AYE AYE CAPTAIN | VAN REVIEW- Toyota Granvia

Commuters move to captain’s chairs in the new Granvia

The Tarago was a bit futuristic when it first hit the Australian market, offering a more upmarket ride from the commuter bus but never quite making it to the status of equalling the Mercedes-Benz Viano.

The incoming all-new Hiace has changed the equation yet again as it enables the introduction to Australia in the fourth quarter of this year of the Granvia, with six or eight seats of which there are four individual rear captain’s chairs.

Granvia is not only more comfortable, it’s also safer with a pre-collision safety system, active cruise control and road-sign assist features all included as standard items.

Arriving in Australia in fourth quarter of 2019, the all-new Granvia and Granvia VX will offer supreme comfort, premium appointments and a high level of safety features to move people in style.

It’s available in two grades, both featuring the latest Toyota Safety Sense driver assistance technologies along with luxury features that will appeal to high-end family, hospitality and corporate buyers.

Toyota Australia Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley said the all-new Granvia would change the perception of what premium stands for in the people mover market.

“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,” Mr Hanley said.

“At the same time, it provides an almost limousine-like degree of cabin comfort and refinement for passengers with large captain’s chairs, independent rear climate control and six rear USB ports to keep devices fully charged for business or entertainment.”

With its focus on providing comfortable, premium transport for more than an average family, the Granvia will be offered with a choice of six or eight seats in standard and top-of-the-range VX grades.

Each model features a rear cabin with four individual reclining captain’s chairs with armrests, with the eight-seater models adding a fourth-row, two-seat 60/40-split bench.

Granvia VX variants take the seating to an even more luxurious level with quilted leather-accented upholstery and power-adjustment for the backrest and additional fold out “ottoman” leg-rest, for the second-row seating in eight-seater versions and all four rear seats in six-seater versions.

Both standard and Granvia VX versions include front and rear climate control, smart entry and start, dual side sliding doors (power operated on VX) and the latest multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Safety features include a pre-collision safety system (PCS) with pedestrian detection (day and night) and cyclist detection (day only); high-speed active cruise control; lane-departure alert; road sign assist; and automatic high beam.

Using camera and radar sensors, the PCS is designed to detect vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists and assists the driver with visual and audible warnings, braking assistance or autonomous emergency braking if the driver fails to heed the warning.

The lane-departure alert function will warn the driver if the system detects that the car has deviated from its lane with visual and audible alerts and if necessary, provide steering assistance via the braking system.

All Granvia models also feature a road-sign assist system that is able to recognise certain speed limit signs and display them on the multi-information display (MID) in the instrument cluster. Other advanced safety features include blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera with guide lines and nine airbags.

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