Toyota today introduced its premium MPVs, the third generation Alphard, priced from RM419,900, and second generation Vellfire, priced from RM355,000.

Sole authorised importer and distributor of Toyota vehicles in Malaysia UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT) has offered the previous generation of the Alphard in its model line-up, but this is the first time that the Vellfire is being officially sold in Malaysia.

The all-new Toyota Alphard is available with a 3.5-litre V6 engine featuring Dual VVT-i, with a maximum output of 267hp and 340Nm of torque matched to a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential manual mode, while the Vellfire gets its power from a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine, also with Dual VVT-i, with a max output of 178hp and 235Nm of torque, matched with a seven-speed CVT.

Active and Passive safety systems are provided for both vehicles as standard that include seven SRS airbags, ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control.

The Alphard comes in two variants, namely the Alphard 3.5 Executive Lounge and Alphard 3.5, while the Vellfire comes in only the 2.5 variant.

Both come in four colours – Luxury White Pearl CS. GF., White Pearl CS., Silver Metallic and Black for the Alphard, and Burning Black CS. GF., White Pearl CS., Silver Metallic and Black for the Vellfire.

Luxury White Pearl CS.GF. and Burning Black CS.GF. are new colours developed for each model, respectively.

UMWT deputy chairman Akio Takeyama said Malaysia’s weather can affect operating temperatures of vehicles’ ECUs if not programmed specifically for the weather, and this is especially true for MPVs that often travel long distances at high speed, so it is safer for customers to purchase from UMWT outlets or authorised Toyota dealers.

“Vehicles intended for other countries are being tuned specially for the country and they may not operate optimally in Malaysian conditions.

“Therefore, in order for customers to have complete peace of mind and satisfaction when driving their Toyota vehicle, I strongly recommend that they purchase the vehicles from UMWT outlet or any authorised Toyota dealers in Malaysia,” said Takeyama.

As with all Toyota vehicles, the Alphard and Vellfire come with a full five-year warranty with unlimited mileage and 10 years guaranteed Toyota Genuine Parts availability after the model run-out.

UMWT hopes to sell a combined total of around 1,500 units of the two MPVs by the end of this year.

Both models will be available at selected Toyota showrooms nationwide from August 19 onwards.



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