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Hiace, the iconic and ubiquitous van operated by everyone from couriers to taxis, is about to be relaunched with some of the biggest modifications in its 50-year history.
The all-new 2019 Hiace is due to be launched in New Zealand in May.
“It has been 15 years since the previous generation of Hiace was released,” says Neeraj Lala, Toyota General Manager New Vehicles and Product. “This new generation Hiace is a breakthrough vehicle with a new shape, comprehensive safety features and amazing versatility.”
“It’s a Hiace that can be tailored to meet the needs of all our New Zealand customers.”
Immediately noticeable will be the shift to a semi-bonnet design, which has given the Toyota design engineers an opportunity to make significant changes to the van.
The semi-bonnet means the front wheels are positioned ahead of the front seats for increased quietness and comfort. The semi-bonnet also means the new generation’s interior space has been revised to give more storage space up front for those trade essentials.
Other major improvements are a longer wheelbase for better straight-line performance and overall stability.
The new Hiace is wider and longer however with a new drivetrain and platform it receives increases to payload and towing capacities across the range allowing for greater cargo flexibility.
The 2019 Hiace will build on its solid reputation with a comprehensive safety package including Toyota Safety Sense. A Pre-Collision system with Autonomous Emergency Braking for vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles, Lane Departure Alert with brake control, Road Sign Assist and Automatic High Beam will be available as part of the Toyota Safety Sense package.
“Hiace has been a faithful partner in cargo and people transport for decades. One thing that makes Hiace so popular is its customisation and reliability. Owners need a van that can be modified to meet any need, no matter how unique,” Neeraj said.
The new Hiace range will include a variety of seating layouts to meet the diverse needs of owners, drivers and passengers.