Toyota Estima

The Toyota Previa, also known as the Toyota Estima in Japan and the Toyota Tarago in Australia, is an MPV or multi-purpose vehicle (known as a minivan in North America) produced by Toyota Motor Corporation since 1990.



The third generation was introduced in 2006 in the Japanese and Australian markets as Estima and Tarago, respectively, and as the Previa elsewhere. Features include an available second-generation Hybrid Synergy Drive drivetrain, automatic parallel and back-in parking, track-mounted second row reclining seats with footrests, and power-folding split third row seats. It was facelifted in 2009.G-BOOK was added to the list of optional features.

The second generation Estima Hybrid, currently only sold in Japan and Hong Kong, uses a drivetrain very similar to the Lexus RX400h with 3 electric motors - 2 for front-wheel drive (HSD) plus one for rear wheel drive.

As with the previous generation, the Australian version of the automobile continued to use a 2.4LI4 engine. In February 2007, a 3.5L V6 engine ( 202 kW (271 hp), 340 N·m (250 ft·lbf) torque) became available in order for the automobile to remain competitive against its main rivals in Australia, the Honda Odyssey, Kia Carnival and the Hyundai iMax. The 2.4L engine was widely criticized for lacking torque.

Some of the markets such as Hong Kong and Taiwan announced the V6 Previa 3.5L in January 2007.

The Previa continues to be excluded from North America as the locally-produced Sienna occupies that market.

Notable about this generation was its absence in Europe. No explanation was given about it, but it may have been because of relatively poor sales compared to its competitors. In many parts of the continent, the price setter in this segment has, since the late 1990s, been a joint venture vehicle produced in Portugal by Ford and Volkswagen. By 2004 this vehicle was coming to the end of its model life and run-out versions were heavily discounted. Competitors found themselves responding to the discounts or losing market share. In European markets Toyota branded vehicles often achieve a price premium, but scope for this is not unlimited. Ford’s replacement Galaxy, launched in 2006, was also aggressively priced, which offers one clue as to why Toyota ended Previa sales in Europe, where healthier margins are available on smaller slightly nimbler minivans and in the still hugely lucrative luxury four wheel drive segment.





Production: 2006–2011
Layout : FF layout
Engine(s): 2.4 L 2AZ-FE I4
3.5 L 2GR-FE V6
Transmission(s): 4-speed automatic
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 2,950 mm (116.1 in)
Length : 4,795 mm (188.8 in)
Width : 1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Height : 1,750 mm (68.9 in)
Curb weight : 1,845 kg (4,067.5 lb)

PRICE: $35300 approx

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