Toyota Adds Hybrid Minivans In Japan

Toyota has provided more details on its forthcoming Voxy and Noah minivans in Japan, moving them from concepts at the recent Tokyo Motor Show to fully redesigned 2014 models. Included in these updates are more details on the hybrid drivetrain option, which is scheduled for release in mid-February.

With regards to the hybrid offering, Toyota said the Voxy and Noah will share in a 2ZR-FXE 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle combustion engine and “a class-first full hybrid system (THS II with reduction gear)” that is “evolved and matured from the third-generation Prius.” This system gives the vehicles a fuel economy of 23.8 km/L and CO2 emissions of 98 g/km under the MLIT JC08 test cycle. The nickel-metal hydride battery that helps power it is located under the front seat, which helps create more cargo space in the back of the minivans.

image via Toyota

image via Toyota

As we mentioned back in November, what separates these two vehicles are mostly looks, as seating capacity is pretty much the same for both. The front view of the Noah “presents sophistication as a compact minivan, while the Voxy employs exclusive aerodynamic parts to emphasize the low center of gravity, impressive wide-body, and the overwhelming sense of presence.”

Both the Noah and Voxy are said to come with a range of “comfort-enhancing features” typical of minivans. For these two models, this includes “ultra-long sliding Captain Seats with an 810-mm sliding range in the second row―a first for its class―in a combination with side-sliding mechanism and one-touch folding third-row seats, an Intelligent Parking Assist system with Easy Set that assists with parking by automatically recognizing the location of parking space lines, a wide-angle color backup guide monitor that expands the viewing angle of rear cameras to approximately 180 degrees, a one-touch electric sliding door with dual easy-closing mechanisms, and a wireless charger for charging smartphones and other mobile devices. ”

At this point it is unlikely we will ever see these models here in the United States.

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