Here’s another car that is hard to miss at the 2017 Gakindo International Auto Show – the third-generation Toyota Voxy facelift. Positioned above the Sienta, the Voxy is a budget version of the premium Alphard and Vellfire. Our neighbours in Indonesia gets only one variant of the Voxy and is priced at IDR446 million (RM143k).

Dimension wise, the Voxy is marginally smaller than Alphard/Vellfire duo measuring at 4,710 mm in length, 1,735 mm in width, 1,835 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,850 mm. Motivation is courtesy of a 3ZR-FAE 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder mated to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) developing 150 hp and 193 Nm of torque, driving the front wheels.

Up front, the Voxy is a carbon copy of the sportier Vellfire thanks to the standard Aero package. At the rear, it’s a different story from its premium sibling. The Voxy gets a much larger rear windscreen design with vertical taillamps, giving it a much more utilitarian vibe. Other equipment in horizontal grilles, slim headlamps, fog lamps and 16-inch alloys wrapped in 205/60 profile tyres.

Inside, the cabin architecture reminisces the Vellfire and Alphard, in a very good way. Standard items include Optitron speedometer, Multi-Information Display, keyless start, all four auto powered windows, triple-zone automatic climate control, manual rear sunshades, touchscreen infotainment system, reverse camera, dual powered sliding door, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control and double moonroof. With options like those, the Voxy is basically an Alphard, sans the premium touch.

It’s also properly equipped on the safety front. As standard the Voxy gets seven airbags (driver knee), Vehicle Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Emergency Brake Signal among others. All these for RM143k? Why aren’t we getting this?!


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Adrian Chia
He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.