Toyota in Australia has whipped the covers off its new Granvia, a luxury eight-seater based on the latest Quantum (or, as it’s known in some markets, HiAce) platform.
While not quite as posh as Toyota’s Alphard (nor the Lexus LM) offered in some Asian markets, the new Granvia is nevertheless a high-end take on the Quantum.
Set to launch in Australia in the final quarter of 2019, the new Granvia will take over from the Tarago (although they will sold alongside one other in that country until the latter is discontinued at the end of the year).
Toyota says the luxury people-mover will be aimed at “high-end hospitality, family and corporate buyers”. It will boast a full suite of Toyota Safety Sense features and four-link coil-sprung rear suspension to deliver what the firm describes as “superlative ride comfort and stable handling”.
The Granvia is expected to be powered by an as-yet unspecified turbodiesel engine and offered in two trim levels, featuring “such luxuries as power sliding rear side doors, electrically adjustable driver's and second row captain's seats and leather-accented upholstery”.
A 12-speaker infotainment system (with four USB ports) is also on the cards, along with nine airbags, active cruise control and pre-collision safety system with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection.
Of course, the Granvia is not expected to make it to South Africa, where the new Quantum has just launched (check out pricing here). Interestingly, the locally built Ses'Fikilie minibus model (based on the outgoing Quantum) will also soldier on in SA, but is set to be renamed “HiAce” for our market.
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