Toyota Alphard could open up a new luxury MPV segment in the market following the success of the new Innova Crysta
Toyota Kirloskar Motor could be introducing the Alphard luxury MPV for the Indian market according to a report from Overdrive. The success of the Innova Crysta, by which the brand has stamped its trustworthiness among Indian customers, may play as a driving factor. The Alphard has been reported to arrive not sooner as it is predicted to be more than a year off from India. The full-on luxury MPV has eight seater configuration and will be positioned substantially higher than the Innova Crysta.
Amidst exploring into an all-new segment, the brand image Toyota currently has in the MPV segment will play to its strengths. Toyota will be bringing in the new generation Prius Hybrid sedan and the Alphard’s hybrid drivetrain could consolidate the Japanese auto giant’s eco-friendly commitment for domestic market. Moreover, the 2.5-litre petrol hybrid unit is the same currently being used by the flagship Camry premium sedan.
Despite sharing identical mechanicals, the Alphard MPV has the potential to be quoted with a price range of around Rs. 50 lakh with highly-advanced safety and entertainment technologies alongside a whole host of features list. As normally expected from the segment, the luxury people carrier will have spacious cabin, with probably the biggest cargo room while not folding third row seat, and modern yet simple exterior. The automated centre door opens like a parcel van and can be closed with a push of a button – highlighting practicality and convenience.
On the inside, the Aplhard MPV will be offered with high quality material finish, leather upholstery and luxury touches with a large touchscreen infotainment system and panoramic sunroof. Courtesy of an electric all-wheel drive system, it is said to have stable and safe riding dynamics despite being tall and boxy in appearance.
It will also feature light steering and high ground clearance for ease of weekend outing. The 2.5-litre 2AR-FXE hybrid powerplant coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission could come with plenty of government incentives under the FAME scheme but as ever the pricing and features will decide the fate of this luxury premium MPV which is said to commence a bold new segment between the premium cars and German luxury trio.