The favorite minivan from Japanese carmaker Toyota – the third generation Sienna – is making its debut. The latest generation of the Sienna minivan – known for providing comfortable yet efficient solution for moving people and cargo – was unveiled during a media conference at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto show.
To better serve its role as an effective people-cargo mover, the new Sienna underwent a transformation and became more expressive and more dynamic. Now, the Toyota minivan dons a stronger profile and high shoulder characteristic and boasts of a more responsive handling.
In fact, the latest-generation Sienna can be mistaken for a sedan with its looks, comfort ride and handling capability. However, it still successfully retains its cargo- and load-handling capabilities. Thus, the Sienna is a minivan that satisfies both the driving and cargo needs of consumers.
When it becomes available, the Sienna can be purchased in different versions including a sporty SE and a four-cylinder powertrain. Also, customers can choose to avail of the all-wheel-drive option, which makes the Sienna the only minivan to offer such system.
Customers can choose from any of the five available grades, all featuring the same unique visual direction.
Sporting a more sophisticated aggressive design, the Sienna is afforded with distinctive window shapes. Designers of the Sienna collaborated closely with Toyota engineers to create a wide and high shoulder to help conceal the door slider within the window graphic.
Thanks to its high shoulder as well as unique fender flares, Sienna’s wheels are visually emphasized. On the front, Sienna features an aggressive and confident face marked by headlamps that are angled higher than the grille.
Meanwhile, the Sienna distances itself away from conventional box shapes of minivans by featuring a well-sculptured rear corner that surrounds its elegant LED taillights. On the other hand, the Sienna minivan features an interior that is both elegant and functional.
For those wanting a Sienna minivan with sportier looks and performance, they could opt for the new SE grade. Among all five grades of the Sienna, the SE has the most aggressive front looks and is equipped with a lower side profile.
Its standard 19-inch alloy wheels are particularly tuned for sportier handling and have benefited from aerodynamic sculpting. One of the distinguishing features of the SE is its prominent smoked tail lamps. Likewise, the Sienna SE sits on a sport-tuned suspension for faster feedback and better handling. Among all grades, SE is unique as it has its own exclusive instrumentation and distinct interior colors and trim.