Toyota Motors, the Japan based car maker in Philippines offer products in almost every car segment. Ranging from hatchbacks to sedans and from SUVs to vans and hybrid vehicles, Toyota Motors has it all. Among them is one of the mass sellers in the MPV/minivan segment is the Toyota Hiace. The practical van is one of the most celebrated across the globe for its versatility and value factor and is presented in many avatars such as mini-bus, pick-up, delivery van, ambulance, taxi, etc. First launched in Philippines in the year 1995, with diesel engine it has received many upgrades till date. Initially coming to the core as a proper commercial vehicle, it went on to earn the private 'family van' tag over the years with its continuous transformation. In 1999, three specialized variants were launched namely Hiace Grandia, Hiace with gasoline engine and Hiace Commuter. Here Commuter version was a toned down trim meant for the commercial use. Moreover, the year 2001 saw the unveiling of 3.0L diesel Hiace Super Grandia. Likewise the current Hiace, which is basically the fifth generation, was launched in 2005 with two trims. Furthermore, very next year i.e. 2006 witnessed the introduction of top of the line Hiace Super Grandia with first ever automatic transmission (AT). Presently the three trims namely Commuter, Super Grandia and GL Grandia, are packed with a reliable and efficient 2.5-litre diesel engine that develops about 102 PS and 260 Nm of power and torque values respectively. Hiace is pretty recognizable with its proper van-like looks with wide and stretched body structure that has a smart looking grille and multi reflector headlamps alongside nice sliding door at its sides. The huge outside promises massive space inside the cabin with enough room for all passengers together with premium interiors, engaging features and long list of convenient essentials. The seating layout is quite utilitarian alongside there is massive cargo area that can be amplified by folding or splitting the seats. Besides, there are adequate safety features for the protection of the occupants. The Hiace competes with Hyundai Grand Starex and Nissan Urvan in the segment.
The fuel economy extracted from the 2.5L diesel mill is notable. It delivers about 8 kmpl to 9 kmpl in city areas while nearly 11 kmpl to 11.5 kmpl on longer routes. The mileage figure seems satisfactory considering the massive size of the Toyota vehicle.
The large van comes with a choice of only diesel powered drive train. As a result, the 2.5L DOHC 16V Inline-4 D-4D turbo engine of Toyota Hiace churns out a maximum power of 102 PS at 3600 rpm.
In this criterion, not much of amazing numbers are expected, as this vehicle belongs to van/MPV segment, where load and drag capability are the ones on priority. The Hiace does its share of zero to 100 kmph in nearly less than 20 seconds, while it manages to attain a top speed of about 140 kmph to 150 kmph.
The exteriors of Toyota Hiace are large and boxy, while the overall design is kept simple and very practical. The bonnet is eliminated in this vehicle and hence has a nearly flat fascia with large windscreen. The frontage has big rectangular shaped chrome bordered grille with two slats alongside a thick chrome plate that has company insignia. Moreover, at the two corners of the grille are the multi reflector halogen headlamps that have inbuilt turn indicators. The front bumpers look bulky and sport clear circular fog lamps positioned at exclusive looking fog lamp housing at respective corners. Furthermore, amid the pair of fog lamp is the huge air dam. The side profile of Hiace has wing mirrors, while the C-pillar is blackened that provides more elegance to the sliding doors of the van. The door handles look stylish and convenient to operate. The sturdy structure needs solid base to stand upright hence, at service underneath large wheel arcs are 15-inch steel wheels. The rear of Hiace is wide, flat and clean. The tail lamps are placed nicely with reflectors and integrated side turn signals. The tail lid due to its low floor height allows easy loading unloading of large stuffs of the occupants, while there is wide rear windscreen for clear view and high mounted stop lamp for safety.
The Toyota Hiace dimensions are relatively substantial. The length, width and height are 4695 mm, 1695 mm and 1980 mm in that order. The wheelbase measures 2570 mm.
With such massive and hulking exteriors, the colossal cabin space inside become totally undeniable. The interiors are neatly done with plush seating arrangement and oodles of space for every passenger. The black sleek looking dashboard has all the utilities; there is big instrument cluster imbibing large dials of speedometer and tachometer with proper illumination, a multi information screen displaying important data, creatively designed four vents of air conditioner and other handy switches. Furthermore, there is stylish 4-spoke urethane steering wheel with tilt adjust feature and next to it is the gear shift knob attached to the dash, courtesy: space saving tactic by Toyota design engineers. The glove box is large but is very elegantly designed. Additionally, there are numerous convenient features in Toyota Hiace like the cup and bottle holders, cigarette lighter, driver and front passenger sun visor, map pockets at the doors, day and night rear view mirror, ashtray, key left/ light off reminder and many more.
The upholstery used inside the cabin is of good quality; as a result, passengers do not feel stressed on longer journeys. There is enough head room, leg room and shoulder room for all, thanks to the long wheelbase of Toyota Hiace. The air conditioner with manual control buttons is relatively powerful and provides cooling all around the cabin area. The driver's seat comes with the slide and recline feature, while front passenger seat has recline and centre seat is fixed. The rows have bench type seats and jump seats for convenience. There is also a decent amount of cargo space for the luggage. Other comfort features comprise power windows, power door lock, entertainment system, music player, assist grip, door ajar warning, illuminated entry, room lamp in every row etc.
The interior dimensions are large by any angle, all credits to the long wheel base of Toyota Hiace. The total interior width excluding the front seats is of do 1650 mm alongside a cargo area height of 1420 mm.
There is only one engine choice on offer by Toyota Motors, when it comes to Hiace. The 2.5-litres, 2494 cc, DOHC (Double Over Head Camshaft) 16 V Inline-4 D-4D turbo charged diesel engine has direct injection common rail fuel system. This reliable and sturdy engine generates a maximum power of 102 PS at 3600 rpm and high torque of 260 Nm at 1600-2400 rpm. The Euro 2 compliant engine is marred (depending upon the trims) either with the 5 speed manual transmission gearbox or 4 speed Automatic Gate type transmission gearbox.
The entertainment aspect has been given special attention in this vehicle. The audio music system is basically a 2 DIN player that can play CD, Tuner and MP3. Moreover, for added convenience it also supports aux-in and has USB plug and play port. The system is controlled by remote and the music is streamed to the passengers by means of 2/ 4/ 6 speakers inside the cabin.
The large mobile structure needs robust support of wheels. Hence, the Toyota Hiace is provided with tyres size of 195/80 R15, while the wheels are 6JJx15-inch steel wheels with hub caps/alloys.
The braking and handling is one of the crucial aspects, especially in a big vehicle of this size. Here the Hiace is equipped with top-in-class suspension system and front-rear brakes. The handling at high speeds lack a bit of stability compared to competitors. While maneuvering in city traffic is easy, at times tight spots play spoilsport with the bulky Hiace minivan. However, the steering system with rack and pinion power assist comes very handy. The front suspension come with double wishbone with stabilizer bar while the rear suspension has rigid axle and leaf spring. Moreover, the front and rear brakes are ventilated discs and drums respectively.
Toyota Motors has been known for outfitting its vehicles with best in class safety and protection features. Especially when it comes to a large vehicle such as Toyota Hiace, the Japanese automakers have left no stone unturned with occupant safety. As a result, safety feature list comprises of side door impact beams, SRS air bags for the driver and front passenger, anti-lock brake system (ABS), front seat belts with 3 point ELR/ pretentioners, rear seats with 2 point NR seat belts, high mounted stop lamp, clearance and back sonar, auto door closure, anti-theft security system in the form of Toyota Vehicle Security System (TVSS) etc.
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