Toyota Vellfire, which is a sportier version of the Alphard MPV, was recently showcased at a private event in Bengluru. According to Autocar, the Japanese carmaker will launch the Vellfire with 6-seats layout in October, 2019. This luxury MOV will come to India as a CBU (Completely Built Up) unit under the new homologation norms. Just so you know, the Indian government has allowed car manufacturers to import up to 2,500 units annually without any homologation.
The leaked brochure scans reveal that the Toyota Vellfire will be offered with petrol-hybrid engine (150bhp, 2.5L gasoline unit + 143bhp electric motor) generating a combined power of 145bhp. For transmission purpose, the MPV will have a CVT (continuously variable transmission) gearbox sending power to all four wheels. Read – Toyota Preparing All-New SUV To Challenge Jeep Renegade
Compared to the Alphard, the Toyota Vellfire carries some sporty design bits such as split LED headlamps with DRLs, revised front grille, new bumper and fog lamps with triangular housing. Save for the all-black interior theme, the Vellfire looks exactly similar to the Alphard from inside. Dimensionally, both MPVs measure the same. Though, the Vellfire is slightly longer (by 10mm). Read – Toyota To Launch Over 12 New Cars In India
Toyota will offer the Vellfire MPV with an ‘Executive Lounge’ package that includes two large ottomans seats for the middle row passengers, two sunroofs, individual tray tables, powered sliding doors and tailgate, mood lighting, three-zone automatic climate control and seven airbags. The seats are powered, ventilated and have reclining function.
The global-spec model of the Toyota Vellfire features a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 10.2-inch entertainment display for rear seat passengers and a 360 degree surround view camera. However, there is no clarity whether the India-spec model will offer these features or not.