The luxury van line of Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) just got bigger, giving consumers options beyond the Alphard, with the introduction of the 2020 Hiace Super Grandia.
Fifteen years in the making, this sixth-generation model comes Euro-inspired, larger than its predecessor in every way, and is the first-ever model in the country to feature the automaker’s suite of active protection systems called Toyota Safety Sense (TSS).
“The Hiace Super Grandia is a preferred van of companies in various industries, and is quite popular as a family vehicle. It has indeed become a symbol of comfort, convenience, and durability. We are excited to bring a higher level of luxury and a delightful ride experience that Filipinos truly deserve with the All New Hiace Super Grandia. We expect this model to further elevate the Hiace which currently has a 54.6 percent share in its segment, year-to-date as of July,” said TMP President Satoru Suzuki.
It also comes with the new semi-bonnet façade but is distinguished by a more intricate grille with slim louvres framed on the side by chrome accents that connect to the bi-beam LED headlamps (with integrated daytime running lights).
There’s body cladding, in the form of chrome accents that run on both sides all the way to the rear bumper, plus a rear garnish (right on the tailgate) that mirrors the shape of the grille while also highlighting the elaborate combination taillights.
TMP offers the Super Grandia in three trims: Elite, Leather, and Fabric. Only the Elite comes with a six-way Power Adjust driver’s seat, Power Sliding Doors, cabin illumination, quilted leather four-way Power Adjust Captain’s seats with Ottoman, and Nano-E air purifying technology-equipped HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system.
The other two variants come with regular captain’s seats in the two middle rows while standard to all is a rear four-seater bench with 50:50 split folding functionality.
It uses the same engine as the Hiace, the new 1GD-FTV 2.8 L engine with a high-boost turbocharger, giving it virtually the same output as the GL Grandia – 176 PS and 450 Nm of torque.
Also like its sibling and to help achieve its initial goal of cutting harmful emissions by 25-percent in 2030, the Super Grandia comes with an EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) valve, which routes exhaust gases back to the combustion chamber to lower engine temperature while reducing the formation of nitrous oxide particulates.
What should set it apart from the regular Hiace is its ride comfort and reduced NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) as this comes with a four-link coil spring rear suspension (instead of leaf springs). MacPherson strut front suspension is standard on all new Hiaces.
But as luxurious and grand as it is, the Super Grandia will be remembered as the very first model in Toyota’s lineup to introduce TSS. Launched globally in 2015 and already made available in Japan, Europe and the USA in 2017, TSS is a package aimed at preventing or mitigating collisions across a wide range of vehicle speeds.
The Elite trim will have Pre-Collision System (using sensors to detect possible collision and then alerts the driver with beeps and visual warnings; also assists in braking or applies brakes should the driver fail to), Lane Departure Alert (alerts the driver when the vehicle departs its lane at speeds above 50 km/h), Adaptive Cruise Control (the vehicle, while in cruise control, automatically adjusts its speed after detecting of another vehicle in front to maintain appropriate distance), and Automatic High Beam (switches to low beam instinctively when it detects oncoming vehicles).
Standard across all Super Grandia’s are Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), Vehicle Stability Control with Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist, Clearance and Back Sonars, Back Monitor, and nine SRS airbags (driver, front passenger, driver knee, front side, and curtain shield).
Its price starts at P2.42 million for the Fabric trim; P2.51 million for the Leather trim; and P2.875 million for the Elite trim. Each of the three trims will also be offered in a two-tone (Luxury Pearl Toning) body color option, which is an additional P15,000 on the tag price. Monotone colors are Black, Gray Metallic, and White Pearl.
Expect the 2020 Toyota Hiace Super Grandia in dealerships nationwide starting August 26, 2019 or if you can’t wait, visit www.toyota.com.ph.
Text and photos by Eric Tipan