Toyota began selling the second generation of the Toyota Wish compact minivan today. A more aggressive look does not bring much more power, but at least it doesn't look as much like a minivan.
Toyota put the new Toyota Wish minivan on showroom floors in Japan today, marking the first change to the Wish line since the 2005 facelift. The compact seven-seater will hit Toyota's domestic market with force, as the company expects to sell nearly 6,000 units every month.
The six different trims are available with one of two engines. With the ultra-efficient base unit, the customer gets a 1.8-liter engine that pulls the car for 16 kilometers per liter of fuel (6.25l/100km). It comes standard as a front-wheel-drive, but can be upgraded with either a more responsive CVT Sport Mode, four-wheel drive, or both.
Not enough power for your family? You can also step up to a 2.0-liter engine which is available with Dynamic Sport Mode. DSM uses traction control and electric power steering to give better responsiveness. Unfortunately, with this option you lose one seat, but at least you will still feel like a man when you plow through corners with five whiny kids in the car complaining about Dora the Explorer's new look.
On the contrary, the driver can pick the included Eco Drive Mode, which saves energy by reducing the power sent to the air conditioner, and optimizes use of the accelerator. This comes with indicators that tell the driver when he or she is driving efficiently.
Although engine choices do not particularly differ from the last generation, several physical upgrades have been made both in and out. Exterior changes include stronger front bumpers, redesigned lighting, front pillars that have been brought to the front, new color choices, and an all-around sportier stance. Improvements inside include a trunk space that has been widened by 95mm, titanium or silver finish around the center console, better ergonomics, and increased legroom.
Prices on the second generation Toyota Wish begin at ¥1,840,000 ($18,482), including consumption tax. Once you start adding options, the price easily tops ¥2,300,000 ($23,102).