Thursday, August 20, 2009

Toyota Alphard MZ/MZG Model

The MZ/MZG are high specification model of the 1st Gen Toyota Alphard and both are 3.0L engine model.

The MZ has cloth seats while the MZG comes standard with leather seats. The cloth in the MZ has a slightly different texture from those cloth used in the AX and MX model. The photo below shows the cloth used in the MZ (left) compared those used on the AX/MX model (right)

The MZ model comes in either 7-seaters or 8-seaters arrangement. It has wood panel on the centre console, the left and right side of the dashboard, and the top/bottom of the steering wheel. Shown below is the interior of a PFL MZ.

The interior of a NFL MZ is shown below Again the difference between the PFL and the new NFL model are in the HU and the lighter colour of the wood panel.

Electric driver seat is a standard feature on MZ and MZG.

The MZG is the top of the range model. It has all the features of an MZ with the following additions:

  • Beige-colour Leather seats
  • Auto curtain
  • Cruise control
  • Mini-table in 2nd row on 7 seaters
  • Footrest (odoman) on 7 seaters
  • Heated Driver and Passenger Seats

Also most owners of MZG would normal specify the option of 5.1 theatre sounds system, power boot, VSC and TRC when they purchase the car. Therefore most of the MZG landed here would have the most complete specification of a Toyota Alphard. It is therefore not surprising that the MZG is the most expensive of all the Toyota Alphard model.


  1. How do one know if the car is a 4WD or a 2WD ? and what difference does it make on a huge car like alphard with a 3.0L engine ? Kindly enlighten us.
    thank you

  2. Hi,

    Please check this post

    2WD and 4WD models are available on the 2.4L and 3.0L version so it doesn't any difference to the size of the car or the engine variant.

    The main advantage of having a all-time four wheel drive is that is provide more traction to the car since all four wheels are moving at the same time. Many 4WD owners reported better power delivery and better cornering on their model. Remember the main reason for Toyota introducing 4WD models is to cater for those owners who are staying on the northern region in Japan as 4WD help them to tackle those snowy road conditions.