The Transformation of the Toyota Noah
First Generation (2001 – 2007)
The TOYOTA NOAH was developed based on its predecessor, the TOYOTA TOWNACE NOAH, and released in November 2001. The chassis was developed based on the TOYOTA IPSUM; therefore, it switched from a FR layout to a FF layout, and without the drive shaft, a low-floor and spacious interior were achieved. Thus, maximum riding capacity was 8 people in 3 rows of seats. The body size was a 5 number body size, measuring in length, width, and height at 4,560mm, 1,695mm, and 1,850mm respectively.
Effort was made to make the outer design familiar and with a strong presence. As such, large-sized headlamps and rear combination lamps that were divided top and bottom created a friendly impression. At the same time, the side blister fenders also contributed to creating a strong presence.
In terms of the interior, for the higher class grades, self-luminous meters were installed to improve quality and texture. Moreover, in terms of the seat layout, the second and third rows were easily able to be folded down, allowing for varied seat arrangements and improved usability.
The engine carried was a 1,998cc gasoline engine with 152 horsepower, and the designated fuel was regular gasoline. This engine led to cleaner gas emission, achieving “2000 Gas Emission Standards 25% Reduction Level.”
The transmission available for all vehicles was the 4-speed automatic.
For the drive system, both the FF and 4WD were made available. Active Torque Control System was installed on the 4WD, optimizing driving in accordance with road conditions.
Fuel consumption measured at 14.2km/L for the FF and 12.6km/L for the 4WD.
In August 2004, to differentiate the grades from each other, parts of the exterior design underwent changes. As a result, for the X Grade, a horizontal front grille was utilized, and for the S Grade, a trapezoid lower grille was integrated with the front grille; thus, efforts were made to solidify target users and uniqueness. Moreover, a new Y Grade was introduced that had 5-person riding capacity.
In August 2005, with the aim to boost environmental performance, improvements were made to the engine. The power output of the 1,998cc 155-horsepower engine increased, leading to its certification as a “2010 Fuel Consumption Standards +5% Achieving Vehicle.” Moreover, discharge headlamps with auto-leveling optimal axis adjustment were utilized, marking further enriched equipment options.
Second Generation (June 2007 – December 2013)
In June 2007, a full model change led to the evolution of the Noah to its second generation model. The exterior design featured the “Keep Concept” design, and the body measured in length, width, and height at 4,595mm, 1,695mm, and 1,850mm respectively; thus, the total length was increased, contributing to a more spacious interior.
For the interior, an instrument panel shift was installed, and silver decorative panels were added, leading to increased quality around the instrument panel area. Moreover, in terms of the seat arrangement, swiveling functions were installed on the second row seats to accommodate the installing and removal of child seats. Additionally, one-touch storage functions were installed on the third row seats, leading to greater maneuverability and usability. Furthermore, the opening of the sliding door was enlarged, allowing for a more comfortable passenger experience when getting on and off the vehicle.
Other additions included an independent full-auto air conditioning system on the right and left sides and the Intelligent Parking Assist, marking great improvements in equipment options.
A 1,998cc engine with 143 horsepower was made available, and higher class grades carried a 155-horsepower gasoline engine. The designated fuel was regular gasoline. The engines achieved the “2010 Fuel Consumption Standards +20% Achieving Vehicle.”
The CVT was newly made available as the transmission option for all vehicles.
The FF and 4WD were carried over as the drive system options.
Fuel consumption measured at 13.4-14.2km/L for the FF and 12.6km/L for the 4WD.
Riding capacity was 7 or 8 people for the three-row seating edition, and 5 people for the two-row seating edition.
In April 2010, minor changes were made to the interior and exterior. For the outer design, the front headlights were changed to ones that slanted down at the corners. Another feature was the use of a design in which the low-beam’s projector lamp dug into a part of the bumper. Moreover, for the interior, the seat covers were changed, further improving quality and texture.
Furthermore, improvements were made to the engine and transmission as well. For the engine, the Valvematic was newly carried, increasing power output from 155 to 158 horsepower. As for the transmission, the 7-speed CVT Sports Sequential Shiftmatic was installed in all vehicles as standard equipment.
Third Generation (2014 - )
In January 2014, the Noah underwent another full model change to its current third generation model. The friendly and familiar outer design of previous generation models was carried over, and in addition, an enlarged grilled that integrated the front grille and lower grille was used, making for a design that inspired a powerful presence. Moreover, the design of the body sides was also altered by changing the design of the fender to elicit an air of novelty.
In terms of the interior, for the instrument panel, the meter panel’s hood height was kept low to achieve improved visibility.
However, the biggest change involved the engines. In addition to the hybrid being newly introduced, the standard gasoline engine also saw improvements in fuel economy. For the hybrid system, a motor was combined with the 1,797cc gasoline engine with 99 horsepower. This engine was certified as a “2015 Fuel Consumption Standards +20% Achieving Vehicle,” and its JC08 mode fuel consumption measured at 23.8km/L. Moreover, the 1,986cc gasoline engine with 152 horsepower was also certified as a “2015 Fuel Consumption Standards +10% Achieving Vehicle,” and fuel consumption for the FF measured at 16.0km/L.
The CVT was the transmission option for all vehicles. As for the drive system, for the gasoline engine, the FF and 4WD were made available, and for the hybrid system, only the FF was made available.
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