All New 2009 Toyota Wish Revealed (JDM)

Toyota Wish 2009 JDM - low res
Toyota Wish 2009 JDM - low res

Toyota put the new Toyota Wish minivan on showroom floors in Japan today, marking the first change to the Wish line since the 2005 facelift. The compact seven-seater will hit Toyota's domestic market with force, as the company expects to sell nearly 6,000 units every month.

The six different trims are available with one of two engines. With the ultra-efficient base unit, the customer gets a 1.8-liter engine that pulls the car for 16 kilometers per liter of fuel (6.25l/100km). It comes standard as a front-wheel-drive, but can be upgraded with either a more responsive CVT Sport Mode, four-wheel drive, or both.

Not enough power for your family? You can also step up to a 2.0-liter engine which is available with Dynamic Sport Mode.  DSM uses traction control and electric power steering to give better responsiveness. Unfortunately, with this option you lose one seat, but at least you will still feel like a man when you plow through corners with five whiny kids in the car complaining about Dora the Explorer's new look.

On the contrary, the driver can pick the included Eco Drive Mode, which saves energy by reducing the power sent to the air conditioner, and optimizes use of the accelerator. This comes with indicators that tell the driver when he or she is driving efficiently.

Although engine choices do not particularly differ from the last generation, several physical upgrades have been made both in and out.  Exterior changes include stronger front bumpers, redesigned lighting, front pillars that have been brought to the front, new color choices, and an all-around sportier stance. Improvements inside include a trunk space that has been widened by 95mm, titanium or silver finish around the center console, better ergonomics, and increased legroom.

Prices on the second generation Toyota Wish begin at ¥1,840,000 ($18,482), including consumption tax. Once you start adding options, the price easily tops ¥2,300,000 ($23,102).


Source: Toyota
Published Apr 3rd, 2009 1:51am By Zack Newmark
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TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announces the launch in Japan today of the redesigned "Wish".

The Wish is a compact seven-seater minivan that has gained a solid reputation for its sporty styling, wide-ranging utility and comfortable driving performance-with sales of more than half a million units-since its launch in January 2003. The new, second-generation model has enhanced sportiness and comfort, and features significant improvements in driving, environmental and safety performance. The result is a vehicle that aims to meet a user's every "wish".

All vehicles in the series feature a new-generation engine with "Valvematic", which is a continuously variable valve-lift and valve-timing mechanism that achieves both excellent driving performance and superior environmental performance. The new engine, in combination with Super Continuously Variable Transmission-intelligent (Super CVT-i) transmission, gives the Wish a maximum of 15%-better fuel efficiency than the previous model and more exhilarating driving performance. Steering-assisted Vehicle Stability Control (S-VSC) and Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) side and curtain-shield airbags-standard on all vehicles in the series-give the new Wish class-leading levels1 of safety performance.

Monthly sales target for Japan:6,000 units

Assembly Plant:
Tahara Plant, Toyota Motor Corporation


Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices

(Prices in Hokkaido and Okinawa differ)
Grade Powertrain Engine Transmission Seating Price* (including consumption tax)
1.8X Front-engine,
front-wheel drive
2ZR-FAE (1.8 liter) Super CVT-i 7 1,840,000
1.8S 2,090,000
1.8X Four-wheel drive 2,039,000
1.8S 2,279,000
2.0G Front-engine,
front-wheel drive
3ZR-FAE (2.0 liter) 2,260,000
2.0Z 6 2,480,000

*Prices in yen; prices listed do not include recycling fees

Vehicle Outline

Powertrain delivers excellent environmental performance and exhilarating ride

Both the 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter engines are fitted with "Valvematic", which is a continuously variable valve-lift mechanism that controls intake valve-lift volume and valve timing. The mechanism produces optimum power at all speed ranges and provides advanced environmental performance, while engine and Super CVT-i control tuning emphasizes high response, exhilarating acceleration and increased fuel economy. Consequentially, the 1.8-liter front-wheel drive models achieve 16.0km/l in the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) 10-15 test cycle, with CO2 emissions of just 145g/km. The 2.0-liter models achieve 15.2km/l in the MLIT 10-15 test cycle, with CO2 emissions of just 153g/km.

