Luxury MPV will be displayed at the upcoming Auto Expo 2018; will target fleet and tour operators.
Toyota will have their luxury MPV – the Alphard – on display at the upcoming Auto Expo. The mega MPV will be used to gauge public response and gather feedback for a potential introduction, at a later stage.
Speaking to Autocar India, a company official confirmed that the Japanese automaker is keenly evaluating the Alphard for a possible market introduction here and also studying the segment, itself. “We are checking the feasibility of such a segment,” the official said. “People are importing plenty of Hiaces and Alphards through different routes for tours and traveler segments, so they do have a good market here.”
Apart from studying the model viability, the carmaker is looking at ways to overcome challenges that need sorting, like fitting of speed limiting devices and governors for such class of vehicles.
The mega MPV has a length of close to 5 meters and comes with a choice of powertrain options for the international market including a hybrid. However, it is not known which version will be on display at the motor show, this week. The Alphard also has a slightly different version called the Vellfire, which is now in its third generation and primarily sold in Japan, apart from a few other markets, around the world.