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Toyota Alphard (10 series)
The Toyota Alphard was released in Japan in 2002 and has been Japan's best selling people mover for several years. A slightly larger, more luxurious alternative to Toyota's Estima/Tarago, the Alphard features the same 2.4L and 3.0L engines with 4 or later model 5 speed automatic transmission. These engine variants are shared with locally available Camrys, RAV4's, Avalons and Taragos, so parts are readily available.
Features on these models can include:
- Multiple airbags
- ABS brakes
- Traction control
- Brake assist
- Electronic Braking Distribution
- Dual zone climate control
- Dual sunroofs
- Radar cruise control
- Smart key
- Dual power doors
- Front and rear parking cameras
- Cruise control
- Parking sensors
- Lane departure warning system
- Power curtains
- CD player/stacker
- Power folding mirrors
- Keyless entry
- Steering wheel controls
- Sport/soft adjustable suspension
- Multi illumination interior lights
- Front and rear fold down display screen
- Split folding rear chairs
Due to quirks with our import laws the Alphard is only importable if it has wheelchair access/mobility features, however if you want one for regular passenger use this is still possible, with the side lift up chair variants being just like a regular passenger van but with a slightly bulkier base to the seat that is not particularly noticeable.
I want an Alphard to be used as a disability vehicle with a power fold out seat for wheelchair access
In this case there are variants available which feature a powered seat which folds out to wheelchair height outside of the car, and then back into the cabin in a normal seating position. The seat can either be part of the car meaning transfer from a wheelchair to the car seat is necessary, or a wheelchair which is designed to also be the car seat can be used. This power foldout seat can either occupy the front passenger seat (in an 8 seater configuration) or as the second row passenger side seat, in a 7 seater configuration.
I want an Alphard to be used as a disability vehicle with a sloped ramp for wheelchair access
The factory Alphard sloper vehicles allow wheelchair access via the rear of the car with a power fold out ramp, and the rear suspension of the vehicle lowers on suspension airbags to reduce the ramp angle. Access from the rear can either be to the second row, passenger side seat's position where the wheel chair can then be locked in place, or the wheelchair can take the position where the third row of seats normally rests. With the ramp folded away the third row of seats can be folded down and used as per normal.
Any 2.4L or 3.0L model with factory (Toyota option) disability features are importable with either a front left side lifting chair, second row left side lifting chair, or folding "sloper" rear ramp access, with air suspension to ease the wheel chair ramp angle of access.