2016 Toyota Alphard and Vellfire UMW Toyota Motor today revealed that the popular Alphard and Vellfire are bound for debut in the third quarter of the year. Both fully-imported models are differentiated by two variants of the Alphard (Alphard 3.5 Executive Lounge and Alphard 3.5) and one variant of the Vellfire.

Powering the Alphard is a 3.5-liter V6 engine while the Vellfire has a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, both equipped with Toyota’s Dual VVT-i system for optimum performance and fuel efficiency and low emissions. Active and Passive safety systems that are provided as standard include 7 SRS airbags, ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control.

Both models have a generous range of luxury equipment and the Alphard 3.5 Executive Lounge includes VIP Power Seats with internal cooling for extra comfort. This variant also comes with a premium sound system equipped with 17 speakers by JBL.

UMW Toyota Motor has stressed that there are differences between vehicles imported and sold by UMW Toyota Motor and those imported by other parties from Japan. It is important for potential buyers to understand the technicalities between the two. “Through experience, Toyota engineers have found that driving conditions in Malaysia can be quite demanding. The weather conditions are usually hot and vehicles travel long distances at high speeds. These can have an effect on operating temperatures of the engine so programming of the ECU (Engine Control Unit) is usually adjusted to keep the engine cool,” Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor, commented. “Vehicles intended for other countries will have tuning specially for those countries and they may not operate optimally in Malaysian conditions. For example, vehicles sold in Japan would not require tuning for such high temperatures as the weather conditions are cooler. Therefore, in order for customers to have complete satisfaction and peace of mind, it is strongly recommended to purchase Toyota vehicles from a UMWT branch or an authorized Toyota dealership in the country.”

There are also cases of units intended for the Japanese market being sold in the country and the owners cannot make use of the navigation system because the digital maps provided are not for Malaysia and it is all in Japanese. Even the radio frequencies are also using radio frequencies in the land of the Rising Sun. For the units that are domesticated, the audio system is already suited to local frequencies while the digital maps provided are for Malaysia and neighboring countries and furthermore, the data information valid are in English.

Customers who wish to be among the first to own these two luxury MPVs can now register their interest at all UMW Toyota Motor branches and authorized Toyota dealerships nationwide. Both models will come with a full factory warranty for a period of 5 years and unlimited mileage. Owners are also assured of complete and qualified aftersales support, including parts, from any authorized Toyota service center in the country.