SA launch, diesel engine confirmed — New Toyota Quantum

Marco Green
February 19, 2019

Specifically developed for professional and personal users in emerging markets, the HiAce is both longer and wider than before.

The new imported range that's coming in the second quarter will comprise of 11-seater (long-wheelbase) and 14-seater (super-long-wheelbase) buses as well as three seat panel vans in LWB and SLWB formats, and a six-seat LWB crew cab.

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The sixth-generation Quantum range will be offered with a solitary engine on the domestic front - a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel.

This will be combined with a 6-speed manual transmission to promote excellent tractability and fuel efficiency.

The vehicle's all-new body and structure were based on the design ideas of Toyota's new TNGA global architecture, and the vehicle promises improved ride comfort, quietness and safety - Toyota stating it's good for the equivalent of a five-star EuroNCAP rating.

All-new Quantum features a raft of interior storage space, with clever packaging to maximise ease of use and versatility. Larger front-door glass and a lower beltline improve visibility. Towing capacity, meanwhile, has been increased to a maximum of 2000 kg on what the firm describes as "key variants".

On the technology front, Toyota has confirmed the new HiAce will be offered with autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, a rear-view camera, nine airbags (depending on model, naturally), and an optional digital rear-view mirror.

According to the company's official materials, the leaf spring's span has increased by 200mm, for a 30mm longer bound stroke and, in turn, a smoother ride.

Toyota plans to launch the new Hiace first in Philippines and then gradually introduce it in other countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Oceania, Mexico and Latin America. Toyota will also provide a detailed guide to assist bodybuilders.

The full model line-up, specification and pricing will be released closer to launch timing.

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