Toyota Hiace Models: Engine, Interior and History


Apart from producing Hatchback, Sedan, SUV, and MPV, the Japanese Automobile Manufacturer Toyota also produces minivans and Mini Buses like Coaster and Hiaces. Today, we are going to take a look at the Toyota Hiace. When it comes to carrying passengers and cargo, the kind of cars we think about are buses, minivans, and minibusses. They offer comfortability, space, great features, and efficiency but also an excellent performance that we all want in a car. Before we consider buying a Toyota Hiace, we should understand this car in terms of features, capabilities, style, qualities, affordability, and of course the engines of the car.


In October 1967, the first generation of Toyota Hiace was launched. Since its production, it has been available in a wide range of body configurations such as minivan/MPV, minibus, van, etc.  Toyota Hiace has passed six generations up to the present. The first generation was produced from 1967–1977, second-generation from 1977-1982, third-generation from 1982-1989, fourth-generation from 1989-2004, fifth-generation from 2004-2019, and now the latest generation from 2019 to present. The shape and body of the Toyota Hiace have changed in every generation. Until today, Toyota Hiace has a pretty shape due to the advancement of technology and materials.

Toyota Hiace was produced for three main purposes like carrying passengers, carrying luggage, and for hospital use (ambulance). The advancement of technology brought big changes in commercial vehicles which arrived bit by bit across the early versions, but usually in a bold shift for individual versions. Toyota Hiace is available in automatic and manual transmissions. Toyota released Hiace with 3 variants – Super Long Wheelbase (SLWB), Commuter, and Long Wheelbase (LWB) – along with the option of two engines and two gearboxes.

Toyota Hiace is available in three body options – Hiace Wagon, Hiace Van, and Hiace Commuter with the option of Petrol or Diesel fuel.

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Interior & Exterior

The Hiace is tailored to suit your business needs, assuring your business efficiency and being your most reliable choice. Toyota Hiace has more than 10 people sitting comfortably.  The Hiace Van provides all the space you need to give your business a competitive edge. There’s voluminous cargo space, sliding doors, and side steps.

The Toyota Hiace is a vehicle that is built more for function than form. The front, both the passenger and driver are afforded slightly comfortable quarters. The space at the front is enough for both the passenger and driver. The seats can be uncomfortable at long distances due to the minimum adjacent movement.

Several storage booths inside the Hiace at the front are useful for storing items such as beverages, smartphones, goggles, and handbags. You will find door panel storage, a 2 compartment glove box, a center box, and 4 cup holders. In other variants, you will get extra Navigation, AUX Power, a DVD Player, and a Cooler Box.

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The Hiace came with different appearances depending on the generation but the 5th generation is a tall angular vehicle that can best be described as boxy. The Hiace GL trim comes fitted with fog lights, chrome trim, and 15-inch alloy rims.


Toyota Hiace  2020 engine

Most Hiace variants use a four-cylinder DOHC engine in a variety of forms: a 2KD-FTV 2500 cc or 1KD-FTV 3,000 cc D-4D turbo-diesel engine or a 1TR-FE 2000 cc or 2TR-FE 2700 cc petrol engine. In some general export markets, Hiace is powered by the 1TR – 1990 cc, 1RZ – 1990 cc, and 2RZ – 2430 cc. All of these are petrol head engines and the most chosen one is the 5L-E 3000 cc diesel engine. 

The 5th generation Hiace became for sale as a long-wheelbase van, a wide super-long-wheelbase high-roof van, a wide long-wheelbase wagon, a wide super-long-wheelbase high-roof “Grand Cabin”, and a long-wheelbase high-roof van. In the 6th generation, the gear lever has been relocated to the dashboard to enable easier movement in the cabin. They transfer power to the wheel via transmission choices ranging from 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic. On 18 February 2019, the 6th generation Hiace made its global debut in the Philippines. Toyota chief engineer Takuo Ishikawa led its development. The 6th generation of Toyota Hiace comes fitted with 2 engine options: a 2.8L 1GD-FTV I4 turbocharged diesel engine or a naturally aspirated 3.5L 7GR-FKS V6 petrol engine.

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On 13 June 2005, the 5th generation was launched in the Philippines, with 2KD 2.5L engines; the 13-seater GL Grandia and 15-seater Commuter, both transfer power to the wheel with manual transmission.  In October 2015 all Hiace trims in the Philippines were updated with the new 1KD 3.0L turbodiesel engine. 

The 2.5L and 3.0L turbodiesel KD engines produce a maximum power output of 107 hp at 3400 rpm and 142 hp at 3400 rpm and maximum torque of 260 Nm at 1600–2600 rpm and 300 Nm at 1200–3200 rpm respectively. The TR petrol engine 2.0L and 2.7L generate a maximum output of 134 hp at 5600 rpm and 158 hp at 5200 rpm respectively and a maximum torque of 182 Nm and 243 N⋅m  both being achieved at 4000 RPM. 

The Hiace Van came fitted with the 1GD-FTV 2.8L engine in the Japanese market linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission generating a power output of 149 hp at 3600 rpm and 300 Nm of torque from 1000 to 3400 RPM. This supplanted the 1KD-FTV. The 5L-E engine develops 91 hp at 4000 rpm and 197 Nm of torque at 2400 RPM.


Some Hiace models come fitted with several safety features like ABS, SRS Airbags, WIL (Whiplash Injury Lessening), Rearview Camera, and Retractable steering on impact. The latest models of Toyota Hiace advanced by having SRS airbags; an anti-lock brake system and some of the versions have reverse sensors.

Final Verdict

In Tanzania, most of the Hiace’s are bought from BE FORWARD and are being used as commercial vehicles to carry passengers or cargo. Need to increase your revenue? You need to think about getting a Toyota Hiace with a 3L or 5L engine in four-wheel drive. This can suit all your transport needs at an affordable price. Get your free quote today only from BE FORWARD.



Written by: Josephat Lukaza

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