Toyota has been busy of late making its cars safer and packed with more features.

After making the reverse camera standard in all Fortuner variants, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has turned its attention to their luxury minivan, the Alphard. For 2020, the Alphard has been fitted with the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) system.

First made available on the Japan-spec Alphard, the minivan now comes with the same level of driver aids and active safety systems as the top-of-the-line Corolla Altis Hybrid, and the Super Grandia Elite. With it, the 2020 Alphard now gets pre-collision system (PCS), automatic high beam (AHB), lane-departure alert (LDA), and dynamic radar cruise control (DRCC).

PCS warns the driver of an impending impact via a series of flashes. Should the driver fail to slow the vehicle down or step on the brake pedal, the AEB function of the system will do the braking automatically. AHB, on the other hand, automatically adjusts the LED headlights' brightness. The system automatically switches to low-beam when there's oncoming traffic and only reverts back to high-beam once the other vehicle has passed.

Toyota Alphard TSS image

Next is LDA which notifies the driver that they are veering off their lane. This keeps the driver from straying off of the road, as well as keep the driver aware of their surroundings. Finally, DRCC works as the car's adaptive cruise control. While it works like a typical cruise control system, once it detects another car in front of it, it will reduce speed and maintain a safe distance from the car in front.

Aside from making TSS available on the Alphard, Toyota also installed an upgraded infotainment system complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

However, the new safety feature did increase its suggested retail price. From its original sticker price of PhP 3,740,000, the upgraded minivan is now selling for PhP 3,910,000.

While its price has gone up by PhP 170,000, at least TMP made sure that the Alphard got the necessary upgrades it needed.