After a few leaks across social media platforms, Toyota Motor Philippines finally confirms that the Hiace Super Grandia is indeed going to be unveiled in the Philippines this month. This makes the Philippines the first country in the ASEAN region to receive the plush version of Toyota’s highly popular people carrier.
Unveiled in the global automotive scene as the Toyota Granvia, the Hiace Super Grandia will serve as the flagship of the Hiace range. Do note, however, that this will not replace the Alphard luxury minivan as Toyota’s flagship MPV or people carrier.
As such, it adopts numerous luxury features seen in the Toyota Alphard, such as power sliding doors, and of course, who could forget its oh-so desirable and comfy captain’s chairs. These seats feature electronic adjustment for its recline and footrest, whilst these seats can be slid forward and backward with a pull of the lever. Depending on the market and configuration, the Granvia has six or eight seats, though at this point we are not yet sure of the configuration for the Philippine market. Expect the interior to also be wrapped in plush leather and woodgrain trims.
Compared to the standard Hiace, the Super Grandia will feature a slightly different exterior, featuring numerous premium design touches such as a tall chrome grille, LED headlights, two-tone alloy wheels, as well as a few splashes of chrome trims on the exterior. For a comfier ride, the overseas market Granvia features a four-link coil spring suspension. As a comparison, the Hiace uses a revised leaf spring rear suspension meant more for heavy-duty hauling.
We predict that the Hiace Super Grandia will feature the same 1GD-FTV inline-4 turbocharged diesel engine found in the new Hiace, Fortuner, and Hilux. In the case of the Hiace, the 2.8-liter diesel engine has various outputs depending on the variant, ranging from 163 to 176 hp and 420 to 450 Nm of torque. This is sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission.
Toyota Motor Philippines is set to release all the nitty-gritty details on its launch date so stay tuned to Go Flat Out to keep yourselves updated.