6 Seater Maxicab
The Toyota Alphard & Vellfire are Premium MPVs (Multi-Purpose Vehicles) which are very popular among the business community & top corporate executives in Singapore. Both MPVs are well-known for their classy & spacious interiors, comfortable ride quality, powerful & fuel economical powertrain, & high reliability & ease of maintenance, as well as strong residual values.
In August 2018, we have included the new third-generation Alphard and second-generation Vellfire in our stable. Both MPVs have engines & ECU (engine control unit) programming that have been tuned to run better in local hot weather conditions.
Toyota Alphard 3.5L
The Alphard is offered in 2 variants – the higher grade Alphard 3.5L Executive Lounge & the Alphard 3.5L. The Executive Lounge offers features such as semi-anilineleather upholstery, second row VIP seats with seat air-conditioning, a more premium audio system with 17 JBL speakers & a larger eight-inch touchscreen display.It also comes with a 9-inch rear seat entertainment system with Blu-ray Disc player. Also exclusively included in the steering switches is a voice recognition for
The powerful 3.5-litre V6 engine with dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) is a solid performer with 271ps of power and 340Nm of torque, mated to a silky-smooth six-speed automatic gearbox. For us & our VIP passengers, being in an Alphard on the move is like enjoying top-grade “durian” – it is quiet, refined, powerful, relaxing & comfortable. Like the Vellfire, the Alphard has an electric power steering that is precise and nearly effortless to use.
Toyota Vellfire 2.5L
The new Vellfire takes on the ‘Bold & Fearless’ design theme & the front fascia sets it apart from its bigger sibling the Alphard by the large Toyota logo & chunky horizontal slats. It is fitted with LED daytime running lights & another distinction is the rear combination lamps on the Vellfire are C-shaped. The dual linear illuminations of the lamps of the Vellfire also mirror the two-section headlamps at the front for a touch of symmetry. As for exterior design, a nice touch is the blacked-out quarter pillar which expresses a roomy cabin. While the overall shape is boxy, it is far from boring as it has accented surfaces & the shoulder, which
passes through a horizontal axis starting from the headlamps, expands in an arc from the front towards the rear, giving it a dynamic three-dimensional form.
Power is derived from the 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine with dual VVT-i. The output from this engine is rated at 180ps and 235Nm of torque mated to a 7-speed CVT
Inside, the Vellfire 2.5L has a black colour theme with black woodgrain trim. Metallic ornamentation & woodgrain pattern ornamentation give a strong impression of high craftsmanship in the cabin. The instrument cluster consists of the optitron meter combination with 3-dimensional meter rings, the coolant temperature &
fuel gauges. Between the meters is a 4.2-inch colour TFT Multi-Information Display (MID). It also comes with a 7-in touchscreen display audio system & the screen display digital maps for route navigation by GPS & also serves as the control centre for the entertainment system.
The new Vellfire has much more space to offer as the wheelbase has been increased by 50mm. Ingress & egress is even easier as the step-up height is reduced by 50mm. The sliding door opening has also been enlarged by 70mm. If you are riding one, than you will be surprised at the level of comfort it offers, not to mention
how quiet the cabin is, making long distance sojourns less exhausting. And if you are seated in the Captain Seat, then you have the best seat in the house. Turn on the Ottoman seat feature to put your feet up and you can either sleep, read or watch what’s on the large rear display screen to pass the time.
Premium MPVs rule
Both the Alphard and Vellfire are actually close siblings with many similarities in design, interior layout, comfort & safety features, & plush cabin materials. Step inside the cabins, & you will be hard-pressed to tell the differences.
Both MPVs are huge people movers at almost 5 metres in length & 1.9-metre in height, while on the road, they easily stand out among a mundane crowd of smaller vehicles. Getting in & out, especially in tight parking spots, is made a lot easier with powered sliding doors on both sides. The best spots to be in the MPVS is the second row, where the Alphard 3.5L & Vellfire 2.5L get Captain Seats with power reclining & Ottoman features, as well as a side table. With both third row seats raised against the sides, up to six golf bags can be fitted in the rear cargo section.
Both the Alphard & Vellfire also get standard features like a twin moonroof, sunshades on the side windows, ceiling illumination (with up to 16 different colours), & three-zone automatic air-conditioning with nanoe air purification. Regarding ride & handling, the new Alphard & Vellfire run on 18-inch wheels with tyres sized 235/50 & are quite planted when tackling road curves & corners at higher speeds; there is substantially less of the “softly floating” sensation in their predecessors.This is likely due to better suspension engineering by Toyota, which uses independent front MacPherson struts with stabilisers, and new rear double wishbones
for both MPVs. The double wishbone suspension is usually preferred by premium & performance cars as it provides a good balance between handling & ride comfort.
In summary, the commanding road presence, high levels of refinement, ride comfort & safety features in both the Alphard & Vellfire help to jusify their astronomical price tags, & they continue to be the MPVs of choice for local “towkays” or big business owners