The name Alphard derives from the brightest star in Hydra constellation. The word originates from Arabic means the lonely one. The name fits well with the Toyota Alphard produced for the first time in 2002 specifically designed from the Japanese domestic market.
The luxury car became very popular that Toyota then sold the brand in other Asian countries including in Indonesia. The 2002 Alphard did not enter Indonesia through Toyota official dealers instead Independent Importer imported the car either directly from Japan or through Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia. Only in 2008 Toyota Astra as the Indonesian authorized Toyota dealer started to officially sell the car to the public.
In Indonesia Toyota Alphard is the minivan car of choice for the upper class, just like the Toyota Innova for the normal people. A lot of Indonesia well off families was buying the car even without sufficient spare parts support from the car maker.
It is estimated that the more than 3000 units Toyota Alphard were sold in Indonesia in the 2010.
In 2008 the new variant of Alphard called the Vellfire was introduced. The name is coined from “velvet” and “fire” to emphasize the vehicle’s “cool” and “passionate” characteristics. While the exterior of the Alphard emphasizes elegance and refinement, the exterior of Vellfire is more of power and innovation.
The Alphard front has a “V” shaped line stretching from the front pillars to the bumper with an elongated large headlights and the dynamic horizontal bar grille while at the rear a “V”-shaped-line running from the rear pillars with a solid bumper.
The Vellfire on the other hand has a stepped headlights and a horizontally accentuated grille that create a distinct impression, while the front mask, which emphasizes the lines flowing to the sides. At the rear the combination taillights adopt a stepped design using LEDs and clear lenses for a slick appearance.
The seating position of both vehicles is the same. The front seat is fitted with a preset driving position system allowing the position of the driver’s seat and door mirror to be adjusted to a preset position at the touch of a button. Meanwhile, comfortable heated seats, as well as a power footrest and 4-way power seat for the front passenger position, are among the features that contribute to passenger amenity and comfort.
Executive Power Seats available for the second row enhance passenger comfort and relaxation by offering large footrests fitted to the back of the seats in front, power leg rests, as well as large headrests and armrests.
Third-row seats feature an extra-space-creating mechanism that makes it substantially easier to fold away the seats and The long slide and reclining features of the rear seats make a wider variety of seat arrangements possible, while the second-row tip-up mechanism and the extra-space mechanism of the third row ensure ample luggage space.
The sound system is a Toyota Premium Sound System which has a total of 18 speakers for high-quality sound as well as superb acoustics for the whole cabin. The diaphragms of the front speakers are made of a bamboo fiber material for clearer sound reproduction and a rear-seat entertainment system, allowing independent sound control for the rear seats and also featuring a large 9-inch Video Graphics Array monitor screen activated by wireless remote control.
The 2.4-liter, front-wheel-drive models boast a fuel efficiency of 11.6km/l in the 10-15 test cycle outlined by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) with CO2 emissions under the test cycle just 200g/km, achieving fuel efficiency that exceeds by 25% the level called for by the Japanese 2010 standards.
In Indonesia there are three variant of Alphard available 3.5G, 2.4G and 2.4X with 6 color options.
The current prices for Alphard are
- 3.5 G – Rp. 1,034,500,000
- 2.4 G – Rp. 833,300,000
- 2.4 X – Rp. 688,100,000
Seven SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) airbags, including an SRS side airbag for the driver and front passenger, SRS curtain shield airbags that cover the front and rear seats and an SRS knee airbag for the driver, are standard on all vehicles in the two series.