According to a new report from bestcarweb.jp, the Toyota Vellfire will get integrated into the Toyota Alphard family next year. A separate Toyota Vellfire minivan will cease to exist, and in its place would come the Alphard with new grades and different styling, the Japanese site reports. The next-gen Toyota Alphard, going by Japanese articles, can be expected in the middle of next year.
The current-gen Toyota Alphard and Vellfire are to get a small refresh for the MY2021 this month. This will probably be the final update for the Vellfire as permanent discontinuation looms at the end of the year, as per the Japanese report. Note that Toyota Motor has not provided guidance on the product plan of its Japanese MPVs, and the information is unofficial.
Grades and equipment could be revised with the upcoming update and several configurations and colors are to be discontinued from the current-gen model.
2022 Toyota Alphard to ride on a ‘high’ version of the TNGA
In October last year, bestcarweb.jp said that next-gen Toyota Alphard will be based on a high version of the TNGA platform. Expect it to feature a dramatic design gaining aggressive front and rear fascias. Not only would the Alphard need to move up the ladder in the new generation but also serve Vellfire customers who generally prefer boldness in design.
The TNGA platform would allow a low centre of gravity, and offer greater stability and reduced body roll. One can expect hydraulic engine mounts for minimised vibration and noise, and thus a smoother ride. The TNGA platform is expected to improve the maneuverability to a point where Toyota is motivated to release a GR Sport variant in the fourth generation, the Japanese report notes.
The 2021 Toyota Alphard hybrid will employ a new full-hybrid system that uses a 2.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine and electric motor(s). The new hybrid system would replace the 2GR-FKS 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 petrol.
Why would Toyota discontinue the Vellfire?
The Vellfire has been present in the Toyota line-up since the Toyota Alphard entered its second generation in 2008, as its more stylish and fancier companion. Japan is the main market of the Toyota Alphard and Toyota Vellfire. Toyopet dealers sell the former and Netz dealers sell the latter. Here, sales of the Alphard are four times that of the Vellfire.
Last year, Toyota sold 90,748 units of the Alphard in Japan, averaging 7,500 units/month, to become the best-selling vehicle in its segment last year. The sales data of the Vellfire for the entire year isn’t available, but between January and August, average monthly sales were just 1,652 units. Toyota is trimming its vehicle line-up and plans to discontinue the same models with individual identities that are not performing, one of which is the Vellfire, the Japanese report concludes.