Toyota has killed off the ageing Tarago, replacing the perennial family favourite with the all-new - an eight-seat HiAce-based van with a new focus on luxury transport.
While the Tarago was pitched at bigger Australian families, Toyota has broadened the target market with the Granvia, with corporate and hospitality buyers on the hit list.
Essentially the HiAce platform, only with the workhorse interior stripped out and replaced with eight seats, and the with coil-spring suspension at the rear.
Touching down in Australia towards the end of 2019, the Granvia arrives with a single diesel engine spread across two trim levels, with buyers able to opt for powered rear doors, leather-trimmed seats and captain’s chairs in the second row. The engine, presumably, will be the 2.8-litre turbodiesel that appears in the soon-to-launch HiAce. In that car, it's paired with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission,
"Whether you are in need of a five-star hotel shuttle, corporate transport for senior executives or just a large luxury family wagon, the new Granvia fits the bill," says Toyota’s vice-president of sales and marketing, Sean Hanley.
"With a stylish European-inspired design, outstanding comfort, refined performance, a high level of safety features and impressive list of standard appointments, the new Granvia really is the last word in luxury people movers.”
Toyota is also promising its “latest-generation” multimedia system with 12 speakers and four USB ports, which should also mean Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, given both will by then be offered on the Toyota RAV4.
On the safety front, Toyota is promising nine airbags, active cruise, and AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection as standard across both trim levels.
The Granvia’s arrival means the end of a mighty long road for the Tarago, which has been sold in Australia in 1983. The family favourite will be chopped at the end of the year.
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