By Steve & Tamami Laser; with Nahoko Osuka reporting from Japan
Since their debut in 2001, Toyota has sold more than 1 million units of its popular Noah and Voxy family minivans. To continue the success of this dynamic duo, Toyota has launched the fourth-generation Noah and Voxy models in Japan.
When we had the opportunity to test drive a third generation Voxy Hybrid in Nagoya, we said it was easy to see why families love it: “It’s a cool-looking, remarkably refined, sophisticated, efficient and flexible van.” And now, Toyota has made it even better.
This video, from the Toyota YouTube channel in Japan, provides a closer look at the key new comfort, convenience, safety, and versatility features available in the redesigned Noah and Voxy. (video: Toyota)
Riding on Toyota’s TNGA (GA-C) platform, the new Noah and Voxy offer greater comfort and convenience. Toyota says the Noah is built on the concepts of “majestic, modern, and high quality” combined with “mainstream and aggressive.” While the Voxy adds “leading edge and unique” to its roster of attributes.
“My childhood dream of designing a complete car became a reality!” said Takeo Sowa, Project Chief Designer, Toyota Auto Body. “’Captivating Japanese families’ – keeping this aspiration close to heart, I aimed to create a more practical, comfortable, a more stylish and cooler design. It’s exciting to imagine this car playing an active role in bringing smiles to families.”
Up front, Noah gains a majestically styled grille with a sharp headlight design. Noah S-Z, S-G and Aero models are rewarded with a plated grille. Voxy sports an even bolder look, with a uniquely styled front structure that’s accented at night with lights that glow “mysteriously.”
“Continuing from the previous generation, I also worked on this new model and I just can’t wait to see them around town,” said Koichi Takeda, Exterior Design (Voxy), Toyota Auto Body. “’This is the kind of Voxy I want!’ – with this aspiration at heart, I designed every detail with great dedication.”
“I strove to model a car that touches people’s hearts and also something that I’d want to have, so I fully dedicated myself to this,” said Daisuke Habara, Exterior Model Leader, Toyota Auto Body. “On my days off, I enjoy going to the mountains and the sea, so it was exciting to sculpt, getting inspiration from the amazing shapes created by mother nature. Seeing the actual car that I shaped is overwhelming and I hope to share this excitement with everyone.”
Toyota says that successive generations of Noah and Voxy have expanded upon a powerful boxlike structure with maximization of cabin space. The new models are said to be “reborn as everybody’s minivans,” to “provoke a deeper sense of happiness that only minivans can offer.”
Noah and Voxy are offered with a new generation series-parallel hybrid powertrain with front- or new E-Four all-wheel drive, featuring a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, with increased motor and battery output, and improved efficiency.
E-Four expands operating range, transferring more torque to the rear wheels. Also available is a non-hybrid 2.0-liter Dynamic Force engine with Direct-Shift CVT and 10-speed Sport Sequential Shiftmatic.
Available second-row captain’s chairs enhance comfort and convenience for seven-passenger models, with ottoman footrests, heated seats, and folding side tables. Low-profile third-row seats include ultra-long straight-sliding capability for increased flexibility. Eight-passenger models feature a three-passenger 60/40-split tip-up second row.
“The first new car that I bought was the Noah, so I felt emotionally attached to this project,” said Miha Yamamoto, Color Design, Toyota Auto Body. “Through trial and error, I searched for the color that ‘I really wanted to create.’ Imagining where it would look best, asking workmates their color preferences, creating colors that appeal to my senses, producing the subtle nuances…the days were hectic. But the feeling of achievement is second to none! Putting some colorful vibes to the city with this car felt awesome.”
Models with power sliding doors provide easier access with a universal step on the passenger’s side that automatically extends and retracts below the door, while hand grips have been mounted to the B-pillars on both sides of the van. Available handsfree dual-power sliding doors let users open and close the doors by placing a foot under the sensors. Meanwhile, the new free-stop tailgate can be stopped at any angle by pushing on the gate.
Advanced Drive is among the new functions in a suite of advanced driving support technologies within Toyota Teammate. This supports detection, judgement, and operation, helping to reduce driver fatigue in traffic congestion under certain conditions, on motor-vehicle-only roadways, when Radar Cruise Control and Lane Tracing assist are activated.
Advanced Park, with remote function, expands support during parallel parking. Hybrid models allow drivers who are carrying a smart key to remotely park the vehicle, or leave a parking space, from outside the vehicle, using a smartphone with a special app installed.
Display Audio systems include an 8-inch display with Connected Navigation support, and a 10.5-inch display with onboard navigation and available T-Connect services. An in-vehicle WiFi hotspot with DCM enables data transfer for smartphones, game devices, and other devices connected to the internet.
Available Toyota Safety Sense features include a Pre-collision Safety System, Proactive Driving Assist, Lane Change Assist, Front Cross-Traffic Alert, Safe Exit Assist, and Plus Support.
Toyota’s projected base sales volume calls for 8,100 units per month for the Noah, and 5,400 units per month for the Voxy. The new models are manufactured at the Fujimatsu Plant, Toyota Auto Body Co., Ltd., and the Motomachi Plant, Toyota Motor Corp.
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) in Japan run from ¥2,670,000 (about $23,100) for the base Noah X 2.0L with front-drive, to ¥3,960,000 (about $34,200) for the Voxy S-Z Hybrid with E-Four.
For more information visit the Toyota consumer website in Japan
Note: Features, specifications and prices for Japan market models are subject to change without notice. MSRPs include consumption tax but do not include insurance premium, recycling fees, other taxes, or costs related to vehicle registration in Japan. (Prices are different for Hokkaido and Okinawa.)
News source, photos, and video courtesy of Toyota Motor Corp.
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