Automakers, including Toyota, are concerned about the sales evolution of minivans intended mainly in Japan. On March 15, 2021, bestcarweb.jp published a report that suggests a bleak future for minivans because of the declining birthrate and aging population. In the near- to mid-term future, this may lead to companies reducing minivan variants, and in some cases, discontinuation.
In 2020, TMC reportedly sold 69,517 units of the Toyota Voxy, 45,434 units of the Noah, and 26,368 units of the Esquire. Combined, that’s an adequate number to remain in the segment, but it’s no longer feasible for three similar models, as per Japanese reports. In this article, we examine the future of the Toyota Voxy and Toyota Noah.
Toyota minivan line-up in 2021
MPVs may be deemed boring in this side of the world, but they are still a thing in Japan, to the extent that manufacturers have the motivation to release cosmetic versions as separate models. As a result, derivatives of the same MPV typically feature a distinctive character that appeals to different types of customers.
The Toyota Noah has had a fancier alternative called Toyota Voxy that offers edgier and sportier design and a higher road presence. The third-gen Noah and Voxy debuted in January 2014, and the Toyota Esquire “deluxe minivan” followed that October. The new model was aimed at Japanese customers seeking an elegant design. Each of the three MPVs was sold via a separate sales channel: Voxy at Netz showrooms, Noah at Toyota Corolla dealerships, and Esquire at Toyota and Toyopet outlets.
Toyota is making changes, and since May 2020, it has offered the models via every sales channel available. Japanese reports were previously of the view that the company may not renew all three models for the next generation and may offer different front fascias and styling instead of separate models. However, the latest reports suggest that Toyota has reconsidered.
Toyota could permanently discontinue the Esquire, as it has announced only a next-gen range for the Noah and Voxy. This was coming, as citing a Mag-X report, the Japanese blog creative311.com reported on July 27, 2021, that Toyota is likely to discontinue the Esquire.
2022 Toyota Voxy/Noah Design
The next-gen Toyota Noah and next-gen Toyota Voxy, like their predecessors, feature a powerful and sophisticated design. Fascias will convey a dominating character, with a huge grille, aggressively designed headlamps, and a prominent bumper.
The 2022 Toyota Voxy features chunky horizontal grille bars, while the 2022 Voxy sports a gloss black honeycomb grille. The former will flaunt slimmer, three-eyed LED headlights. The all-new Voxy will have split headlamps with thin LED DRLs mounted on the top and three-element main lamps positioned in the upper corners of the grille. The bumper of both models, although designed uniquely, feature vertical C-shaped outer ends to complement the sporty look of the lamps. The 2022 Voxy’s piece shimmers with chrome trim on the sides.
Leaked images and recent spy videos of the 2022 Noah’s brochure (via creative311.com) have revealed more about its exterior. The new-generation model will feature a Toyota logo instead of the ’N (Noah)’ logo at the front. The beltline starts straight and rises from behind the C-pillar, and it keeps rising all the way till the D-pillar. Another visual change on the sides is slimmer mirrors. A new Red Mica Metallic exterior colour option has gotten the attention of the web, as that’s a rare color in a minivan.
At the rear, Toyota has applied wider tail lamps that flow further onto the shoulders like on the third-gen Alphard. The tail lamps probably have a tall vertical section extending all the way up to the roof in a signature fashion, but Toyota has masked that area not to spill the beans. Up top, there’s a new shark fin antenna on the next-gen model.
As for the interior, the 2022 Noah and 2022 Voxy will feature a redesigned dashboard, new, vertical side AC vents, and a new steering wheel with a compact centre pad. A fully digital instrument cluster is unlikely to be available, even though these will be models going on sale in 2022. Toyota will offer configurations with wheelchair compatibility.
The Toyota Voxy/Noah would adopt the TNGA platform when moving to its fourth generation. The next-gen Voxy/Noah could measure 4,695 mm in length, 1,730 mm in width (an increment of 35 mm), and 1,895 mm in height (an increment of 70 mm), as per a report bestcarweb.jp published on November 19, 2021. A newly developed 1.8-liter hybrid engine will be available in the all-new model, and a 4WD drivetrain layout option will be available in the hybrid variant, it is reported.
Projector LED headlamps, LED front fog lamps, power sliding doors with one-touch switch, universal step, and power tailgate will be among the main exterior features, as per a report on creative311.com. Interior highlights will include a 10.5-inch HD touchscreen, color head-up display, infotainment system, digital IRVM, dual-zone automatic climate control, and USB Type-C charging ports.
On the safety front, available equipment will include a panoramic view monitor with a see-through function, driver monitoring camera, Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), Active Steering Assist, Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA), Lane Change Assist (LCA), etc. More details are available on creative311.com.
2022 Toyota Voxy/Noah Release date
In the report it published on December 7, 2021, bestcarweb.jp said that Toyota will launch the all-new minivans on January 13, 2022. Toyota has distributed sales manuals to dealers nationwide, and they are in touch with prospective customers about the product/launch. The hybrid will go on sale about three weeks after the gasoline variant. The Esquire’s production has ended, and sales will cease in December 2021, suggests bestcarweb.jp, in a report published on November 19, 2021.
On November 20, 2021, creative311.com said that production of the all-new Noah/Voxy’s gasoline variant will begin on January 6, 2022. The hybrid variant will roll out on January 27, 2022. It also says that the prices of the next-gen Noah and next-gen Voxy will start at JPY 2.67 million (USD 23,488) and JPY 3.09 million (USD 27,183), respectively. Toyota will offer the former in a sportier version with an aero body kit, too, and that version’s prices will start at JPY 3.04 million (USD 26,743).
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