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Toyota HiAce 2019: details leaked


Details are leaking out online of the next-generation Toyota HiAce people mover, which looks set to be longer, more edgily designed and able to sit 13 people.

The more-pronounced nose, which looks like a Japanese Iron Man, suggests the engine may have been moved to the front, instead of sitting under the driver.

This is unconfirmed speculation, of course, and that more prominent front end may be a move to improve its crash-worthiness, while also providing better legroom for the front seats.

Leaked photos suggest the interior is much upgraded, with individual seats replacing bench ones, even at the front, with the option of a 2-2-3-3-3 layout.

The 2020 HiAce will feature an optional 2-2-3-3-3 layout. The 2020 HiAce will feature an optional 2-2-3-3-3 layout.

Each passenger now gets their own headrest, and seatbelt, obviously. The 13-seat configuration is a maximum, of course.

In terms of size, the HiAce has grown from 4695mm long to 4790mm, and will have a 2985mm wheelbase as opposed to the old one’s 2570mm. It will also be slightly lower, at 1980mm, providing better aerodynamics, if you can use that word to describe something this truck-like.

The current HiAce is getting long in the tooth, having been on sale since 2004, yet it will often outsells the more modern Hyundai iLoad, and even the much-loved-in-Europe Renault Trafic.

Leaked photos suggest the interior is getting a much needed upgraded. Leaked photos suggest the interior is getting a much needed upgraded.

The HiAce is likely to be offered with a choice of two engines; a 3.5-litre petrol V6 or a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel.

Toyota Australia spokesperson Brodie Bott declined to confirm or deny any of the internet speculation, saying only “At this stage, we have nothing further to add.”

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