Toyota prepared some nice changes when it comes to these two minivans. Both Alphard and Velfire are luxury minivans, very popular in Japan. Besides domestic market, these two model are available in several other countries, such as Malaysia, Russia, and others. While the Alphard is in third, Velfire is in the second generation. Current generations of these models are present since 2015, and we are now seeing the first update.
The company revealed new versions and we can see that there are some nice changes for both models. These novelties are significant, so we can say that this is basically a facelift. Both models come with significant improvement in styling. Also, there are some new standard features in the offer. Finally, both models now feature a more powerful version of a familiar V6 engine.
2018 Toyota Alphard and Toyota Velfire facelift
Famous minivans are coming with significant changes. The 2018 Toyota Alphard and Toyota Velfire are featuring a complete facelift that includes numerous changes. First of all, there are some nice novelties in terms of visual appearance. Both models look much better. These models are very similar, but there are still some differences. Each model comes with several distinctive details. As it is usual for these kinds of updates, most of the changes are at the front end. Both models come with novelties in areas such as headlights, grille, bumpers etc. The overall impression is that both models come with the more luxurious stance. The 2018 Alphard definitely looks more exclusive.
When it comes to 2018 Velfire, there are several new details that give a bolder look. Inside, the base design remains the same, but there are some new details on the instrument cluster and dashboard. Of course, there are some new standard features.
2018 Toyota Alphard and Toyota Velfire features
These minivans are known as luxury cars, but the company decided to offer even more for the upcoming year. We all know that these kinds of vehicles are equipped with plenty of standard features, especially when it comes to things like comfort and convenience. So, there is not so much space for further improvement at the moment. On the other see, there are some novelties in terms of safety. The second generation of the famous Toyota Safety Sense P will be the standard feature in both models. This package included various advanced safety systems, such as Pre-Collision System system that detects pedestrians even at night now as well as cyclists during the day, Lane-keeping Assist with Lane Departure Alert and Advance Car Start Notification function.
2018 Toyota Alphard and Toyota Velfire engines
The big novelty for both 2018 Toyota Alphard and Toyota Velfire is the new engine under the hood. Both versions are now available with the new version of the famous 3.5-liter V6 engine. Compared to the older version, the new one has for about 20 horses more. So, a total output now goes up to 300 horsepower. Another great novelty is a new transmission. Instead of a 6-speed, new models now feature an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Besides this V6 engine, these minivans are also available with a smaller 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This unit is good for about 180 horsepower. Finally, there is a hybrid version, which combines the same 2.5-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor. A total output goes around 150 horsepower.
2018 Toyota Alphard and Toyota Velfire release date and price
The new 2018 Toyota Alphard and Toyota Velfire are pretty much ready for the launch. According to latest reports, both models will go on sale on January 8, 2018. Bigger changes in price are not expected.