Toyota Hiace renewed after 15 years

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Tuesday 19 February 2019

NZ’s most popular van has been renewed after 15 years and expands in size.

Immediately noticeable will be the shift to a semi-bonnet design, which has given the Toyota design engineers an opportunity to make significant changes to the van. The design means the front wheels are positioned ahead of the front seats for better crash worthiness. The semi-bonnet also means the new generation’s interior space has grown, with more storage space up front for those trade essentials.

Toyota has stretched and widened the van as well, as per the below chart, with a bunch of potential seating arrangements possible. Up to 17 people can be carried in the Commuter version or as few as two up front, offering more storage space for pallets in the back.

Body type Normal / Standard Roof Long / High Roof
Length 5,265 mm [+570 mm] 5,915 mm [+535 mm]
Width 1,950 mm [+255 mm] 1,950 mm [+70 mm]
Height 1,990 mm [+10 mm] 2,280 mm [-5 mm]
Wheelbase 3,210 mm [+640 mm] 3,860 mm [+750 mm]

The wheelbase is also longer for better straight-line performance and overall stability.

Overseas there are two engine options, a naturally aspirated 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine or a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel, with a choice between a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. It’s likely just the diesel will be offered locally with Toyota NZ says the new van will have an increase to payload and towing capabilities across the range.

A comprehensive safety package, including Toyota Safety Sense, will be offered. That includes a pre-collision system with autonomous emergency braking for vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles, lane departure alert with brake control, road sign assist and automatic high beam.

Pricing and further specifications will be revealed closer to a local launch in May.


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