Toyota Hiace (2007–2012)
New Hiace launched
On sale in the UK from October, there were a raft of changes for the new Hiace. Both versions of the 2.5-litre D-4D engine were re-engineered to deliver more power and torque while at the same time, fuel economy and emissions also been improved.
Maximum power from the entry-level unit was increased by 7PS to 95PS at 3600rpm. More significant, though, is the rise in torque, up by almost 20 per cent from 192Nm to 230Nm and available all the way from 1400 to 2,400rpm. The more powerful version, the D-4D 120, has output increases 15PS to 117PS and torque is up by 34Nm to 294Nm, on tap from 1600 to 2400rpm.
It also got a distinctive new look thanks to a number of styling changes to the front end, quality touches for the interior and some key new options, including full-map satellite navigation and a passenger front airbag. The range includes the core three-seat panel van, available in both short and long wheelbase versions, with respective Gross Vehicle Weights of 2.8 and 3.0 tonnes. It can be specified with either a rear lift door, or swing-out doors that open to 180 degrees. The short wheelbase model is designed to offer enough space to carry two Euro pallets, having a load length of 2,335mm. On long wheelbase versions, this measurement increases to 2,780mm.
Hiace improved with air conditioning
The upgrade is one of a range of new features for the new model year, introduced to improve comfort on board, along with new-design seats with a smart-but-tough cloth upholstery and fabric covered door panels with an integrated armrest and panel for the power window controls. Exterior styling changes include a new-look front grille, extra chrome detailing for the bonnet and at the rear, and new-design wheelcovers. Eclipse Black Metallic has been added to the range of exterior colours.