Toyota Motor Philippines launches new Alphard minivan

By Patrick Everett Tadeo
 

TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Toyota Alphard

Insistent public demand has prompted Toyota Motor Philippines to bring in the new Toyota Alphard, which is designed to cater to Pinoys seeking a luxurious minivan experience.

“We brought in the Alphard because we’ve been receiving a lot of inquires from customers who’ve seen it in Hong Kong, Japan, and Thailand asking us when we’ll bring it in,” said Raymond Rodriguez, Toyota Philippines first vice president for vehicle sales operations.

The Alphard, named after the brightest star in the Hydra constellation, will be available in Toyota dealerships starting August 3. The van in Silver Metallic or Raven Black is priced at P2.79 million while the White Pearl variant costs P2.805 million (click here see how much our readers think the Alphard should cost in the Philippines).

As TopGear.com.ph earlier revealed, Toyota Motor Philippines is selling the 2.4-liter variant of the minivan that runs a maximum output of 167 horsepower and 227 Newton meters of torque on a four-speed automatic transmission.

Rodriguez said, however, that a 3.5-liter variant is also on its way.

By September or October, we’ll have the 3.5-liter model available,” he told TopGear.com.ph, adding that the higher-spec’d variant should cost less than P3 million.

Luxurious touches on the new Alphard include large chrome-accented front grille, three-dimensional HID headlamps and LED taillights, chrome rear license plate garnish, rain sensors, electric motor-equipped doors for easy access to the van, twin moonroofs, and second-row captain seats with power ottoman.

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  • m0nk Aug 02 2010 @ 07:42pm
    WOW
  • rupert Aug 02 2010 @ 07:50pm
    Mas gusto ko pa rin ang Hyundai Starex Limousine kesa sa 2.4 variant pero mas gusto ko ang 3.5 variant kesa sa Starex Limousine.....
  • GTi Aug 02 2010 @ 08:13pm
    Langya naman yan! They'd better make sure that its the 3.5 variant that costs P2.8M! Sobrang taga na to, Starex Limousine is much better than this one in just about every aspect, costs cheaper too and might actually be able to outdrag the V6 variant, let alone the 2.4.
  • maranello_5775 Aug 02 2010 @ 08:17pm
    upmarket minivan for the upperclass crowd
  • sagaraemiru Aug 02 2010 @ 08:55pm
    If not for a diesel engine, the Starex wouldn't be as popular as it is now. Toyota shouldn't be resting on its laurels, since it's the diesel engines that make Hyundai sell like hotcakes. On the other hand, the V6 engine is still more than welcome, as long as it's priced right.
  • BOOGIECAT Aug 02 2010 @ 09:09pm
    The 3.5 Liter V6 variant ng Alphard will likely be priced at 2,980 Million Pesos.Ang next daw na MPV ng Toyota na ilalabas dito ay Toyota Wish!Maganda ang 2nd row Captain Seats ng Alphard!
  • clint_co23 Aug 02 2010 @ 09:20pm
    nice wheelz..
  • clint_co23 Aug 02 2010 @ 09:20pm
    nice wheelz..
  • feeter Aug 02 2010 @ 09:23pm
    Nice to see Alphard landing on the Philippine soil, yeah it's for upper class market. Another reason to work harder and run on the next election!
  • jackcolelero Aug 03 2010 @ 03:53am
    a
  • jackcolelero Aug 03 2010 @ 03:55am
    Ummm...way overpriced.
  • keithdb Aug 03 2010 @ 08:17am
    nice but I guess this is targeted for the upper 5% of the population only.
  • regiusace17 Aug 03 2010 @ 09:02am
    i looove the seats with ottoman feature :)
  • ninoy77 Aug 03 2010 @ 10:05am
    hi
  • gears Aug 03 2010 @ 10:48am
    i think you should blame the tax on its high price...
  • navigator2377 Aug 03 2010 @ 03:03pm
    Hanep ang loob... Ang mahal lang.. tsk tsk.. antay na lang ako sa kalye kung may nakabili na! :)
  • francisr27 Aug 04 2010 @ 04:59am
    It's for the upper class only.
  • nivlem31 Aug 04 2010 @ 03:41pm
    kahit sino puedeng bumili basta may pambili kht anong class ka
  • Kyoichi Sudo Aug 04 2010 @ 05:49pm
    VERY EXPENSIVE! i'll rather w8 for the Delica D:5
  • samsungish Aug 04 2010 @ 06:49pm
    the alphard looks like a high end nissan serena... nakita ko actual model in pasong tamo... maliit ang width niya parang serena ng nissan
  • southboy Aug 04 2010 @ 09:35pm
    i saw one around filinvest. maybe owned by richie rich. great interior!
  • jetski Aug 08 2010 @ 12:45pm
    Grand Starex all the way....
  • genntommy Aug 10 2010 @ 06:05pm
    whats good bout it is the interior... externally.. not so modern
  • karlohaduca Sep 01 2011 @ 08:35pm
    Parang iba naman nakita ko sa YT nakita ko yung dash meron satnav pero dito wala tapos ang mahal pa...
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