Last year, May 2008, Toyota had launched the next generation of its flagship JDM luxo-van, which is Toyota Alphard and Velfire.It’s a big news last year when Toyota launches a completely redesigned Alphard and Velfire.In our opinion, these two luxury vehicle are quite nice and elegant.The second generation of Toyota Alphard is said to be based on the Toyota FT-MV showcased at the 2007 Tokyo Auto Show.
And by the way, did you know that the van is one of the top vehicle in Japan? It’s no wonder that the Japanese often use vans as a second, street-legal flat. The Japanese do not take their vans lightly.
Can you see the differences between the Alphard and Velfire?
The name Vellfire was derived by combining the words velvet and fire.These two vehicles have slightly different rear and front looks.The different is the Velfire having two stepped headlamps and tail lamps.
Toyota has positioned the Alphard as the one for customers looking for “elegance and refinement” while the Vellfire, a demonic-sounding name derived from combining “velvet” and “fire”, targets those who want “power and innovation.” These are the answer from Toyota to differentiate their two identical cars that differ only in sheetmetal.
The Toyota Alphard and Velfire has two engine choices – either a 2GR-FE 3.5 liter V6 engine with a 6-speed Super ECT transmission or a 2AZ-FE 2.4 liter DOHC VVT-i inline-4 engine mated to a Super CVT-i stepless gearbox with the option of 7 virtual gear ratios.
The Alphard and Velfire will have to battle it out with other great like the Mazda MPV, Honda Elysion, and Nissan Elgrand.
Looks more smart right?
Have you seen these two luxury vehicle in our road? Let’s hare ypur opinion about these two luxury vehicles here. More pictures below. Click the picture to enlarge.
Luxury interior.. and quite nice if you ask me!
Pictures of Toyota Velfire below