Toyota HiAce 2020 gains four-wheel drive option

Aftermarket specialists Bus 4×4 has stepped in to fill the void left by Toyota, who refuses to build an all-wheel-drive version of its popular HiAce van.

Suited to the new-gen HiAce 300 Series launched earlier this year, the conversion kit will add full-time high- and low-range 4×4 capabilities to the Toyota van.

Ride height is also lifted by 180mm, and front and rear independent suspension is also tweaked to suit.

The kit also includes a rear diff locker and wheelarch modifications, while front protection rails, rock sliders and all-terrain wheels/tyres are available as options.

Bus 4×4 says the conversion is “ideal for harsh environments where you are moving a moderate amount of people” and targets its product towards mining companies that might need to ferry people to and from rough terrain.

Pricing for the HiAce Commuter bus with 4×4 conversion kit is $108,235 before on-road costs, some $41,095 more expensive than the donor car.

Bus 4×4 also offers the conversion kit across the rest of the HiAce line-up, including the LWB Crew, SLWB Commuter van and mechanically related Granvia people mover.