Toyota introduces the 2016 Isis at home in Japan image

One note before we proceed – this model has nothing to do with the blood-infused warmongers known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, mindless terrorists that call themselves a jihadist militant group.

With that out of the way, we can tell you the Japanese vehicle has actually been named like this in honor of a goddess from Ancient Egypt – which has been worshiped as the perfect mother and wife, which is perhaps why we’re dealing here with a family-oriented seven-seat minivan. For the 2016 model year, the Japanese automaker has decided to upgrade a bit the Isis. There is now a subtly modified front end with tweaked out headlights for an overall modern look. Inside the cabin, there are also minor detail changes, including the addition of a new type of cloth upholstery. The model has all the seats inside – aside from the one reserved to the driver – able to recline, fold or flip to take advantage of the interior space. And if you wonder how the Isis stands out from the crowd in the packed multi-purpose vehicle segment then it’s definitely the absence of the B pillar on the left side –called by Toyota the Panoramic Door.

The base 1.8-liter, front-wheel-drive version using the Super CVT-i transmission has increased efficiency for the 2016 model year – going for 15.4 kilometers per liter according to the JC08 test cycle. That’s 36.1 mpg or 6.5 l/100 km for our readers in the US and Europe. Prices start from ¥1,990,145 (around $30,710) and the 2.0-liter with CVT will set back owners ¥2,395,637 (about $36,960).