The Toyota Alphard (Japanese: トヨタ・アルファード, Toyota Arufādo) is a minivan produced by the Japanese automaker Toyota since 2002. It is available as a seven- or eight-seater with petrol and hybrid engine options. Hybrid variants have been available since 2003 and it incorporates Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology. The vehicle was named after Alphard, the brightest star in the constellation Hydra.
The Alphard is marketed as a luxury car and is primarily made for the Japanese market, but is also sold in Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Russia, UAE, Greater China and Southeast Asia.
The facelifted third generation Alphard and second generation Vellfire were unveiled on 25 December 2017 and released on 8 January 2018. Most of the changes are only to the exterior and powertrain, whereas interior equipment remains largely similar with minor changes. New square taillights replace the vertical ones on the Vellfire. The Alphard gets slimmer LED headlights and a larger grille up front. Both models get sequential LED turn signals as standard. Also new is an updated V6 engine, the 2GR-FKS that replaces the outgoing 2GR-FE. Output has increased to 221 kW (296 hp) and 362 N⋅m (267 lbf⋅ft). A new Direct-Shift 8-Speed Automatic replaces the 6-Speed Super ECT that is only found in V6 powered variants. The debut of the second generation Toyota Safety Sense system is launched with the facelifted Alphard and Vellfire, which are now standard equipment across all variants.