Toyota Reveals A Pair Of Cool JDM Minivans

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Sadly, the boxy duo is for Japan only.

For US consumers, there are a number of minivans available. The Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Pacifica spring to mind but measuring at 203.7 and 204.3 inches respectively, they're not exactly 'mini.'

With their limited space and tax incentives for buying small, the Japanese have always been the kings of producing small, quirky, and desirable cars that, sadly, never make their way to the United States. We recently reported on the latest JDM vans from Honda and now rival Toyota has revealed their updated alternatives.

The curiously named Noah and Voxy have been available since late 2001, their compact size and practicality a hit with Japanese families. Both feature sliding doors and plenty of space for passengers and their luggage. Now in their fourth generation, the pair are underpinned by the brand's TNGA (GA-C) platform but appeal to a different set of customers.

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Toyota says the Noah is built around the concepts of "majesty, modern, and high quality" while the more striking Voxy goes for "leading edge and unique".

A great model line-up enhancement is the Welcab models; assisted mobility vehicles offering wheelchair-adapted configurations.

Offered as a seven- or eight-seater, the former boasts captain's chairs in the second row, with footrests and seat heaters. Folding side tables are also included, making this one practical minivan. Eight-seaters eschew this for a three-person bench seat, with a 60/40 split-fold.

Both the Noah and Voxy are equipped with power sliding doors, which feature a nifty 'universal step', essentially a deployable running board with a tread height of eight inches to aid ingress and egress. Optionally, the minivans are available with automatic opening and closing doors, requiring the user to place their foot under the sensor - a practical trick if your hands are full.

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Noah and Voxy minivans are equipped with Toyota's Safety Sense system, which includes lane change assist, front cross-traffic alert, and proactive driving assist, among other things. Two powertrains will be offered; a 1.8-liter four-cylinder hybrid which promises 23.4 km/liter (55 mpg) and sends its power through a four-wheel-drive system.

The other option, a more conventional 2.0-liter gasoline engine is mated to a CVT gearbox and is capable of achieving a claimed 15.1 km/liter (35.5 mpg). While it's highly unlikely that this funky pair of minivans would ever make it stateside, it would be great to see a left-field, compact offering for the car-loving family guy or gal who doesn't want an SUV or large minivan.

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