Chinese journalists found out that the presentation of the Toyota Alphard for the domestic market is scheduled for May 23, and a month later they will show the “global” version with the left steering wheel. In the fourth generation, the five-meter minivan will lose the V6 engine, share the TNGA-K front-wheel drive platform with the luxurious Lexus LM, and the difference between single-volume models will be in the field of design and equipment.
The exterior and interior features of the new Toyota Alphard have become clear thanks to leaks, and the most luxurious performance options are shown on the example of the “related” Lexus. A three-row seven-seater saloon is also expected from a minivan under the parent brand, but the novelty will not have a four-seat configuration with a 48-inch screen.
Since the premiere of the Toyota Alphard will take place in Japan, you should not wait for non-hybrid modifications. The basic version will probably have a power plant based on a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine in conjunction with an electromechanical variator. Optionally, they will offer a minivan with the E-Four system and an electric motor in the rear axle drive. A powerful hybrid based on the “turbo four” 2.4 at Alphard may not appear at all.
Full information about the fourth generation Toyota Alphard will be made public within a month and a half. Official deliveries of new items to the CIS countries are very likely, which means that in the foreseeable future the minivan will reach Russia under the parallel import scheme.
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