The 2020 Toyota Alphard is now equipped with select Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) features making the best-selling luxury minivan safer than ever. 

TSS is a suite of modern, active safety features designed to assist the drivers and provide greater peace of mind. 

First, there’s the Pre-collision system (PCS) alerts drivers on the possibility of collision, and, depending on the need, assists in prevention of accidents as well.  Sensors and cameras detect the possibility of a collision and reacts with consideration of the driver’s actions. When a possibility of collision is detected, the driver is alerted through beeps and visual warnings. When the possibility of a collision is higher and the driver steps on the brakes, the brake assist system will provide additional pressure as needed.  When an even greater possibility of collisions is detected and the driver did not step on the breaks, automatic brakes will be activated to prevent collision.

Next, the Automatic High Beam (AHB) feature makes it easier to drive at night by intuitively adjusting the headlight’s beam setting.  When high beam setting is in use, the system automatically switches to low beam upon detection of vehicles at a certain distance in front or incoming vehicles on the opposite lane, and revert back to high beam setting once the path is clear.

Cruising is also easier with the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) plus Steering Assist. When activated, the vehicle drives at constant preset speed and will adjust within the set cruise speed when there’s a vehicle in front to maintain appropriate distance. Full speed range following function enables the vehicle to decelerate to 0km/h when the vehicle in front comes to a full stop. While DRCC is active, LTA will keep the vehicle centered when there are clear and visible lane markings on the road. This function applies force on the steering to assist the driver in avoiding lane departure. DRCC is a variation of the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) which is included in the Hiace Super Grandia Elite.

These TSS features, also previously introduced in the 2019 Corolla Altis Hybrid and 2019 Hiace Super Grandia Elite are meant to complement available passive safety features such as seatbelts, airbags, and the vehicle’s impact absorbing structure.

“The Toyota Alphard prides itself in the luxurious first class experience it provides its passengers. Staying true to this image, we have introduced additional features which will further enhance the ride experience and safety of its passengers,” says TMP First Vice President Ms. Cristina Arevalo. 

TSS features function under certain driving and road conditions and should only serve as support to the driver. 

Pricing of the 2020 Alphard is at Php3,910,000 for Steel Blonde Metallic and Raven Black, and Php3,925,000 for the Luxury White Pearl. Retail will start February 18, in Toyota’s 70 dealerships nationwide.

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