The all-new Toyota HiAce is set to offer powerful and efficient new engines, comprehensive safety features and a long list of standard equipment, when it arrives in Australia mid-year.
As the first new HiAce in 15 years, it has been completely redesigned with a new semi-bonneted configuration to more than meet the needs of commercial, private, corporate and fleet buyers.
Toyota Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley said every aspect of the all-new HiAce has been designed to expand its role as the ideal work partner for people whose livelihoods depend on it.
“We focused on making the new-generation vehicle an even better tool of trade through enhanced design, increased performance, a quiet cabin, smooth ride and improved handling and agility,” Mr Hanley said.
“It’s also more refined, convenient and comfortable than ever, recognising that many owners rely on their HiAce as a mobile office and spend most of their working day inside their vehicle.
Priced from $38,6403, the new nine-model HiAce range kicks off with the LWB (long wheelbase) Van with a choice of V6 petrol or four-cylinder turbodiesel engines and six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
The LWB Crew Van adds a second row of seats enabling it to carry up to four passengers and driver and is available exclusively with the 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine driving the rear wheels through the six-speed automatic transmission.
Starting at $48,6403, the automatic-only SLWB (super long wheelbase) Van provides up to 9.0 cubic metres cargo capacity and is also offered with petrol or turbodiesel power.
Safety has been a major priority for Toyota in developing the new HiAce and aside from its improved driving dynamics, all models across the entire range incorporate an extensive array of driver assistance technology as standard.
“The HiAce’s impressive carrying capacity is even more flexible and user-friendly with increased internal width and height, and dual sliding side doors on van models which, for the SLWB variants, can take a standard Australian pallet,” Mr Hanley said
“At the same time, we’ve built on the HiAce heritage of quality, durability and reliability – factors that underpin its strong resale values and popularity as the world’s best-selling compact commercial van. Independent studies show that HiAce has the strongest resale value in its segment, retaining 68 per cent of its value after four years1.
The Toyota Safety Sense suite of features includes a pre-collision safety system with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, road sign assist and auto high beam.
Further standard safety features include cruise control, anti-lock brakes, vehicle stability control, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors and up to nine airbags depending on the model.
The Toyota Hi-Ace will be released for the Australian market later in 2019.