Toyota assessing Alphard MPV for India launch
Toyota will have their luxury MPV – the Alphard – on show at the coming Auto Expo. The mega MPV will be used to gauge public response and gather feedback for a potential introduction, at a later stage. A company official confirmed that the Japanese carmaker is keenly evaluating the Alphard for a possible market outline here and also studying the segment, itself. “We are checking the feasibility of such a segment,” the official said. “People are importing plenty of Hiaces and Alphards through different routes for tours and traveler segments, so they do have a good market here.” Apart from studying the model viability, the carmaker is looking at ways to overcome challenges that need sorting, like fitting of speed limiting devices and governors for such class of vehicles.
The report points to an estimated price of Rs.50 lakhs for the Alphard in India, which will see it rub shoulders with the entry-level German luxury SUV/sedan clan. The Alphard has more space, individuality and luxury on its side to sway the back seat buyers in its favor. Also, with the healthy sales figures of the top-end Innova Crysta taken into story, Toyota appears to be persuaded that the Alphard will make a niche for itself in the Indian market.
The Alphard can be had with either a 3.45-lite petrol engine, or a hybrid power-train sourced from the Camry Hybrid that coupled a 2.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor. While the former is good for 271 bhp and 340 Nm of torque, the latter makes a joint output of over 200 bhp. The Toyota Alphard measures 1,850 mm wide, 4,915 mm long and 1,895 mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 3,000 mm. The mega MPV has a length of close to 5 meters and comes with a choice of powertrain choices for the global market including a hybrid. However, it is not known which type will be on show at the motor show, this week. The Alphard also has a somewhat altered type called the Vellfire, which is now in its 3rd gen and primarily sold in Japan, apart from a few other markets, around the world