All variants of the new Hiace get a 2.8-liter turbodiesel that is based on the engines found on the Hilux and the Fortuner, but with varying performance figures. The 14-seater GL Grandia Tourer’s engine puts out 161hp @3,600rpm, while the unit powering the 12-seater GL Grandia and the 15-seater Commuter Deluxe does 174hp @ 3,400rpm.
As for torque, four of the five variants put out 420Nm; only the GL Grandia automatic produces 450Nm. Transmission options are a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.
If you’re wondering why the same-sized engines have varying output figures, Toyota explains that they’ve been tuned that way because the GL Grandia and the Commuter Deluxe have the same body, and the latter needs more power because it has more seats and is therefore expected to ferry more passengers.
As far as specs go, power windows, door locks, and door ajar sensors come standard across the range. The GL variants get steering-wheel controls, vehicle stability control, and hill-start assist. They also get an infotainment display with six speakers, while the Commuter Deluxe gets a double-DIN system with four speakers. As for upholstery, the Commuter Deluxe comes with fabric seats, while the GLs get fabric with vinyl leather.
Speaking of the seats, the GL Grandia Tourer variant gets an additional row. The first three rows feature bench-type seating with individual recline, while the rearmost row has a 50:50 bench-type seat. The variant’s other unique features include a 4.2-inch TFT display (for the automatic),
“Owing it to our loyal customers, the all-new Hiace is redesigned and re-engineered to provide more comfort and convenience not only to its passengers, but also to its drivers,” said TMP president Satoru Suzuki.
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