The 1.8-liter, front-wheel drive models have a fuel efficiency that exceeds the level stipulated in the Japanese 2010 standards2 by 20% and the 2.0-liter models exceed the same by 15%. All vehicles in the series achieve emission levels 75% lower than the 2005 standards under the MLIT's Approval System for Low-emission Vehicles.

Seven-speed Sports Sequential Shiftmatic transmission-standard on all vehicles in the series-allows the driver to enjoy manual-transmission-like operation, while the adoption of CVT Sport Mode and Dynamic Sport Mode also contribute to exciting driving.

* Paddle gear shift in 1.8S and 2.0Z models allows driver to shift up and down gears on steering wheel, giving F1-like, dynamic and responsive gearshift operations
* CVT Sport Mode (1.8S model) increases responsiveness of acceleration and deceleration
* Dynamic Sport Mode (2.0Z model) increases responsiveness of acceleration and deceleration, and is designed for sporty driving during cornering through use of traction control systems and electric power steering

Selecting Eco Drive Mode optimizes alignment of driving force with accelerator operation and realizes energy saving in the air conditioning system, contributing to increased fuel efficiency.

An Eco Driving Indicator that lights up to signify fuel-efficient vehicle operation and an Eco Zone Indicator that shows throttle use aim to raise driver awareness toward environmentally friendly driving and are standard on all models.

TMC employed its Eco-Vehicle Assessment System (Eco-VAS)-an original, comprehensive, environmental impact assessment system-when redesigning the vehicle series. Eco-VAS includes setting targets at the start of vehicle development to help reduce environmentally harmful factors by such means as the balanced reduction of CO2 emissions.

* Life-cycle assessment was carried out to achieve reduction in air contaminants and CO2 from vehicle throughout its lifecycle
* Review of materials, processing methods and adhesives used for interior parts reduced volatile organic compounds and sometimes unpleasant interior odors to levels compliant with voluntary industry standards

Increased sportiness with elegant styling

Based on TMC's "Vibrant Clarity" vehicle design philosophy, the dynamic feel of the stylish exterior strikes a harmonious balance between sportiness and roominess.

* Solid front bumper and sharp headlights create emphatic front mask
* Front pillars (shifted 80mm forward) and blacked-out center pillars contribute to spacious cabin
* Door profile with sculpted surfaces and flowing character lines from front to rear create imposing side view
* Sharp and deeply sculpted surfaces of bumper corners, hood and front lights convey vitality
* Deeply sculpted trapezoidal shape of lower section of front and rear bumpers gives them lateral extension, emphasizing vehicle's low center of gravity
* Side mudguard design inspires image of dynamic cruising
* Rear combination taillights with horizontal emphasis reinforce vehicle's sporty image
* Newly developed "Grayish Teal Metallic"-one of eight available body colors-expresses an air of sleekness and slickness

The horizontally elongated instrument panel, designed to invoke the image of plane wings, and the selection of a bright gray-beige as the interior color create a high-tech, quality feel.

* Low-set, two-tiered instrument panel with meter hood projecting upward from main display, combined with horizontal emphasis of air-conditioner vents, impart high-tech, expansive feel
* Speedometer and tachometer decorated with metallic rings emphasizes vehicle's sporty character
* Titanium-tone finish on sides of center console (silver-tone finish on 1.8-liter vehicles), black lacquer-tone finish on shifter bezel and colored stitching on seats and steering wheel accents interior's high quality
* Optimization of front-seat structure's ergonomics gives improved comfort, while slimmer seatback increases legroom in rear
* Maximum width of luggage space (increased by 95mm) and class-leading levels of luggage capacity with all seat arrangements provide new levels of convenience

Comfortable, relaxing space with full range of safety features

The Wish Panoramic Live Sound System, which features 10 speakers placed mainly at front, rear and high up in the cabin space make for clear acoustics and a surround-sound audio environment.

The seat covers have been treated with an agent designed to envelop mites-a cause of allergy-related disorders-helping to reduce their activity in the cabin.

