Toyota HIACE Van, Wagon, and Commuter Receive Partial Upgrades
Cited from Toyota
Toyota has recently introduced partial upgrades for the HIACE Van, Wagon, and Commuter models. The HIACE Commuter now comes in a microbus version with the same HIACE shape and can accommodate up to 14 passengers.
The HIACE was first introduced in 1967 and has been a popular choice among users as a one-box type commercial van. The current HIACE available in the domestic market is the 5th generation (200 series), which made its debut in 2004.
As part of the upgrades for the HIACE Van, a new Earth Color Package with fresh body colors has been introduced. The Earth Color Package is based on the Super GL grade and offers new colors such as beige and urban khaki as special options. Additionally, it features a unique matte black-painted front grille and front/rear bumpers, enhancing the outdoor aesthetics of the HIACE.
Other partial upgrades include the addition of Easy Closer for the slide door and back door of the HIACE DX grade. This feature allows for gentle closing without worries about slamming the half-door shut.
Furthermore, for the Welcab (wheelchair-accessible) version, new BU and FU types of anchor bars have been introduced, allowing for "one-touch securement" of wheelchairs through switch operation. This contributes to efficiency and speed in securing wheelchairs.
Inside the HIACE, vanity mirrors in the sun visors, which were previously available only in certain grades, have now become standard in all models. Additionally, accessory outlets have also been standardized across all models, providing added convenience for both work and outdoor activities, thereby improving overall in-car comfort.
In terms of powertrain, there have been no changes as part of this partial upgrade for the HIACE.
Regarding safety features, the Toyota Safety Sense, previously offered as an option, is now standard equipment across all grades, enhancing the overall safety of the vehicle. The upgrades also include rearward detection regulation compliance for all grades, side collision regulation compliance, changes to the airbag ECU, and the replacement of wooden boards on the side doors with surface-wrapped materials, all aimed at improving safety.
The "HIACE" remains an adaptable vehicle capable of meeting various usage needs, and it continues to evolve as a user-friendly and comfortable vehicle for a wide range of purposes.