After 7 years, Toyota Alphard and Vellfire removed from UMWT site, signs of new gen 2023 model coming?
Eric · Jan 27, 2023 01:51 PM
Surprising as it may sound, but UMW Toyota Motor, the official distributor of Toyota vehicles in Malaysia has quietly removed the Toyota Alphard from its website. The Alphard's sibling mode, the Vellfire has also been axed.
UMWT began offering local specifications version of the Toyota Alphard since 2014 with the AH20-generation model. Subsequently in 2016, UMWT launched the then-new AH30-generation Alphard and Vellfire duo.
Now, roughly 7 years later and both luxury MPVs have been removed from UMWT’s site.
Despite being almost 8 years old, both the Alphard and Vellfire are still very popular MPVs in Japan and buyers there have to wait quite a while before getting the keys to their new MPV.
That said, Toyota has ceased order taking of the outgoing Alphard and Vellfire models and is working hard to clear its backlog orders. It's reasonable to believe that the same reasoning is extended to Malaysia, as the models are imported (CBU) from Japan.
On top of that, rumours from Japan have mentioned that Toyota is already working on the next-generation 2023 Toyota Alphard, slated to arrive as soon as May. Whether or not the next-gen Alphard can arrive in Malaysia before 2023 ends remains to be seen.
Japanese publication Creative311 also mentioned that the next-gen Alphard may not offer the outgoing model's naturally-aspirated 3.5-litre V6, adopting a range of petrol-electric hybrids and a turbocharged mill instead.
Before it was discontinued in Malaysia, the Toyota Alphard was priced from RM 464,000, while the Vellfire went for RM 382,300.