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New Toyota Estima (Toyota Previa) order books open in May – Japan

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Toyota is giving yet another facelift to the Toyota Estima (Toyota Previa) this year, stretching the minivan’s life further ahead in its third generation. A new report from livedoor Blog says that the new facelifted Toyota Estima will become available to pre-order in Japan in May.

As seen in a speculative rendering previously, the front-end of the Toyota Estima will be changed to a great extent with the upcoming facelift. The front-end will be inspired by that of the Toyota Auris which itself received a facelift last year. Inside, the instrument panel may be changed and there may be a 9-inch T-Connect infotainment system with navigation.

There will be a major change in terms of the engine options available. Like earlier reports said, the V6 engine won’t be available post facelift in the Toyota Estima. Only the 2.4-litre 2AZ-FXE four-cylinder engine that produces 125 kW (170 PS/228 hp) and 224 Nm of torque will be available. The hybrid variant will continue being offered. The current Estima Hybrid’s powertrain combines 2AZ-FXE engine producing 110 kW (150 PS/147 hp) and 190 Nm of torque with two electric motors. The 2JM electric motor produces 105 kW (143 PS/141 hp) and 270 Nm of torque, while 2FM electric motor generates 50 kW (68 PS/67 hp) and 130 Nm of torque.