UMW Toyota Motor has confirmed the domestic debut of the Toyota Alphard and Vellfire on 4 August. The anticipated, fully-imported Toyota Alphard and Vellfire are offered in three variants: two Alphard versions (Alphard 3.5 Executive Lounge and Alphard 3.5) and a Vellfire 2.5-liter option.
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 options. UMW Toyota Motor had advised the differences between official and non-official Alphards and Vellfires in a previous release. The models distributed by UMW Toyota Motor are specially-tuned for the local climate, which can better withstand the weather conditions here, and even road harshness. 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. For the units that are domesticated, the navigation and audio systems have been customized to suit local, neighboring countries’ road maps and radio frequencies, and more importantly, the data information are valid in English, Chinese or Bahasa Malaysia.
Both the new Toyota Alphard and Vellfire will come with a full factory warranty for a period of 5 years and unlimited mileage. Owners are also assured of complete and qualified afte rsales support, including parts, from any authorized Toyota service center in the country.