The all-new Toyota Hiace has been launched and will be available in three variants: the GL Grandia, the GL Grandia Tourer, and last but definitely not the least, the Commuter Deluxe.
If you’re shopping for a new hauler on a budget, or cater to a family worthy of a Pinoy Cheaper by the Dozen remake, the most intriguing variant of the bunch will probably be the Commuter Deluxe. With a price tag of P1,590,000, the Commuter version is by far the most affordable option in the range.
So what do you get with it? For starters, it comes with a 15-person seating capacity (including the driver)—that’s enough to ferry an entire basketball team, including reserve players. It also packs a 2.8-liter turbodiesel capable of 174hp and 420Nm of torque. If you want it in automatic, though, you’re out of luck as it only comes available with a six-speed manual transmission.
Inside, the vehicle is understandably barer than its Grandia siblings. Obviously, the bench seating configuration prioritizes capacity over comfort and space, and it comes only with fabric upholstery and
Outside, you get steel wheels with full caps, black instead of body-colored plastics, and no daytime running lights. Rear brakes are also drum, in contrast to higher GL Grandia and GL Grandia Tourer units, which get ventilated discs on all four corners.
Again, it’s not as flashy, but if you need to bring the whole barangay along, you know which variant to go for. You can check out more photos of the Hiace Commuter Deluxe in the photos below:
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