Toyota has introduced the fifth-gen Hiace in India; will be fully imported.
The Toyota Hiace has been introduced in India at a starting price of Rs 55 lakh (ex-showroom). While an official launch is yet to take place, The MPV has been a long time coming as it has been shown multiple times in the past. However, the model that is being introduced in India is actually the outgoing version that has been on sale overseas since 2004. The latest-gen Hiace was introduced in some international markets in 2019.
For now, the Toyota Hiace will be sold in India as a limited import, with an initial batch of around 50 units having already reached our shores. The MPV is currently only available in white and silver and, as of now, will only be available in a single configuration.
5th generation Toyota Hiace launched in India at Rs 55 lakh
Hiace in India comes with a 151hp, 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel engine
6th generation Hiace already on sale in international markets
The Hiace on sale is the GL and comes with a 14-seat configuration
Toyota Hiace in India: engine and gearbox details
Powering the large MPV is a 2.8-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 151hp and 300Nm of torque. This engine is similar to the one that powers the Fortuner and earlier the Innova, but here it is used in a much lower state of tune – in the Fortuner, it currently makes 204hp and 420Nm of torque (500Nm with the automatic gearbox). The Hiace sold in India will, initially, only come paired with a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Toyota Hiace in India: interiors and features
The Hiace is available in the GL trim level with the 14-seat configuration – driver, co-driver and 12 passengers. Sources tell us the model will be available only in white and silver exterior paint options, as of now. The last row of seats can also be folded to provide additional boot capacity.
The interior design is quite simple and utilitarian in its approach. The Hiace doesn’t feature any high-end material or modern styling, and instead offers ruggedness and a lot of practicality. There are plenty of storage spaces dotted around the cabin and the space has been well optimised for passengers.
Toyota Hiace in India: spec, features, equipment
As this is the fifth-gen Hiace (the sixth-gen car is already on sale in the international market), the features list is not as extensive as it could have been. Among the equipment offered on the MPV are a 2-DIN audio system with CD, USB and AUX support in the middle, and a space-efficient dash-mounted gear selector. Other features include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, power steering, power windows, rear defogger, AC vents for each row, semi-reclining seats and power-sliding rear doors.