After earning one of the most enviable records in the history of work, Toyota’s HiAce continues to build on its legendary reputation. It’s one tough, hard-working van that is the ultimate tool of the trade.
The first new HiAce in 15 years is about to hit Aussie worksites. The iconic van has been completely transformed with a new semi-bonneted design that’ll suit everyone from commercial, private, corporate and fleet buyers, through to those needing a work van during the week and a holiday wagon on Saturdays and Sundays.
Due here at about the same time as this issue of WTW hits the shelves, the new van will be superb value for money, with powerful and efficient new engines, comprehensive safety features and a long list of standard equipment. Safe and comfortable
A light-filled and ergonomically inspired layout places all the controls and handy storage spaces just where they’re needed, and Toyota Safety Sense1 (TSS) comes standard across the range. This includes:
- Pre-Collision Safety System (PCS) with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection – senses and takes action in case of potential danger ahead,
- Lane Depar ture Aler t (LDA) – warns should you inadvertently drift out of your lane,
- Automatic High Beam (AHB) – dips the headlights as another vehicle approaches, and
- Road Sign Assist (RSA) – can detect certain speed signs you may miss.
- Additional Safety features include:
- Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) – warns when a vehicle is in the blind spot on the open road,
- Rear-Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) – warns of vehicles approaching from either side when reversing out of a parking spot,
- Reversing Camera, and
- Front and rear parking sensors.
Working with the latest technology is no longer the exclusive domain of office dwellers. HiAce is equipped with all the smart thinking needed to make a long day a little lighter.
A 7″ touchscreen display includes Satellite navigation2, AM/FM/digital radio3/ CD audio and AUX and USB input3 plus Bluetooth®3,4 connectivity, and a selection of steering-wheel mounted controls – including telephone, audio, cruise control and Lane Departure Alert (LDA) – mean the driver has virtually all they need right at the tips of their fingers. You can also connect compatible iPhones®5 to receive Siri®5 Eyes Free, a mobile assistant function which performs Siri voice commands, allowing the user to access functions via a compatible device such as:
- Setting reminders or alarms,
- Checking or adding calendar appointments, and
Checking the weather.
HiAce line up
Australia’s hardest-working van offers plenty of options, like:
- LWB (long wheel base) van which comes with a choice of V6 petrol or four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine and six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
- LWB Crew van has a second row of seats, meaning it can carry up to 4 passengers and driver and is available exclusively with the 2.8L turbo diesel engine, automatic transmission only.
- SLWB (super long wheel base) van provides up to 9.3 cubic metres of cargo space and has the option of petrol or turbo diesel power.
- Commuter has 12 seats in total and with all the creature comforts, such as reclining seats, rear air conditioning with a vent for each passenger and interior LED lights.
Commuter GL is a step up with synthetic leather seats, automatic closing sliding door and body-coloured front and rear bumpers and door handles. Added comfort and convenience for passengers include 8 rear reading lamps, six USB charging ports, seatback cup holder, pocket and hook.
Like all new Toyota vehicles, the all-new HiAce will be covered by Toyota Warranty Advantage which includes a 5-year/160,000- kilometre warranty6.