Toyota Kirloskar Motors first showcased Hiace MPV at 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. Earlier this year, they displayed it at 2015 Bus & Special Vehicle Show in Delhi, where they also confirmed its launch in India. Now, before the 10 seater gets launched, the people carrier has begun testing.Toyota Hiace spied on Bangalore – Pune National Highway.
Slated for launch in mid 2015, Toyota Hiace MPV will be based on the same IMV3 platform that is seen on the Innova and Fortuner/Hilux. It is a 10 seater van that the company already has on sale in 140 countries across the globe. In India, it will target fleet owners and luxury taxi segment. Price is to be in the range of Rs 40 lakhs.
Toyota Hiace is powered by a 3.0 liter engine offering 134 bhp peak power and 30.6 kgm (300 Nm) peak torque while being mated to a 4 speed automatic transmission. The first of its kind being offered by Toyota in India, features on board includes power steering, power windows, rear defogger, reversing camera, blind spot alert, SONAR parking, driver fatigue monitor, ABS and dual front airbags. The Toyota Hiace will also receive an audio system with CD and USB.
Toyota Hiace for India will be a “Grand Cabin Long Wheelbase” version which will be brought in as a CBU from Japan. Depending on the success of the vehicle, local production could commence at a later stage, which will considerably reduce pricing.
Apart from Toyota Hiace, the company has not confirmed any other new launches for 2015. But, the company has already begun testing the new Innova, Fortuner and Vios. All three are expected to be launched in India, some as early as end 2015.
via Motor Octane