Toyota has unraveled its latest offerings: the new Alphard/ Vellfire luxury Multi-Purpose Vehicles in Japan. These premium minivans are popular for family commuting and upscale passenger transport. The new Alphard/Vellfire launched from 2023 July, represents Toyota’s pinnacle in luxury and performance. Positioned as the luxury-oriented sibling, the Alphard, along with its sportier counterpart, the Vellfire, incorporates Toyota’s latest engine advancements and cutting-edge technologies.

We will explore the ins and outs of the new Alphard/Vellfire launched from 2023 July.


Features of New Alphard/Vellfire Launched From 2023 July

Some of the distinct features of Toyota’s new Alphard/Vellfire generation are:

The Toyota Alphard is available in multiple variants like grade Z and executive lounge with slightly varying features and prices.




To fit the automated parking system in Japan, the new Alphard/Vellfire follows the footprints of their older versions. Specifically, the new minivans are 196.7 inches long, 72.8 inches in width, and 76.6 inches in height. They also boast a spacious wheelbase of 3,000 mm (118.1 inches).


Both models share the same interior design, with a three-row layout accommodating six passengers in comfort and luxury. The new Alphard/Vellfire launched in 2023 July has increased space of 5 mm between the first and subsequent row seats. Not only that but a further 10 mm space is provided amidst the second and third-row seating.

Moving to the second row, you’ll find captain seats that are equipped with Ottoman leg rests, a feature also present on the front passenger seat.

The Toyota Alphard is available in various grades, each offering distinct powertrain options and features. The entry-level “Z” grade comes with a 2.5-liter gasoline engine (2AR-FE) paired with a Super CVT-i transmission. This grade offers a choice between front-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) drivelines, priced at 5,400,000 JPY and 5,598,000 JPY respectively.

For those seeking enhanced efficiency, the Series Parallel Hybrid System powered by a 2.5-liter engine (A25A-FXS) is available in two configurations; the 2WD and 4WD.

At the pinnacle of luxury, the Executive Lounge grade offers the Series Parallel Hybrid System (A25A-FXS 2.5-liter engine) with the Electric Continuously Variable Transmission.

The Toyota Vellfire “Z Premier” grade is equipped with a 2.4-liter Turbo engine (T24A-FTS) paired with a Direct Shift-8AT transmission. Customers can choose between front-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) drivelines for this grade. For those inclined toward hybrid technology, the Series Parallel Hybrid System powered by a 2.5-liter engine (A25A-FXS) is available. Moreover, the Executive Lounge grade offers the Series Parallel Hybrid System (A25A-FXS 2.5-liter engine) coupled with an Electric Continuously Variable Transmission.

Fuel consumption

In terms of fuel consumption, the different variants of the Toyota Alphard display varying figures. The 2023 Toyota Alphard is reported to have a manufacturer’s claimed fuel consumption of 9.3 liters per 100 kilometers (L/100km). However, the actual results reported by owners indicate a slightly higher consumption rate of 11.6 L/100km. These values provide insight into the real-world fuel efficiency experienced by owners of the 2023 Toyota Alphard.

However, the 2023 Toyota Vellfire exhibits a fuel consumption rate of 8.6 liters per 100 kilometers (L/100km).

Equipment for better hospitality

Super-long overhead console to make things easier for the passengers. Toyota has designed the Overhead console in the center of the ceiling that gathers lights, switches, and air vents. Now, people in any seat can open windows on the other side of the MPV.

Price 6.55 -8.92 Million Yen 5.4 – 8.72 Million Yen
Fuel Gasoline Gasoline
Max Power (HP@RPM) 180 HP @ 6000 RPM 296 HP @ 6600 RPM
Seating Capacity 7 Persons 7 Persons
Body Type MPV MPV
Transmission Type Automatic (CVT) Automatic
Drive Type All Wheel Front/Four Wheel Drove
Capacity (L) 2.5 3.5
Horsepower 178 296
Displacement 2500 cc 3456 cc
Torque 235 Lb-Ft 430 Lb-Ft
No Of Cylinders 4 1
Gear/Speed 8
Curb Weight 2065 KG 2135 KG
Valve Mechanism DOHC DOHC
Cylinder Configuration In-Line In-Line
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Injection
Mileage Highway 8km/Liter 8km/Liter
Mileage City 6km/Liter 6km/Liter
Top Speed 180km/H 180km/H
Suspension Front: McPherson Strut Coil Springs

Rear: Double Wishbone

Front: McPherson Strut Coil Springs

Rear: Multi-Link Wishbone

Brakes Front: Ventilated Disc

Rear: Ventilated Disc

Front: Ventilated Disc

Rear: Ventilated Disc

Fuel Tank Capacity 75 L 75 L
Wheel Size 18 In 18 In
Cup Holders No Yes
Heated Seats No Yes
Air Bags 8
Vehicle Stability Control Yes No
Automatic Headlights No Yes

Universal steps

The new Alphard/Vellfire launched in 2023 July has a unique feature – Universal Steps on both sides of their sliding doors. This helps kids and older people get in and out easily. When the doors open, a step comes out automatically about 220 mm above the ground, so it’s not too high for people getting in or out. They also added long grips on the sides and ceiling to grab for support.

Pull-down sunshades

The car’s shades are made better to make the ride better for everyone. For example, the moonroof has separate shades on each section, left and right. So, some people can look at the sky, while others can avoid the sun. And there’s something new: pull-down sunshades on the sides. They help keep out too much sunlight while still allowing you the pleasure of relishing the vista.

Noise minimization

Toyota has done a lot to enhance the car’s tranquility while driving. They made tires that make less noise and put materials in the front of the vehicle to block road sounds. Furthermore, the shape of some outside parts of the car is changed to stop wind noises. The new Alphard/Vellfire launched in 2023 July feels quiet inside, like a peaceful forest.

Improved rigidity and maneuverability

These minivans are built on the GA-K platform, making them more advanced than the last version. A V-shaped brace in the back and straight rockers make it 50% more rigid than the old third-generation.

Shock absorption and reduced vibration

The new models have a particular way they handle bumps on the road. They use a type of front suspension and a different back suspension. Also, the shock absorbers can change how they work based on the road’s roughness. This helps the car drive better and feel more stable. The new Alphard/Vellfire launched in 2023 July will experience 30% less shaking than older models because of the rigid structure and other anti-vibration measures.


The Alphard’s prices start at 5.4 million yen and go up to 8.72 million yen. As for the Vellfire, it’s priced between 6.55 million yen and 8.92 million yen. Toyota also has the Alphard available as a Welcab assisted mobility vehicle, with prices ranging from 4.72 million to 5.648 million yen.

Superior Minivan: The Toyota Alphard or the Vellfire?

The latest iteration of the Toyota Alphard features a V6 engine and an automatic transmission, producing 300 PS and 361 Nm of torque. This combination is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, ensuring smooth and effortless acceleration.

Considering the performance, riding comfort, space, fuel economy, price, quality, and features, we will say Alphard is a superior option amongst the two.