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Toyota updates Isis minivan with two special editions

Toyota has announced a minor upgrade and two special editions of its home-market Isis minivan. The compact 7-seater, which competes in the same category as the Nissan LaFesta, Mazda Premacy (both based on what we know as the Mazda 5 in the US), and Honda Stream (which is not sold stateside), will receive an revised interior and standard vehicle stability and traction control.

A pair of special edition models called Noir and Blanc will accompany the roll-out of the improved van. Named after the French words for "black” and "white” respectively, they will be offered only in black and white pearl exterior colors.

Additionally, Noir and Blanc models will come with an exclusive aero kit with contrasting front lip, remote sliding doors with pinch protection, electric folding side mirrors which auto-tilt when reversing, and interior trim corresponding to the exterior color.

The Isis is a compact, three-row van that is powered either by a 1.8L (also found in the 2014 US-market Corolla) or 2.0L inline-four. 1.8L versions are available in both front- and all-wheel-drive while the larger motors come in front-drive only. A CVT is the only available transmission choice.

The Isis stands apart from other minivans due to its unique door design. When closed, the rear sliding doors latch onto the trailing edge of the front doors, which are traditionally hinged. When both doors on a single side are open, the lack of a B-pillar makes for an extremely spacious opening.

The Isis is sold only in Japan and select Asian countries. Prices start at $19,496 for the base model and top out at $26,573 for a fully optioned AWD model.

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