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Toyota Puts PH in Automotive History, 6th-Gen Toyota Hiace Revealed Globally

After revealing the latest-generation RAV4, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) and Toyota Motor Corporation are not done with the month of February as they have just revealed the sixth-generation Toyota Hiace, putting to bed the latest generation.

TMP President Satoru Suzuki led the world premier of the sixth-generation Hiace, which is the first-ever world premier staged in the Philippines.

“We, at Toyota Motor Philippines, are honored to host the World Premier of the all-new Toyota Hiace. For the first time, the world’s eyes are on the Philippine, to witness the unveiling of the Full Model Change Hiace, never before exhibited elsewhere,” Suzuki said.

The all-new Hiace sports a major revamp inside and out to address two key factors: increase productivity while providing safe, comfortable, and reliable transport.

Suzuki said that the outgoing model was introduced in 2004, with the first-ever model revealed back in 1967.

First, the position of the engine has been changed–from under the front seats to the front-most part, no longer seated atop the front-wheel axle–where the Toyota’s well-loved van has a a semi-bonnet design for better ergonomics, removing the heat and vibration from underneath the seats.

Speaking of the engine, the Hiace is powered by a Euro 4-graded, 1GD-FTV 2.8-liter engine capable of delivering 160 to 173 hp and 420 to 450 Nm of torque, depending on the variant.

The Hiace also sports an industry-leading center front airbag for the Commuter variant. The semi-bonnet design adds to the safety features while there are two SRS airbags for the GL Grandia and Grandia Tourer variants as well as hill-start assist and vehicle stability control.

The variants and prices of the all-new Toyota Hiace are as follows:

2019 Toyota Hiace Commuter Deluxe 6-MT – PHP1.59 million
2019 Toyota Hiace GL Grandia 6-MT – PHP1.973 million
2019 Toyota Hiace GL Grandia 6-AT – PHP2.048 million
2019 Toyota Hiace GL Grandia Tourer 6-MT – PHP2.145 million
2019 Toyota Hiace GL Grandia Tourer 6-AT – PHP2.22 million

The all-new Toyota Hiace will be available for retail in dealerships starting March 5 for the Commuter Deluxe and GL Grandia and the Grandia Tourer by early April.


2019 Toyota Hiace (Philippine Specification)
VARIANT Commuter Deluxe GL Grandia MT GL Grandia AT GL Grandia Tourer MT GL Grandia Tourer AT
Length (mm) 5266 5915
Width (mm) 1950
Height (mm) 1990 2280
Wheelbase (mm) 3210 3860
Minimum Ground Clearance (mm) 175 185
Minimum Turning Radius (M) 5.5 6.4
Fuel Tank Capacity (L) 70
Description 1GD-FTV, 2.8-liter, 4 Cylinders Inline-Type, 16-Valvem DOHC
Displacement (cc) 2755
Maximum Output (hp/rpm) 174/3400 161/3600
Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm) 420/1400-2600 450/1600-2400 420/1400-2200
Transmission 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Automatic
Steering Variable Power Steering
Brakes Front Ventilaed Discs
Rear Drum Ventilated Discs
Suspension Front MacPherson Strut
Rear Rigid Axle, Leaf Spring
Wheel Type 16-inch Steel with Full Cap 16-inch Alloy
Tire Size 215/70R16 235/55R16
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1 Comment

  1. Gerald
    February 18, 2019 at 4:07 pm — Reply

    The reason they chose the World Premiere for the all-new Hiace is because PH is the Van Apocalypse of the world:

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