2019 Toyota HiAce van receives major overhaul

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Toyota has unveiled the next-generation HiAce van, which brings a long overdue overhaul to Australia’s favourite van.

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The main changes have occured in the way the HiAce has been designed. It now has a ‘semi-bonneted design’, where the engine and gearbox sit in front of the passengers – this replaces the outgoing model’s layout, where the passengers essentially sit on top of the powertrain.

As a result, safety has been given a major upgrade, with the larger crumple zones paving the way for an expected five-star ANCAP rating. That’s complemented by the addition of autonomous emergency braking (with pedestrian and cyclist detection), along with a reversing camera, nine airbags and a digital rear-view mirror.

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Powering the HiAce will be the choice of a a 130kW 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel from the HiLux ute, or a 206kW 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 from the Chinese-market Prado SUV. They will be paired to a choice of six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes, which drive the rear wheels.

The new van will be available in a number of configurations, including a two-seater in long and super-long wheelbase guises, a five-seat LWB crew version and a 12-seat SLWB Commuter bus. The two-seater vans are expected to be the best sellers, with load bays up to 9.3 cubic meters in size and towing capacities up to 1900kg (braked).

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The 2019 Toyota HiAce lands in Australian showrooms in mid 2019.

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