Having retained its recognizable teardrop shape, in the third generation, the Estima body acquired some pointed features that emphasized the personality of this minivan. When developing the interior, the main focus was on materials and colors, as well as on improving the comfort of the passenger space as a whole. Estima is equipped with seats for seven or eight people (to choose from), in the seven-seater version, the position of the second row seats is horizontally adjustable in the range of as much as 800 mm. In the eight-seat version, the second row of seats is a folding type, and the third row can be removed under the floor and get a huge trunk. The following engine / transmission combinations are available: a 3.5-liter V6 with 6AKPP and a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a variator. Front-wheel drive or full. The line also has an Aeras modification with an aerodynamic body kit.
Since June 2006, the release of the hybrid version began. Similar to the Prius and Harrier Hybrid, the second-generation THS II hybrid system is used here. The power plant consists of a 2.4-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor. Gas consumption - at the compact car level: 5 liters per 100 km (according to the 10-15 standard). From 40 to 70 km / h the car accelerates in 4.2 seconds - like a similar “non-hybrid” model with a 3.5-liter gasoline engine. Exterior hybrid Estima differs from the usual design of the front bumper and radiator grill, as well as transparent rear combination headlights. In the interior, it is worth noting the optitron dashboard. As in the previous generation, the car does not have a tachometer, but sensors for power and gas consumption appeared.
The 3.5-liter engine now meets the 2005 75% reduction in exhaust toxicity according to the 2005 guidelines. Aeras S Package Interior Modification: Red steel appliances. (June 2007)
The grille, bumper, as well as front and rear combined lights were redesigned. Completely redesigned aluminum rims. The list of standard equipment includes cruise control, a salon panoramic mirror and an audio player control module on the steering wheel. (December 2008)
Engines of 3.5 liters and 2.4 liters correspond to the level of 75 percent reduction of toxicity of exhaust gases according to the 2005 standards, in connection with which the car is provided with increased tax benefits. The optional navigation system on the hard disk now has the function of "escorting" you to your destination, and when you insert an ETC card (for contactless payment for travel on the highway), a voice warning sounds about the expiration date. (December 2009)