The Toyota HiAce was showcased by the Japanese vehicle manufacturer at the 4th SIAM Bus and Special Vehicle Show held outside New Delhi, pointing at an India launch during the 2nd half of 2015. The HiAce has been incredibly popular all through Southeast Asia for its capability to ferry people and luggage in superb comfort.
Vans are generally bland looking vehicles but Toyota has managed to make the front of the HiAce look very aesthetic by giving it a generous chrome front grille and wraparound headlight clusters. No complaints there.
From the side, its gargantuan proportions are quite evident but visibility from the inside will be excellent thanks to its massive seamless windows. Slightly larger wheels would have made it even better, though.
The HiAce is very wide and as a result, the driver and the front passenger have so much space in between them that they appear to sit in two different time zones! Quality is very good and another boon is the storage space available in this van, something we can never have too much of! You get an easy closer and power slider door, AC with multiple vents, power steering and windows, rear defogger, an illuminated entry system, a sound system, a reversing camera, ABS, dual airbags and more.
Seats, lots and lots and lots of seats! Up to 10 people can easily occupy the HiAce and still not feel cramped at all. Seating is sorted into 4 rows and very comfortable. There is so much headroom that people can actually stand up (in a hunched way, but I would like to see you try standing in any other vehicle!).
Since the vehicle actually extends quite a bit further behind the last row of seats, there is space at the back to plonk bags, suitcases, backpacks, boxes and even a dog if you wish. No animals were harmed in the making of this article, though!
The engine is a 135 bhp, 3.0 litre diesel engine connected to a 4 speed automatic gearbox. The suspension setup has been tuned to give as pliant and comfortable a ride as possible.