After leaks on two occasions, one when it was being shipped within Japan, and the other where its press photos were leaked all over the interwebs, the all-new Toyota Hiace has finally made its world debut in the Philippines.
GL Grandia Tourer
With an all-new look, now having a nose wherein the engine is now placed in front of the driver as well as a highly rigid body, thanks to the ring-shaped reinforcement frame, the all-new Toyota Hiace’s aim is to provide passengers and drivers a safe haven amidst the commute whilst providing better comfort and safety. This also results in easier serviceability since the engine is much easier to access now. Design-wise, there’s only so much you could do with a box on wheels, but Toyota has done a clean effort with the van’s overall profile. A smooth character line runs from the headlights all the way to the back, while the front possesses a larger horizontal grille flanked by larger sweptback headlights. LED turn signals on the side mirrors are standard, while all Grandia models feature 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, and foglights.
GL Grandia Tourer
Inside, the all-new Hiace possesses an all-new interior design and layout. For the Grandia variants, the front middle seat has been ditched for a large center console storage area. Power windows, door locks, and mirrors with auto fold come as standard on all variants. Its dashboard is now dominated by a large center stack, wherein Grandia variants feature a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system. There are also numerous USB ports and power outlets all over the interior for passengers to charge their devices. Elsewhere, the Grandia variants feature a fabric and vinyl interior, cruise control, illuminated entry, while the high-roofed and lengthened top trim GL Grandia Tourer comes with auto-dimming rearview mirror which also serves as the screen for the reverse camera.
Under the hood is the new 1GD-FTV inline-4 turbocharged diesel engine found in the Fortuner and Hilux. With 2.8-liters of displacement, the engine produces 176 hp for the Commuter Deluxe and GL Grandia variants, while the bigger, heavier GL Grandia Tourer has a lower horsepower figure at 163 hp. Torque interestingly is also different for each variant, with 450 Nm for the GL Grandia with a 6-speed automatic, and 420 Nm for all other variants. As mentioned, power is sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual or automatic, with the Commuter Deluxe being available only as a manual. Ensuring excellent maneuverability and handling are its revised dimensions, as well as a new variable hydraulic power steering system, new front coil spring suspension, and revised leaf spring rear suspension.
In the pursuit of providing standard safety, the all-new Hiace features Side Impact Door Beams and ABS with EBD on all variants. The Commuter with its front bench seat layout features a center airbag to protect the front occupants from hitting each other in the event of a collision. For the Grandia variants, electronic stability control with brake assist, dual SRS airbags, hill start assist, front and rear sensors, as well as three-point seatbelts for all occupants. Exclusive to the GL Grandia Tourer are ventilated discs on all four wheels.
The all-new Toyota Hiace will go on sale on March 5, 2019 for the GL Grandia and Commuter Deluxe, while the flagship GL Grandia Tourer will go on sale starting early April. As such, pricing has also been announced. Opting for the two-tone Luxury Pearl Touring paint finish in the Grandia variants hike the price by P15,000.
Commuter Deluxe: P1,590,000
GL Grandia MT/AT: P1,973,000/P2,048,000
GL Grandia Tourer MT/AT: P2,145,000/P2,220,000