still be the carried-over 2.4-liter AZ-FE which produces 170 PS and 224 Nm of torque. The 4-speed automatic gearbox has been succeeded by a new Super CVT-i which drives the front wheels.
In terms of safety, the 2016 Previa is fitted with Toyota Safety Sense C pacakge across the lineup. With it, the refreshed minivan gets pre-collision safety system, lane departure alert and automatic high beam. Better handling, on the other hand, comes courtesy of a front performance damper which is also standard on all models.
There is no word yet if Toyota Motors Philippines will bring the 2016 Previa.