The vertical-adjustable range of the driver's seat has been increased by 15mm. This, combined with use of telescopic, tilt-function steering wheel, makes it possible to easily achieve optimum and comfortable driving position.

The automatic air-conditioner with "pollen-removal mode"-standard throughout the series-also removes dust and other impurities from the air in the cabin, while Plasmacluster®3 air-purifying technology, which fills the cabin with air balanced with an equal ratio of positive and negative ions, helps prevent the propagation of airborne germs, mold and bacteria and aids the creation of a stress-free cabin environment.

The Smart Entry & Start System allows the front doors to be locked and unlocked and the back door to be unlocked with only a light touch on the door handle. The system also features a push-button for starting and stopping the engine.

Front-diagonal visibility has been enhanced by attaching the side mirrors to the driver- and passenger-side door panels and making the front pillars slimmer.

A 190-degree, wide-view front monitor can simultaneously display the ground in front of the vehicle plus the areas to the left and right of the vehicle.

An Intelligent Parking Assist system uses ultrasonic sensors to detect an empty parking space. The system then helps the driver when parallel parking or when backing into the parking space by informing the driver when to turn the steering wheel and where to start backing up.

An HDD navigation system is compatible with the G-BOOK mX telematics service and is equipped with multi-media and other advanced functions such as Map on Demand, which provides automatic map and information updates.

The S-VSC system-standard on all vehicles in the series-optimally balances driving power, steering and braking in pursuit of stable driving regardless of road conditions.

SRS airbags and SRS side airbags for the front and SRS curtain shield airbags for all three rows of seats are standard on all vehicles in the series.

The structure of the front seats, which is based on the whiplash injury lessening (WIL) concept, incorporates Active Headrests that shift to an appropriate position to lessen stress on the neck and reduce the risk of whiplash injuries sustained as a result of a rear-end collision.

The "Global Outstanding Assessment" body construction has been further developed to create an advanced collision-safety structure. In testing, the vehicle was subjected to 55km/h omni-directional, vehicle-to-vehicle collision tests. The vehicle body effectively absorbed collision impact by diffusing it throughout the structure, thereby satisfying TMC's independent targets for maintaining survival space and lessening occupant injury.

The vehicle body has been designed to reduce pedestrian head and leg injuries in the unfortunate event of a collision with a pedestrian.

"Welcab": Vehicle equipped with features to aid people with disabilities

Lift-up Front Passenger Seat models (Type A and Type B) feature a seat that slides down and to the outside of the vehicle to facilitate ingress and egress. The lift-up mechanism was made more compact to increase legroom for second-row-seat passengers. Type B comes with motorized wheelchair storage device as standard.

The Welcab Friendmatic models (Type I and Type II) come with enhanced power steering that makes the steering wheel easier to turn during initial acceleration and low-speed driving. They can also be fitted with devices that allow vehicle operation using one's hands only, for people who cannot use their legs. Type II comes with a power driver's seat with a seat-lowering function that makes it easier for the driver to transfer to and from a wheelchair.


Welcab: Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (Prices in Hokkaido and Okinawa differ)
Model Type Grade Powertrain Engine Transmission Seating Price*
Welcab Lift-up Front Passenger Seat model (Type A) 1.8X Front-engine,
front-wheel drive
(1.8 liter)
Super CVT-i 7 2,060,000
1.8S 2,298,000
1.8X Four-wheel drive 2,250,000
1.8S 2,478,000
2.0Z Front-engine,
front-wheel drive
(2.0 liter)
6 2,626,000
Welcab Lift-up Front Passenger Seat model (Type B) 1.8X Front-engine,
front-wheel drive
(1.8 liter)
7 2,130,000
1.8S 2,368,000
1.8X Four-wheel drive 2,320,000
1.8S 2,548,000
2.0Z Front-engine,
front-wheel drive
(2.0 liter)
6 2,696,000
Welcab Friendmatic model (Type I) 1.8X Front-engine, front-wheel drive 2ZR-FAE
(1.8 liter)
7 1,932,000
Four-wheel drive 2,131,000
Welcab Friendmatic model (Type II) Front-engine, front-wheel drive 2,155,000
Four-wheel drive 2,345,000
*Prices listed are in yen and do not include recycling fees.  Wish Welcabs are not subject to consumption tax, except Welcab Friendmatic Type I vehicles not fitted with specified driver's devices at time of purchase (Welcab Friendmatic Type I prices shown include consumption tax).

