Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has announced that the 2020 update of the Toyota Alphard will feature the brand’s safety features, the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS).
The TSS is a suite of modern, active safety features designed to assist the driver and provide greater peace of mind. These TSS features were previously introduced in the 2019 Corolla Altis Hybrid and the 2019 Hiace Super Grandia Elite. The TSS is also just meant to complement available passive safety features such as seatbelts, airbags, and the vehicle’s impact-absorbing structure.
“The Toyota Alphard prides itself on the luxurious first-class experience it provides its passengers. Staying true to this image, we have introduced additional features that will further enhance the ride experience and safety of its passengers,” says TMP first vice president Cristina Arevalo.
Pre-collision system (PCS) alerts drivers on the possibility of collision, and, depending on the need, assists in the prevention of accidents as well. It works by using sensors and cameras to detect the possibility of a collision and reacts with consideration of the driver’s actions. When the possibility of a collision is detected, the driver is alerted through beeps and visual warnings. When the possibility of a collision is high and the driver steps on the brakes, the brake assist system will provide additional pressure as needed. If there is an even greater possibility of collision is detected and the driver did not step on the breaks, automatic brakes will be activated to prevent it.
Another neat feature of the TSS is the Automatic High Beam (AHB) which makes it easier to drive at night by intuitively adjusting the headlight’s beam setting. When the high beam setting is used, the system automatically switches to low beam upon detection of vehicles at a certain distance in front or at the opposite lane, and revert back to high beam setting once the path is clear.
Cruising is also safer and easier with the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) plus Steering Assist. When these are activated, the vehicle drives at a constant preset speed and will adjust within the set cruise speed when there’s a vehicle in front to maintain an appropriate distance. Full speed range following function enables the vehicles to decelerate to 0 km/h when the vehicle in front comes to a full stop. While the DRCC is active, LTA will keep the vehicle centered when there are clear and visible marking on the road. This function applies force on the steering assist to help the driver in avoiding lane departure. DRCC is a variation of the Adaptive Cruise Control which is included in the High Ace Super Grandia Elite.
TSS features function under certain driving and road conditions and should only serve as support to the driver.
The 2020 Toyota Alphard is priced at PHP 3,910,000 for the steel blonde metallic and raven black color variants, and PHP 3,925,000 for the luxury white pearl color variant. Retail starts Feb. 18, 2020, in all of TMP dealerships nationwide.
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