Boosting the luxury MPV segment, Toyota India on the back of the success of the Innova Crysta in India, might launch the luxury premium Alphard MPV.
Toyota is the leader in MPV segment in India and the launch of the Alphard is a bold move indeed. The Alphard is a full-size luxury MPV that can seat eight passengers easily, which is a USP for the Japanese automaker.
Also, with the recent ban on diesel vehicles, Toyota bringing the Alphard is justifiable as it comes in the hybrid fashion and to strengthen Toyota's global environmentally friendly approach. The Alphard could easily compliment the third generation Prius Hybrid sedan that is expected to be launched in a couple of months.
Another reason for Toyota to bring the Alphard is that it uses the same 2.5-litre petrol hybrid powertrain that is seen in the Camry hybrid which is on sale in India.
The Alphard falls under the luxury premium segment and hence it can be priced in the range in upwards of Rs 50 lakh and that could be a bit of an issue in India. However, the Alphard MPV will come with a host of luxury features with comfort and convenience.
Talking about the MPV itself, the Alphard is a large MPV with a huge cabin space and large panelled exteriors. The front profile is sharp and 'in your face' attitude grabs a lot of attention. The second-row doors are opened like a parcel van; however, here the doors are automated with hydraulic actuators which slide with a touch of a button.
The plushness of the interior is an eye opener which raises the bar of luxury. All the three rows provide ample legroom and space. This MPV has one of the best boot space even with the third row upright.
The Toyota Alphard is powered by the 2.5-litre 2AR-FXE hybrid mill which is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Toyota should probably bring the Alphard to identify itself as an environment-friendly company with the hybrid powertrain of the Alphard MPV.