The long body MPV by Toyota Motors is surely going to see some tremendous demand in Indonesia as the newest version is up for sale in company showrooms all-across the country. Making its first international presence in 1967, the Hiace is one of the most luxurious offering when it comes to commercial vehicles. The vehicle is not only large enough to fit nearly 16 passengers, but also comes with Toyota’s promise of top-notch safety and comfort. Although Toyota enjoys far better sales for its passenger vehicle lineup, the commercial vehicle is also one of the major drivers of profit for the Japanese automakers in Indonesia.
The large size MPV is powered by a pretty solid looking 2.5-litre Diesel engine that combines great fuel economy with tremendous load pulling capacity. Mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, the engine produces approximately 102 hp @ 3600 rpm and a torque of nearly 260 Nm @ 1,600 - 2,400 rpm. Hiace’s major advantage is the fuel economy provided through the diesel drivetrain and can easily provide around 12-15 kmpl of mileage. Its powerful engine also helps it achieve a respectable top speed of 150 kmph, at its full loading capacity.
Being a 16- seater vehicle, the Hiace is any day much larger than your average Minivan or MPV. The vehicle’s length is measured at 5,380 mm and a width of 1,880 mm providing ample amount of interior space. The vehicle stands at 3,110 mm from the ground, which gives it a decent amount of headspace and a ground clearance that can easily dodge the deepest of Jakarta potholes. Talking about the vehicle’s body design, the Hiace surely doesn’t look anything like a tour bus and looks pretty stunning. The front grille has now been chromed up and looks great along with the robust looking headlamps. Although there’s hardly any chance that looks will affect its market demand, but the simplistic yet elegant design surely increases the likeability of this vehicle.
Interior comfort in the new Hiace is almost as good as a passenger vehicle and is sure to satisfy its buyers. The large exterior design does a great work at providing all occupants with ample leg and head space. The gear shift knob is also present in the same way as on the latest Toyota Sienta, that places the gearbox assembly on the dash instead of between the driver and front passenger seat. This not only creates more space in the front cabin, but also allows the driver or passenger to exit from either sides. The front windows are provided with power switches, a feature not very common with commercial automobiles. A powerful AC unit also does a great job of quickly cooling the vehicle and ensuring high levels of comfort while driving.
Being one of the most respected automotive manufacturers across the globe, passenger safety is never out of question when talking about Toyota Motors. The Hiace MPV is certainly one of the safest commercial minivans in the country with high attention to occupant safety. The presence of dual SRS airbags and advanced features such as brake assist and anti-lock braking system, ensures the vehicle stays in total control. 3-point ELR seatbelts with pretensioner are available on all seats to make sure the passengers stay as safe as the front cabin occupants. The vehicle’s braking is assisted through 2 ventilated disc brakes in the front and drum brakes in the rear. Despite its long body, the Hiace has quite a remarkable turning radius of just 6.2 meters making it highly preferable for city use.
While it would be hard for any autogeek to review a commercial vehicle, the Hiace combines the qualities of both segments in a highly balanced mix. The robust and elegant design along with the powerful engine and interior comfort makes the Toyota Hiace a perfect choice for any commercial MPV buyer in Indonesia.