Toyota Australia is retiring the 36 year-old Tarago nameplate and replacing it with the HiAce-based Granvia MPV that seats up to eight people and claims business-class luxury for families and corporates.
The Granvia’s main target is the booming global executive and hospitality transit industry and its current players, including the Mercedes-Benz V-Class, Volkswagen Multivan and recently upgraded Hyundai iMax, but Toyota sees appeal in family buyers wanting above-average cabin space and features.
Granvia will arrive next month in two grades priced from $62,990 for the entry-level six-seat version. It will be available in an eight-seat configuration for an additional $2000.
The flagship VX is $74,990 either with eight seats or as a six-seater. Prices are before on-road costs.
The pricing revealed today puts the Granvia up against the Mercedes Valente at $59,850 and $72,090 Marco Polo models, and Volkswagen’s Black Edition Multivan TDI340 at $63,490.
The new van will sell alongside the run-out of the current Tarago. Granvia’s entry-level version is almost $18,000 more expensive than the outgoing Tarago GLi, which may relegate the Granvia outside the average family budget.
The new people mover is based on the latest HiAce van and Commuter but has a four-link coil rear suspension – replacing the HiAce’s leaf springs – and diesel-only engine to depart from the petrol-only line-up of the Tarago’s 2.4-litre four and 3.5-litre V6 engines.
It also has an extensive safety inventory under the Toyota Safety Sense umbrella, including nine airbags, full autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, active cruise control and roadside assist.
Features of the Granvia include electric side doors and premium audio with the VX adding four captain’s chairs, electric adjustment for the front seats, quilted leather upholstery, in-vehicle entertainment and Pioneer audio with 12 speakers.
He said it offered “superb value-for-money” and impressive luxury features to cater to high-end family, hospitality and corporate buyers.
Article Source: Cars Guide MagazineSeptember 19, 2019 9:04 am