- Half-bonnet design reduces engine intrusion
- New diesel engine and two wheelbases
- Improved straight-line performance/stability
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Toyota has, for the first time in 15 years, revealed a new Quantum van/bus range, this one with advanced safety features, powerful new engines, better comfort and uprated specifications.
The vehicles, the sixth generation, will reach South Africa in the second quarter of 2019.
A shift to a semi-bonneted design – removing the engine’s intrusion into passenger space – has also brought a stiffer frame and better straight-line performance, stability, manoeuvrability, and suspension.
The all-new Quantums will be available as three-seat long- and super-long wheelbase vans, six-seat LWB crew cabs and 11- and14-seat minibuses..
Only one engine, though: a 2.8-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged, diesel spinning a six-speed manual transmission.
The LWB and extra long-wheel base vans will respectively have a load volumn of 6.2 and 9.3 cubic metres.
Each, Toyota reports, will have a number of cabin storage spaces, diode cabin and load-volume lighting, flip-up seats and seat-back net pockets. The passenger modes will have as many as 16 cup/bottle holders.
Larger front-door windows and a lower belt line have increased visibility, towing capacity is up by 600kg to 2000kg on key variants.
A number of flat surfaces and anchor points have made it easy to alter the vehicle for specialised use though Toyota says it can provide a detailed guide to assist body amendments.
Full model range, specifications and prices will be released closer to launch timing.