Toyota has recently introduced its latest VIP mobiles, the Alphard and Vellfire. The starting price for the Toyota Alphard and Vellfire is JPY 4,720,000 (approximately Rs. 27.23 lakh), but this price is specifically for the Welcab assisted mobility vehicles, which are only available with the Alphard model.
The regular Alphard ranges in price from JPY 5.4 million (approximately Rs. 31.17 lakh) to JPY 8.72 million (approximately Rs. 50.34 lakh), while the Vellfire is priced between JPY 6.55 million (approximately Rs. 37.81 lakh) and JPY 8.92 million (approximately Rs. 51.48 lakh).
It is expected that the new Vellfire will soon be launched in India, where prices are likely to be more than double the Japanese prices. With this update, Toyota has significantly enhanced the premium and luxurious features of both the Alphard and Vellfire, particularly on the interior.
Both the Toyota Alphard and Vellfire are built on the GA-K variant of the global TNGA platform. Toyota has made substantial efforts to enhance the luxury of these vehicles, including a 50% increase in chassis rigidity using improved adhesives, adaptive suspensions, rubber bushings in seat frames, memory foam seats, reduced wind noise, low-noise tires, and sound-absorbing interior materials.
Moreover, both the Alphard and Vellfire now comply with Japanese automatic parking systems. In terms of dimensions, they have a length of 4,995 mm, width of 1,850 mm, and a wheelbase of 3,000 mm. The design follows the “Forceful X Impact Luxury” theme and bears resemblance to the Lexus LM, with some visual differences between the front and rear of the Alphard and Vellfire.
The Alphard features a parametric-effect grille and a LED daytime running light signature, while the Vellfire adopts a similar design theme as the Land Cruiser LC300. The Vellfire’s rear design is reminiscent of the recently-debuted MG Maxus, featuring distinct tail lights and a sharp, new-age wide LED bar signature.
Moving to the interior, both models boast a modern dashboard with a more minimalist approach compared to previous versions. It includes wood inlays, a large central touchscreen infotainment screen, and a digital instrument console. While music control is managed by two knobs, the AC controls are now integrated into the screen.
In terms of seating arrangements, the 2+2+2 or 2+2+3 layout places emphasis on the middle-row individual seats, which offer a multitude of creature comforts. These seats can be likened to thrones, featuring electric seat adjustment, electric ottoman function, seat heating and ventilation, retractable tables, and pull-down window shades.
Entering these seats is made elegant with automatic sliding doors and auto-retracting side steps that provide a convenient first step at a height of 220 mm from the ground. The vehicle also boasts a long overhead console with ambient lighting, and second-row passengers have the option to open their side of the sunroof. Additionally, both seats come with detachable displays to control various functions.
As for the engine options, the Alphard is available with a 2AR-FE 2.5L naturally aspirated petrol engine (180 bhp, 235 Nm, CVT) as well as a hybrid version of the same engine (247 bhp combined, 5 Ah battery, available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive). On the other hand, the Vellfire shares the hybrid engine with the Alphard and also offers a 2.4L turbocharged petrol engine (275 bhp, 430 Nm, 8-speed automatic transmission) in addition to the hybrid powertrain. Both models include Toyota’s Safety Sense ADAS suite, Advance Park, and Advanced Drive for added safety and convenience.