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This is not your father’s daggy Toyota Tarago.
The Japanese giant has confirmed details of its all-new Granvia, a luxury people-mover that will effectively replace the ageing Tarago - but won’t exactly be a match in terms of price and specification.
While based on the new HiAce platform, the Granvia will offer previously unheralded levels of luxury for a Toyota van. Toyota Australia has confirmed two trim levels - Granvia and Granvia VX - both offered as standard with four individual captain’s chairs in the rear for a six-seater layout, plus the option to add a two-seat bench in the fourth row to make capable of accommodating eight.
But that’s not all, because the Granvia VX will have its chairs trimmed in quilted leather for that extra premium touch.
Both models will also be equipped with front and rear climate control air-conditioning, six USB ports in the rear, keyless entry and ignition, dual-sliding doors and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. The VX will take it up another notch with power sliding doors.
Toyota has also confirmed the premium van will get a comprehensive list of standard safety features as part of the 'Toyota Safety Sense' package.
Starting with usual nine-airbags, reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems Toyota will also include a raft of active safety items.
These will include pre-collision safety system (which incorporates autonomous emergency braking) with pedestrian and cyclist detection, active cruise control, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and automated high beam lights.
Toyota Australia vice president of sales and marketing Sean Hanley said it was important for the Granvia to come fully loaded with safety equipment as it has been designed specifically with carry people in mind.
"Granvia offers the capacity to carry up to eight occupants, so providing high levels of safety was imperative and our suite of Toyota Safety Sense driver assistance features help deliver that," Hanley said.
The Granvia is due to hit local showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2019, but Toyota Australia hasn’t confirmed pricing or technical specifications yet. However, it’s likely the engine will be the same 2.8-litre turbo-diesel used in the HiAce and pricing is likely to start well north of $45k entry-grade Tarago.