1Compared to vehicles of similar engine displacement
2Specified by the Japanese Law Concerning the Rational Use of Energy
3Registered trademark of Sharp Corporation

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Comments (14)

SamoyhaThomas SamoyhaThomas
I would like to know the cost of the 2009 and 2008 Toyota wish alongside with shipping to Jamaica. Also how long would it take for the vehicle to arrive at Jamaica.
Jan 8th, 2013 9:43pm
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Aven wong Aven wong
Sorry the link above again: http://tinyurl.com/3ktfhoa Silly me. Tried the tinyurl shortener.
May 23rd, 2011 12:23pm
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Aven wong Aven wong
looking at the recent New wish in the toyota singapore website: http://tinyurl.com/3ktfhoa specifications/ Is the info concise enough in the context of fuel efficiency and durability. Insights anyone?
May 23rd, 2011 12:19pm
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WTF !! toyota is soo f.. boring , why do they design such things ? hope they'll change designers.
Apr 4th, 2009 9:21pm
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surdzosurdzo surdzosurdzo
we wish you a happy ending we wish you a happy ending before you... why toyota? why you employ such designers!???????? Are your owners blind or what?
Apr 4th, 2009 10:51am
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need4speed need4speed
I just think the future of the minivan segment in north america, is a smaller more compact compact vehicle...please see mazda 5. The days of the big clumsy minivan are gone. Perhaps my thoughts are too forward thinking? Don't shoot the messenger.
Apr 3rd, 2009 11:40pm
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amhirst amhirst
I WISH Toyota paid as much attention to their sports cars as they do to their MPVs and minivans...
Apr 3rd, 2009 9:48pm
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RobERob RobERob
I think it looks rather nice for a minivan. Of course, I wouldn't expect to much in the styling department when it comes to designing this type of vehicle. I mean it's not exactly something you'd want to show off in, right?
Apr 3rd, 2009 7:36pm
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BabyMilo BabyMilo
I wish that toyta would stop, edit and say OMG our cars are boring and ugly lets make new ones.
Apr 3rd, 2009 2:18pm
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Orfeifei Orfeifei
For a long time Toyota has given up anything about style despite the Lexus brand. What is the last model that you think it has a sense of attractive style? Or, which Toyota sold because of its look over its build quality/ brand loyalty? If you take Wish as an example, what I could see is a shrank Estima/Previa with headlights inspired by Stream and taillights copied from Lexus. What style that you can think of? What's more disappointing is that when I also compared the look and the size of the first generation Wish, I found that Wish had been always the Stream follower. But Toyota would sell anyway, despite its lack of styling. It's just a different case from what others called brand loyalty. Someone may think BMW has been enjoying a big sale on its X6 or maybe, the coming 5 series GT, brand loyalty is part of the reason yet no one will think that BMW is as boring as Toyota in any aspects. That's what's the story going on.
Apr 3rd, 2009 10:50am
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alamak alamak
You are off base, this is a mini, minivan.......its not a big van, per north american standard. its main competitor is the Honda Stream. Both will not make it to N.A. cuz its too small, but jsut small enough that it will create a segment confusing b/w Wish/Sienna. 2nd, its suppose to be economical yet practical, but its not going to fit any 2.4L Toyota engine in it cuz that will bring the cost near the big brother. The 1.8L will not work in N.A. market. Is my analysis off base?
Apr 3rd, 2009 10:11am
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need4speed need4speed
bring this minivan to north america and name it the sienna and you, toyota shall rule the north american minivan segment. or am i way off base?
Apr 3rd, 2009 8:30am
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Joe_Limon Joe_Limon
I wish it would go away.
Apr 3rd, 2009 7:33am
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Renegade Renegade
The only thing I love about this car are the Nissan Silvia headlights.
Apr 3rd, 2009 7:26am
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