The sixth generation Hiace has been announced by Toyota Motor Corporation in a media function for Asean media held recently in Manilla, Phillipines.
According to UK based Just Auto, the 6th generation van and passenger van series is mainly for Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Oceania, Mexico and Latin America.
The latest model, which remains rear-wheel drive, is not yet available in Japan, where the previous fifth generation 540N series Hiace, which dates to 2004, remains in production.
The generation Six Hiace incorporates what Toyota terms ‘a special revised platform’ and retains leaf springs for the rear suspension, although the engine has been repositioned to a SBV configuration (Semi-bonneted van), and is no longer under the front seats.
Body options are Normal/Standard Roof (5,265mm long) and Long/High Roof (5,915) for the van and minibus variants, two wheelbases, and up to seventeen seats over as many as five rows. Engine options at the reveal included a 2.8 litre four-cylinder diesel and a 3.5 litre petrol V6. Generation five is built in Japan and South Africa.