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The Toyota Hiace is celebrating half a century of hauling in 2018, and the Japanese carmaker is marking the milestone by releasing a special 50th anniversary edition variant in the van's home market.

Toyota's Hiace 50th Anniversary Limited features a host of improvements over standard models. All units come with LED headlights and Ivory Black plating up front, as well as dual power sliding doors on both sides of the vehicle and a '50th anniversary' emblem at the rear. Pictured above is the van in an attractive 'Graphite metallic' paint finish.

Most of the niceties are found inside, where occupants are greeted by copious amounts of nice, snazzy-looking faux mahogany wood trim on the dashboard, steering wheel, shift knob and door panels, as well as plush captain's seats covered in synthetic leather. In dark colors, this Hiace's cabin gives off a much more premium vibe.

It also comes with a handful of Toyota Safety Sense tech features. There's automatic braking, lane departure alert, as well as automatic high beams for better vision while driving at night.

The Hiace 50th Anniversary Limited is available in Japan for between ¥3,240,000 and ¥4,133,160 (P1.5 million to P1.97 million). Customers can choose from either 4WD or 2WD configurations, as well as a gasoline or diesel engine.

A cozier, more premium Toyota Hiace? Sounds like a proposition worth considering if you ask us. Too bad it isn’t available here. Would you be willing to shell out extra for a slightly more lavish van?

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