The Japanese automobile concern, Toyota, has been achieving impressive results with their high-standard cars all over the world for the last 50 years. If you want a two-word description of the company, the best answer would be “Innovation and Quality”. Ok, that’s three words, but, you get the idea. Toyota Hiace, which was first presented to the audience back in 1967, is Toyota’s flagship transport vehicle. See the fullest review and history of Toyota Hiace Van.
Ever since the initial launch, the Hiace went through countless remodeling, reshaping, and rebranding procedures, but the main idea, the heart of it, remains the same to these days. The Hiace name, by the way, is not represented by only one model. You got MPVs, vans, mini-vans, pick-ups, and – yes, that’s right – ambulances.
The first concept of Hiace was for it to be a van, capable of transporting 8 people around the city blocks – that was the initial idea, the intial design. It was supposed to be a smaller version of the big Toyota Coaster.
Today, new Toyota Hiace 2016 model is in its fifth edition, and the brand’s first debut was 10 years ago – in 2005. Still, it’s represented in three different designs, which, basically, are long, super long, and even longer. And it needs to be said, that all of them have really great interiors, with pretty much the comfiest seats in the van world. The standard Toyota Hiace 2016 is roughly 2 meters wide, and 5.5 meters long – yep, that’s a really big car.
Today, this big and beautiful vehicle is having a wonderful time. The sales are high, because of the ever growing need in reliable and reasonably priced transport all over the world.
You got big Toyota Hiace sales in the US, in Asia, and even in Africa. As for Australia, the Hiace brand is currently in the 45th year of sales, and Toyota managed to sale almost 300K units. By the way, it has been the best-selling van for more than 20 years. Let’s take last year, for example: Hiace had about 40 percent of the so-called “light van market” with staggering 6432 units sold and around 90 percent of the “light bus market” with total sales of 2615 units! Plus, it’s the best-selling fan in UAE (United Arab Emirates), Saudi Arabia, and many other Middle-Eastern countries.
Currently, the Hiace brand is assembled all over the globe, including Philippines, Japan, South Africa, Thailand, Pakistan, Malaysia and Vietnam. Pretty impressive, right? Another amazing thing about the Hiace brand is that it’s got a very high resale value. Just take some time and lurke around the first van-fan forum that pops up – you’ll see that Toyota’s van is very popular among car enthusiasts, even the very first generations.
Under The Hood
Ok, so, the engine is a solid 3 liter D4-D, which can provide up to 134 bhp at 3400 rmp. The engine is working in combination with a 4-speed automatic gearbox – that gives it an edge on the performance. The new Hiace 2016’s got a max torque of 300 NM at between 1200 – 2400 R.P.M. Fuel consumption is pretty solid – about 12 to 13 liters of diesel per mile, depending on the terrain. New Toyota Hiace 2016 can give you 100 miles per hour in less, than 15 seconds – that’s really impressive for a good old van.
As for the exterior, the look of the 2016 model is like a 100% clone of its predecessor.
The doors are still sliding nicely, for additional exit and entry comfort. The real deal is in the interior. This “baby” can take between 10 to 14 passengers – there is a bucket seat for everyone. By the way, it has an alarm system installed, that goes off every time a passenger refuses to use the safety belt. The front row seats have been redesigned a little, and now are better, than ever. Also, there is a lot of space for storing luggage. Furthermore, you got Toyota’s own air conditioning system, a CD Player, a radio, 2 speaker systems, USB ports, a moden dash board, remote central loc, a gated gear shift, and many other really cool features.
Check out the official tech info from Toyota form the 2015 edition – much of that will be also featured in the 2016 model:
In terms of safety, the new Hiace is a role model. Actually, it has always been one of the safest vans in the market. Toyota just recently introduced a lot of the latest safety equipment in the 2015 editions, and the official statement claims that all of that technological heaven will also be integrated in the 2016 model, including Vehicle Stability Control, Reversing Camera, Electrochromatic Mirror, Emergency Stop Signal, an Anti-skid Braking System (helps you hold control in an emergency event by not letting the van’s wheels lock up), as well as some new developments that are kept in secret for now.
Furthermore, it will feature 3 point seatbelts, and the Dual SRS airbags will come standard, like with the 2015 edition.
Toyota Hiace 2016 Price
The new, redesigned Toyota Hiace 2016 is officially confirmed to be sold in over 140 countries all over the world. The price of Hiace van 2016 will start at 59000 dollars.
Take a look at Toyota Hiace video: