The Toyota Crown Vellfire is being launched exclusively in China where it joins the Crown Kluger.
The Crown Vellfire minivan is also familiar to us, this is the brother of the Toyota Alphard van, which is also sold in China and Russia. The Crown Vellfire is also produced by FAW Toyota and it also produces a regular van. The only external difference apart from the Crown badge on the grille is the even more aggressive front bumper like the restyled version in Japan.
The interior of the MPV was practically not affected by the reforms even the Toyota badge flaunts on the steering wheel although the logo inside the crossover was nevertheless replaced. As before, the second row can have two separate chairs with retractable footrests.
It is available only as a hybrid with an electrified 2.5 liter gasoline engine offering a combined output of 163 horsepower channeled to the road through a continuously variable transmission. The three row minivan sits on top of the range and retains the Toyota logo on the steering wheel whereas the Crown Kluger gets the distinctive badge. There is also an all wheel drive system version.
Toyota is already accepting orders in China, where it would appear Crown is becoming some sort of a sub brand to denote the most luxurious versions of a model. Over in Japan, the long running Crown sedan is based on the TNGA platform and represents a standalone model.