Aftermarket specialists Bus 4x4 has stepped in to fill the void left by Toyota, who refuses to build an all-wheel-drive version of its popular HiAce van.
Suited to the new-gen HiAce 300 Series launched earlier this year, the conversion kit will add full-time high- and low-range 4x4 capabilities to the Toyota van.
Ride height is also lifted by 180mm, and front and rear independent suspension is also tweaked to suit.
The kit also includes a rear diff locker and wheelarch modifications, while front protection rails, rock sliders and all-terrain wheels/tyres are available as options.
Bus 4x4 says the conversion is “ideal for harsh environments where you are moving a moderate amount of people” and targets its product towards mining companies that might need to ferry people to and from rough terrain.
Pricing for the HiAce Commuter bus with 4x4 conversion kit is $108,235 before on-road costs, some $41,095 more expensive than the donor car.
Bus 4x4 also offers the conversion kit across the rest of the HiAce line-up, including the LWB Crew, SLWB Commuter van and mechanically related Granvia people mover.