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Soccer moms, NASCAR dads and empty-nesters rejoice! It looks like Toyota is going to debut its 2011 Sienna minivan in Cali next month at the 2009 LA Auto Show. Although the minivan market doesn't get a lot of playtime on enthusiast websites, the segment remains an important (if shrinking) one for full-line manufacturers. While Toyota's past minivans have ranged from the bizarrely interesting (Previa) to the drab but competent (current Sienna), word has it Toyota plans to introduce a van that will once again make it the segment's top choice.
No specifics have been released, but we've previously heard that the new Sienna would be shifting to the MC platform that Toyota uses for the Camry, Highlander, RAV4, Venza and even the Prius. Personally we're hoping for a lower, wider track, luxury vehicle with an available hybrid model. That, or something like the JDM Alphard/Vellfire we saw at SEMA. We'll have all the details and a bunch of live shots on December 2 when we see it at the Los Angeles Convention Center, but in the meantime, you can check out Toyota's brief press release after the jump.

[Source: Toyota]

PRESS RELEASE:

All-New Third-Generation Toyota Sienna to Make World Debut at 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show

TORRANCE, Calif., November 9, 2009 - - Toyota will stage the world premiere of the all-new 2011 Sienna minivan at a press conference at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The press conference will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 10:35 a.m. at the Toyota exhibit space in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. A video clip of the press conference will be available for viewing following the event on the Toyota.com website.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I doubt most americans could fit through the doors, never mind the height...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I always thought the Sienna was practical and good, but didn't stand out particularly well. I only wish they would bring the Alphard over to the NA market. I've seen many of those over in Hong Kong, along with other minivan offerings from Nissan and Honda, and they all kick ass in the looks department.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new one really needs to improve on the sloppy (even for a minivan) dynamics of the current model. I have faith in Toyota's ability to do this after seeing the FT-86.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The current Sienna is based on the Camry, so has the Camry shifted to a new platform?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look quite nice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There had better be an economy engine offering.
      The 3.5 V6 has speed, so how about the 2.7 I4?
        • 5 Years Ago
        500 pounds, if you include the expected increase in size/weight of next Sienna, you'd figure you could cut 100 lbs by moving to the I4.
        How much more air than a Highlander?

        If an old T&C did 180hp@4800 or so, what is an extra 1,000rpm between friends?
        Anyway, people will just have to lover their 6 speed automatic, maybe Toyota will include a manumatic interface?
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pbq-T6RiYg
        So if an old big V6 with 4 speed auto worked 2000-3000rpm, the new I4 works 3000-4500rpm

        This could all be moot if Toyota would couple this
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPb6qt84fho
        plus this :)
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHNXbGGvOdc

        What is cheaper, direct injection or Valvematic?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think it would be that slow.
        2.7 + 6 speed auto + 4.356 axle ratio + front drive.
        Sure it is heavier than the Venza, but the shorter gearing due to smaller diameter tires makes up.

        Then a front drive V6 with either 3.685 axle ratio (from Camry V6) or 3.815 (Camry I4) for front drive.
        and 4.398 for 'awd' Sienna. [front drive + clutch PTO driven rear axle]

        Gets people out of SUVs
        • 5 Years Ago
        Besides the extra 500 pounds it's also pushing a lot more air out of the way than a Venza.

        175 hp would move it perfectly adequately, but the problem is what your gearing comment alludes to - that you need to spin the hell out of a 4 cylinder engine to get that power out of it.

        Family buyers don't want the V6 because it's 270 hp, they want the V6 because the 150 hp they actually use comes on smooth and relaxed.

        10 years ago a T&C did fine with 180 horses - but that 180 hp V6 gave the same 240 lb-ft down low as a 270 hp V6 does now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would personally love to see the 2.7L engine in the Sienna. It will be a bit slow, yes, but slow minivans ruled the world until about 2002.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Honda Odyssey is up for a redesign as well.

      I wonder how Chrysler will respond.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is a Cash Cab showdown!
        may the best van win.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess the crashing of the van going through a plate glass window will wake me up..... and the driver looking around stunned saying, "I didn't do it!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, My bad...did that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wake me when its over ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        You'll be awaken when the car "un-intentionally accelerate"

        I KID, I KEEEED!
        • 5 Years Ago
        is that what she said? BAM!
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, the world isn't ready for a 1990s retro van - yet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should drop the AWD option and lower the floor. Back seats are not comfortable because they end up being too low. Lots of crossovers out there, so this does not need AWD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A faint cricket chirps in the background....
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