Toyota introduces the new generation of its van duo Noah and Voxy. The family friends present an unusual design and many practical details.
What have we discussed over the past few years about those oversized radiator grilles that BMW serves us as the new brand face in many of its new models?! In this context, polarizing and controversial are still harmless words to describe the design elements and the resulting debates. Other manufacturers are even wilder when it comes to radiator grilles. Any examples? How about the Voyah Dreamer offered in China? Or with Toyota's van duo Noah and Voxy, whose new generation is just being introduced in Japan?
It all started in 2001 with the series in an optically harmless way. Only the third generation, introduced in 2014, raised the bar to a considerable level in terms of grilling, which Noah and Voxy number four now easily top. However, the front views are different: the Noah has three massive crossbars in its mighty front apron, while the Voxy is equipped with filigree slats that end in a wavy honeycomb pattern on the sides. The shape of the lights is also different: on the Noah they are made in one piece, while the Voxy has extremely narrow slits in the upper area and a separate light unit underneath.
Typical minivan design from the A-pillar
The lines of the rest of the body, on the other hand, belong in the "minivan standard" category: Short bonnet, far forward passenger cell, lots of sheet metal around the wheels. For a better all-round view at the front, the triangular windows there are lavishly dimensioned. The only design gimmick on the flanks are curved upper and lower borders of the rear side windows, under which the rails of the electric sliding doors are clearly positioned. At the rear, which is shielded by a roof spoiler, the lights in particular catch the eye. They also differ slightly on the Noah from those on the Voxy.
Toyota's TNGA platform in the GA-C version serves as the technical basis for the two vans. It takes on either the hybrid drive typical of the brand, which works with a 1.8-liter petrol engine and achieves a system output of 140 hp. As an alternative, Toyota offers a 2.0-liter engine, which, however, has to do without electric support and transmits its power of 170 hp to the front wheels via a CVT transmission. Optionally, both the Noah and the Voxy drive all wheels.
Depending on the interior configuration, the Toyota Noah and Voxy come as seven or eight-seaters. In the second row, the former has two captain's chairs with leg rests and folding tables instead of a three-seater bench that can be folded down in a 60:40 ratio.The rear seats, which can be moved within a range of 70 to 75 centimetres, create additional variability. Compared to the predecessor, the interior should have grown further and have more usable shelves. The same applies to the luggage compartment, under which the interior engineers have accommodated a 104 liter extra compartment. The tailgate is particularly cleverly designed: it can be locked at any angle, which is helpful, for example, when there is little space behind the car.
The cockpit has a decidedly simple design and offers digital instruments as well as an extra control bar for the air conditioning, which is housed between the central touchscreen and the center console, which is set up. The former is either eight or 10.5 inches tall, the latter carries the automatic selector lever. A WLAN interface is mandatory in Toyota vans, and software updates are available over-the-air.
Extensive safety package
Like almost every Toyota model now, the new Noah and Voxy also come with an extensively equipped Safety Sense package. In addition to cars, the forward-facing collision avoidance also recognizes people, bicycles and motorbikes and keeps an eye on the surroundings even when turning. In addition, there is a proactive driving assistant that anticipates the behavior of other road users and takes appropriate evasive action. There is also a lane change, traffic jam and automatic parking assistant, the latter of which can be commanded via smartphone, as well as a front cross traffic warning, a head-up display and many other features, some of which are subject to a surcharge.
In contrast to the European markets, the minivan segment is by no means dead in Japan. Toyota still expects monthly sales figures of 8,100 (Noah) and 5,400 units (Voxy). Production has already started at the Fujimatsu and Motomachi plants. Prices vary between 2.67 million yen (currently the equivalent of 20,430 euros) for the Noah base model X and 3,960,000 yen (30,300 euros).
Toyota's van duo Noah and Voxy are actually as voracious as their front ends suggest. If necessary, it swallows up to eight people and their luggage. At the same time, the available hybrid drive should ensure less thirst. However, all of this only benefits Japanese customers.