The outgoing Toyota Sienna is already in its tenth year. While consumer interest towards minivans and MPVs in the US has dwindled due to an unnecessary image problem of being a mom’s car, Toyota is aiming to make minivans cool with the all-new, strikingly-designed Toyota Sienna.
The all-new Toyota Sienna rides on the same TNGA-K platform that underpins the all-new Highlander midsize three-row SUV and all-new Venza midsize five-seater SUV. As a result, Toyota’s popular three-row minivan has a significantly stiffer chassis than its predecessor. The new platform promises to make the Sienna better to drive in terms of handling and ride comfort.
On the exterior, Toyota’s Keen Look design language works extremely well in the all-new Sienna. Toyota says the Sienna’s sleek front fascia is inspired by the Shinkansen bullet train. Slim LED headlights are stretched around the car’s fascia to give it a dynamic appearance. At the sides, the Sienna features a sculpted side profile. A character line gives the impression that the Sienna has muscular haunches. These striking details flow towards the slime LED taillights that feature a black canard for aerodynamic purposes. Suffice to say, the all-new Sienna sheds the boring image that minivans/MPVs usually posses.
Step inside, and the Sienna also features a very striking design motif. A high center console runs all the way to the second-row occupants. This acts as both a design detail that creates a canopy for the front occupants and as a place to store things. Higher trims can even opt for highly-configurable LED ambient lights to give the interior an even more luxurious atmosphere. As standard, the Sienna is available as an eight-seater option with a stowable middle seat for the LE and XLE trims. Some XLE models, as well as the XSE, Limited, and Platinum trims feature a seven-seat arrangement featuring the ‘Super Long Slide’ second-row captain’s chairs. Higher trim Limited and Platinum FWD models are equipped with ottomans like in a Toyota Alphard.
Like the all-new Venza, the all-new Toyota Sienna is only available as a hybrid, which consists of a 2.5-liter inline-4 petrol engine with two electric motors. Called the Toyota Hybrid System II, its total system output is 243 hp. Power is sent through an e-CVT driving the front wheels or through an optional electronic AWD system. With this powertrain, the Sienna is claimed to have an average fuel economy of 33 US MPG (14 km/l).
As with every modern Toyota nowadays, the Venza comes with Toyota Safety Sense as standard, which includes full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with lane tracing, automatic emergency braking, among other features.
Toyota USA will announce pricing and availability for the US-built Sienna at a later date.