Toyota Alphard MPV comes as a more premium take on the Innova Crysta with larger proportions and luxurious interior
The central government’s decision to allow 2,500 units of each car for any manufacturer regardless of the body type without homologation may have a big impact in the market. Some highly desired premium models could make their way into India from mainstream brands competing in mass segments.
Elsewhere, companies like Hyundai, Toyota, Renault and Nissan among others sell a handful of niche products. Toyota has the Alphard as one of its niche models and it was already spotted in India several times over the years. The Japanese manufacturer even showcased the people carrier at 2018 Auto Expo in February officially.
It is an integral part of the brand’s lineup in most of the Asian motoring exhibitions. Currently, the Alphard comes equipped with second generation Toyota Safety Sense P as standard fitment. It comprises of Lane Tracing Assist (LCA), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), new Pre-Collision System (PCS) and Advance Car Start Notification (TMN) systems.
In some markets, the Toyota Alphard is powered by a 2GR-FKS 3.5-litre V6 petrol unit developing 301 PS and 361 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the wheels. It acts as a technology demonstrator for Toyota and showcases what it can do at the highest level.
The Alphard premium MPV features roomy interior and has one of the biggest boot space you could find on any production MPV. The third-row seat can be folded to liberate further luggage volume. It also boasts central door that can be automatically operated through the button, high ground clearance, a large touchscreen infotainment interface, leather seats, panoramic sunroof, use of high-quality materials, etc.
With the Innova Crysta being the best-selling premium MPV in India, its belted up cousin could be well received as well if Toyota decides to launch it locally. Moreover, the Alphard, with its tall stance and bulky proportions, has loads of room for customisation and even has electric drivetrain in select markets.