Originally introduced back in 1967, the Toyota Hiace is now entering its sixth generation. So Toyota made a significant jump in size for both the standard and long roof versions.
The table attached below reflects the vehicle’s growth, allowing the multi-purpose vehicle to accommodate as many as 17 people. There are a plethora of seating layouts available, including a two-seat van model for carrying voluminous cargo.
Naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine or a 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel. It comes witha a choice between a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. Switching to a new “semi-hood” design means the engine is no longer positioned on top of the front axle, which in turn provides better ergonomics for the driver and the front passenger. The people sitting in front won’t be bothered anymore by any heat and vibration coming from underneath the seat. In addition, servicing the engine will be easier since mechanics will have far better access to the engine compartment.
Toyota Hiace, Photo: Motor1.com
According to Toyota, the 2019 Hiace offers lower noise, vibration, and harshness levels. Thanks to a completely new body derived from the design behind the company’s new TNGA platform. The upgrades made to hardware will translate into lower driver fatigue over extended distances while ensuring a high level of safety having achieved the performance equivalent of five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test.
Like before, the Toyota Hiace will largely be sold in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Oceania, Latin America, and Mexico. Interestingly, the JDM-spec model won’t make the transition to the new generation, with Toyota deciding to keep the old model as-is, citing “different local market environment.” The revamped model will initially go on sale in the Philippines before being gradually introduced to other regions across the world.