The popular and dependable people mover – the Hiace has been a welcoming choice for customers for years now. Be it for commercial purposes or private, the Hiace’s impressive space, more seating options, and comfort have kept it on top of the minds.
Now, keeping up with its heritage of transporting people and goods with peace of mind, Toyota has revealed a new-generation Hiace van and bus range with advanced safety features, powerful new engines, increased ride comfort, and a host of new specifications. Featuring a semi-bonnet design that enhances reliability, toughness, and functional beauty, and offering a wider choice of body sizes and wheelbase lengths, the all-new Hiace is set to strengthen the company's share of the Middle East’s light commercial vehicle (LCV) market.
"The Hiace was developed using the keywords ‘Hiace Pride’ as its foundation, and in line with the concept of being a faithful partner that makes people feel safe, satisfied, and proud. Owners, drivers, and passengers know they are in good hands when they own, drive, and ride in a Hiace," commented Chief Engineer Takuo Ishikawa, who was at the helm of the all-new vehicle’s development.
Yugo Miyamoto, Chief Representative, Middle East and North Africa Representative Office, Toyota Motor Corporation, said, “We are excited to launch the all-new Hiace in the region, presenting our customers with the total solution for safe, seamless and cost-effective transportation of passengers and cargo. Featuring a semi-bonnet design, the vehicle offers immense flexibility through conversions and customization to meet varied business and personal needs.”
Complementing the all-new vehicle’s enhanced reliability, toughness, and functional beauty is a dynamic driving experience powered by two new engines – a 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine and a 3.5-liter V6 naturally-aspirated petrol engine, with both being offered with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Aiming to enrich the customer’s experience, the all-new Hiace has been revamped inside-out with the objective of addressing two goals. The first is to create a vehicle that increases productivity, and the second is to provide safe, comfortable, and reliable transport for people everywhere.
At the literal forefront of the refreshed modern look is the new semi-bonnet design, which means that the engine is no longer mounted atop the front wheel axle. This design creates an external style that suggests a comfortable and sophisticated space. By changing the engine’s position, both driver and passengers can experience better ergonomics, without heat and vibration emanating underneath their seats. Additionally, the vehicle comes with a choice of two body types such as, Long wheel base with a standard roof, and Super-long wheel base, which includes high roof design, to cater to the different needs of customers.
The completely redesigned Hiace features a comfortable interior that reduces driver fatigue, even over long distances, a driver seat lift function - which is a first in a Hiace, and new shape cushions and seatback that contribute to a more comfortable ride and help reduce fatigue for driver and passengers. In addition, a high-performance air conditioning unit with enlarged outlets has been provided for greater airflow, with an easy-slide shutoff function. The all-new vehicle’s spacious cabin space is built for maximized storage, with added features elevating the ownership experience to an unprecedented degree.
Similarly, excellent cargo capacity - a hallmark of every Hiace - has been maintained at a maximum of 6.2 cubic meters in Long Wheel Base (LWB) vans and 9.3 cubic meters in Super Long Wheel Base (SLWB) vans. This thanks to longer wheelbases and clever packaging that increases internal width by 215 mm and height by 5 mm without altering overall exterior width. Allowing customers to load more cargo at a faster pace with forklifts, the SLWB van is capable of accommodating four European standard pallets, 1,200 mm X 800 mm in dimension, thanks to its wider side door opening at 1,250 mm (+70mm vs. CG) that enables forklift access. On the other hand, the LWB model is capable of accommodating three European standard pallets.
Delivering a dynamic driving experience, the all-new Hiace comes with two drivetrain variants. A 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine producing 161 hp and 42.8 Kg-m torque, while a 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine with 24 valves incorporates Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent) and high compression and direct injection (D4-S), to generate a maximum output of 268 hp and 34.9 Kg-m torque. Both engines have been paired to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Living up to the Toyota tradition of always making safety a top priority, the sixth-generation Hiace gives its customers peace of mind by reinforcing both passive and active safety. The comprehensive array of safety features in the vehicle also include driver and front passenger SRS airbags, and a passenger airbag with a mini-clamshell design to protect center seat passenger.
Those looking forward to owning the all-new next generation Hiace now, can enjoy Cash Gift from RO 2000 up to RO 2500, LULU Gift Voucher – RO 25, 4 RAV4 LE as Raffle and RAV4 Adventure as Grand Raffle (Prospective buyers may be advised that the benefits will vary between model variants, model year and manufacturing year. Terms & Conditions apply. Visit the nearest Toyota showroom for exact details). To experience the next generation Toyota Hiace, visit your nearest Toyota showroom today.
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