UMW Toyota Motor has simultaneously launched both the Toyota Alphard and Vellfire twins earlier today.
In Japan, both models are available with either a 2.5-litre four-cylinder Dual VVT-i or 3.5-litre V6 Dual VVT-i engine, in 7- or 8-seater configurations. However UMW Toyota Motor have elected to separate the two imported from Japan models by offering only a single engine option each, both with 7 seats.
The more luxuriously equipped Alphard, priced from RM419,900 (on the road with insurance) is powered by a 3.5-litre Dual VVT-i engine, while the sportier looking Vellfire is cheaper, at RM355,000, powered by a smaller 2.5-litre Dual VVT-i engine. It’s the same 2AR-FE engine that powered the previous non-hybrid Camry 2.5V.
The more expensive Alphard is available in two variants – the RM419,900 standard model, and RM519,900 Executive Lounge model, both using the same 3.5-litre engine, paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels.
The 2.5-litre Vellfire is only available in one standard variant, and drive is transferred to the front wheels via a CVT-type automatic transmission.
Key features for the Toyota Vellfire 2.5-litre – RM355,000
Key features for the Toyota Alphard 3.5-litre (standard model) – RM419,900
The Alphard 3.5-litre Executive Lounge – RM519,900 – adds the following features
While the prices might be steeper than an equally-equipped grey-import model of the same manufacturing year, UMW Toyota Motor is keen to stress that the higher prices are justified with its localized GPS navigation system with local maps, English language infotainment system, better after-sales support with 5-year warranty (unlimited mileage), and improved reliability thanks to specific tuning done to the vehicle’s ECU to better cope with our local driving conditions.