Something you might have missed in the weeks past is the reveal of the Granvia, Toyota’s answer to the ageing (but still comparatively modern looking) Tarago. However, the Japanese automaker’s local arm has confirmed its Australian arrival is due for late 2019, which incidentally is when production is slated to cease on the outgoing model.
Despite its looks generally resembling the Lexus LM and other Toyota executive lounges like the Alphard and Vellfire, this all-new luxury MPV rides on the HiAce’s platform and boasts seating for up to 8 occupants along with a slew of comfort and convenience features not to mention plenty of space left over for cargo and in-car jostling, perfect for five-star hotel shuttling duties or ferrying a discerning corporate team or the family road trip.
Its underpinnings might raise an eyebrow when expecting it to conform to premium expectations, but Toyota is ditching the leaf HiAce’s sprung setup and endowing it with more a sophisticated multi-link suspension to ensure ride quality and NVH levels far beyond that of the humble HiAce.
When it does make Australian landfall, the Granvia will be offered with a single engine choice, the familiar 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel of unspecified output but previously seen in the HiLux and Fortuner, among others, which is likely mated to a 6-speed automatic.
Depending on which grade is chosen of the two to be offered, highlight features include power sliding rear side doors, electrically-adjustable driver’s and captain’s seats and, of course, leather upholstery and trimmings throughout.
Up front, each AU-bound Granvia will be supplied with an array of sensors for the Toyota Safety Sense system, enabling active cruise control and advanced pre-collision among other driver assistance features as standard. Aside from this, there are a total of 9 airbags, the company’s latest generation multimedia and infotainment system, and a 12-speaker audio system.