Toyota unveils revised 2021 Toyota Sienna.
Big news from Toyota on this holiday Monday in Canada, as the Japanese automaker introduced two major products for 2021. The redesigned new generation of the Sienna minivan just made a virtual premiere, as did the Venza Venza which makes its big comeback.
Normally, of course, Auto123 would have been on hand to witness the unveiling of the two vehicles in person, but the pandemic decided otherwise. It is therefore in the comfort of our homes that we were treated to their virtual presentation. Something to get used to…
Also check out our report on the unveiling of the 2021 Toyota Venza.
The Sienna minivan was ripe for an overhaul, as it last received a serious overhaul 10 years ago.
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Aesthetically speaking, the designers of the company were not satisfied with a simple update. Every aspect has been revisited, and in an aggressive way. Up front, the goal was to make the model look like an SUV, although at first glance we’re not sure how successful that turned out. The company mentions that design inspiration for the new Sienna came from the Shinkansen bullet trains that criss-cross Japan.
We will not deny that the profile view of the new Sienna is improved; the same goes for the rear view. The company’s approach is understandable, given that minivans aren’t nearly as popular as they once were; to bring them back to the fight, we had to innovate.
In fact, this innovation is clearly visible inside, starting with the center console, called the Bridge Console – which, as its name suggests, bridges the gap between the dashboard and the base. Its tilt makes it easy to access and underneath is ample storage space for items like handbags.
In the rear, when the model is equipped with captain’s chairs (optional on XLE, and standard on XSE, Limited and Platinum), these offer a sliding adjustment that allows a clearance of 25 inches for freedom maximum movement. Otherwise, the interior configuration is 8-passenger with the LE and XLE models.
Other notable features include foot-sliding side-opening sliding doors and the ability to enjoy an on-board refrigerator.
Of course, when it comes to safety, it’s all there with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 safety package. The blind spot monitoring system is even standard on all variants. The same goes for connectivity, where everything you need to connect your digital life to your vehicle is there.
All-wheel drive is available as an option with every variant, which is music to the ears of Canadian motorists. Even better, it will work with a hybrid system, since the rear wheels are powered by an electric motor. And speaking of which, each variant of the new Sienna will be hybrid thanks to the work of a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine combined with two electric motors, for a total power of 243 hp. Toyota estimates average fuel consumption at 7.1 L/100 km with the powertrain.
We hope to soon have the opportunity to test the model, which is expected in dealerships just before the end of this year.
Pictures of the 2021 Toyota Sienna