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Are you curious about it? There’s quite a bit done on the newest and updated version too which includes a radical redesign the boxy style. Plus, other bits and changes that are more than cosmetic changes.
Since the first time it was sold in the Philippines, the Toyota Hi-Ace was that box on wheels that Filipino car owners bought! This wasn’t the car of the masses but the roundabout of the well-to-do.
Later on, the Hi-Ace became the chariot of the proletariat or plebs when it became the FX of today’s public transport. Let's go around with Philkotse.com and find out more about this special van.
But, that is about to change with the 2019 Toyota Hi-Ace Grandia Commuter, Grandia, and Tourer that’s coming in with a lot of interest from former owners of the premium Grandia.
Describing this van from many experienced owners is one word that is comfortable and roomy! Other Similar car makers have their versions of the boxy van. Even the older Grandia is still a step up from the captain seats and the touchscreen, and self-locking doors too.
Toyota Hi-Ace was that box on wheels that Filipino car owners bought
Now the newer one doesn’t have the captain seat yet, but still a notch over current competitors. If others redesigned cosmetically though the new Hi-Ace went on to remake and re-forge the everything from top to bottom.
There are some points to go over that should impress and show why the new Hi-Ace is the one to get. Notwithstanding it costs more, but this is non-boxy van is loaded. Even if other similar options come at a lower price, this is still the best for the price, features, and passenger capacity.
With all these going for it, some older box type versions sold as upgraded versions. Let’s move on to the 10 features that should interest buyers in getting it.
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One of the biggest question with the release of the new Hi-Ace which is a Super Grandia version, like the older version is coming soon! Is it still sold by Toyota in the showrooms? You’d be glad to know that the older premium Super Grandia version is still sold for those not willing to wait. The reason why the super Grandia became a hot item is the rotatable captain seats that others lack.
Just like other Toyota Hi-Ace which had quite a number of cup and bottle holders for passenger’s convenience. A total of 24 of them are standard for the Grandia version which helpful for long trips. Having more is better than less especially for passengers especially.
A total of 24 of them are standard for the Grandia version which helpful for long trips
One of the misgivings for the older model is the lack of electronic stability control and cruise control for a premium van! The addition of these features makes it a premium van that will be a notch over the competition. Many would say it is a game-changer, but it isn’t because Toyota is best at improving each generation of its line ups.
When it comes to standard safety features than older version does have standard ABS and dual airbags which are better to its category-mates. The 2019 Hi-Ace builds upon that fact and even has a third middle airbag equipped in specific models. Forward-thinking by Toyota makes this a superior van to buy.
Forward-thinking by Toyota makes this a superior van to buy
One of the best options is having a 12, 14, and 15-seater based on the commuter, Grandia, and tourer. In the Philippines where families can be large or extended in which either of these models is appropriate. The commuter gets 15, while the GL Grandia Tourer has 14 but the Grandia gets 12 seats for more seating.
Further improvements that are very welcome is the upgraded differential that is an upgrade over the older one. Now you’ve got a six-speed manual with an automatic gearbox over the old five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. That’s a significant change too as the older one had to make do with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.
Standardizing engines is now a thing with the Commuter Deluxe to GL Grandia Tourer with those used for the Innova, Hilux, and Fortuner. Significantly this much more than the 2.4-liter used for other brands. All the model has a PS of 176 and torque from 420 to 450 which higher than other vans available.
All the model has a PS of 176 and torque from 420 to 450 which higher than other vans available
If the older Hi-Ace the new one replaced was wide and long. All the new variants have gotten bigger with an extended nose, with a wider body as well. This makes its better are passenger van when alongside smaller options.
There isn’t a lack of options with the Grandia Commuter, Grandia, and Tourer as models to choose from. Each comes with degrees of equipage that car buyers could prioritize, along with the cost of the unit too.
There isn’t a lack of options with the Grandia Commuter, Grandia, and Tourer as models to choose from
Under the hot seat used to apply to the older boxy van Hi-Ace which was apt! With the engine moved to the front that freed more space and the driver can worry about heat under his bum no more. It optimizes safety as well for those in front.
Filipino car buyers have always considered the Hi-Ace, their go-to van and are the best. The 2019 Toyota Hi-Ace Grandia Commuter, Grandia, and Tourer continue that tradition and the boxy type will be missed too. Progress is progress, and this bestseller from Toyota has to move with the times.
Comparatively, those who have owned Hi-Aces have always bought the newest version, especially the premium version though the budget version is just as good too. Overall, the new Hi-Ace is setting the bar for others to follow. Toyota has hit a good level by leveling up the Hi-Ace by leaving the boxy form to other brands to fill up!
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Under the hot seat used to apply to the older boxy van Hi-Ace which was apt
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