So, after quite a long wait, the new Toyota Alphard and Toyota Vellfire is Launched in Indonesia. And naturally, as a JDM maniac, i had to take a look. Sorry for the potato pics though..
The new Alphard i think is the first minivan that will make you sick before you enters the car. Hideous looking front, i have to say. It's like they take some styling cues from Chocolate bar.
The Vellfire is slightly better looking. But it's like saying James May is slightly better looking than Jeremy Clarkson.
But the interior is really what the Alphard is all about. These seats for example, they're heated and cooled with purified air, and they also can massage you. Plus, there's a nice fold-out Table like the one you get on Mercedes S-Class.
And Toyota Engineers are working hard to make sure you only breathe the purified air inside the car. Sort of. That's what the salesman said.
There's also some nice little details like this Qi-based Wireless Charging Plate. Good for charging the kid's smartphone.
The new Alphard is also 10 mm lower from the old one, to make it easier to get in and get out for the ladies ;)
But there's one big flaw in the getting inside the car business. Because now the middle row seat is bigger than ever, therefore it's impossible to get in to the back. So the Toyota guys told me that to enter the rear seat you need to get in from the back and fold one of the seats. That's hugely impractical, not to mentions that the seats are very heavy since it's full of gadgets, as i said earlier.
A remote for the TV..
That somehow still looks like cheap aftermarket TV.
But still, the TV is now supporting Blu-Ray discs, DLNA, and Miracast. How often you saw any of those inside a car?
"Oh, the buttons on the remote is not enough? Don't worry, there's more on the seats!"
The front has nice interior too, but if you driving the Alphard, you'll look like a chauffeur.
The venerable 3.5l V6 digged out straight from Lotus, err, i mean Toyota's parts bin. Power goes to the front of course.
This car, with the V6, will cost you 116,280 USD. That's the same amount of monies as the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG or BMW M235i. If you don't want to waste your money on a V6, you can has one with the Inline-4 and pay 74,480 USD, or "just" 15k USD more than top of the line Camry Hybrid.
Will i buy it? No. Unless if it's come with free lifetime Chauffeur, that is. Still, it looks like it'll be quite a nice car to ride in. I kinda like it.