The third-generation Toyota Sienna minivan has been around since 2010 so it’s about time for a replacement.
The automaker has begun testing the fourth-generation Sienna and the following spy shots prove that. A test mule for the 2021 Sienna has been spotted in the United States, combining the chassis of the all-new generation with a modified bodywork of the pre-facelift current model.
As you can see, some of the body panels have been stretched to accommodate the larger footprint of the fourth-generation Sienna. That’s because the new model will use a stretched version of Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA).
Besides bringing more interior space and improved practicality, the new platform will offer benefits of structural rigidity and thus improve refinement. This will allow the 2021 Sienna to compete with more modern rivals such as the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica.
Looking closely at the Sienna mule’s body mods it becomes pretty clear that the next-generation model will have both a longer wheelbase and a longer rear overhang. The result will be a roomier cabin and improved cargo space. The photos also reveal the new Sienna will be wider too — just look at how the wheels appear to stick out from the bodywork.
Finally, the mule reveals the fact that the side mirrors will be mounted onto the doors instead of the A-pillars as is the case with the current model.
Not much else is known about the next-generation Sienna except that it will be the vehicle Toyota and Uber will use to develop self-driving tech. Last year, the Japanese automaker announced it will invest $500 million in Uber Technologies for this purpose.