We have to say, the orange is rather fetching.
It’s the “world’s first Hiace Convertible” so claims Toyota, and will go on sale exclusively in our market. It’s called the PieAce and, in addition to the roofless setup, you also get an interesting and very hot addition in the rear. The PieAce is available as either a long-wheelbase or super-long wheelbase setup, and a Z-folding roof.
“There’s no denying the Hiace has been a popular choice for tradespeople & couriers alike, and now with the Hiace Convertible, we expect it will be even more popular with more people. Not only is it a vehicle that can navigate busy city streets and get you from A-to-B in comfort and safety, it also gives you the freedom to open up the roof and head down the coast for a weekend getaway.” – Brodie Bott, Head of Public Affairs, Toyota Australia
Another Aussie first is the inclusion of an optional fan-forced oven and grille, with no less than four cooking racks, in an oven capable of hitting 250ºC.
“The PieAce brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘meals on wheels.’ The oven is innovation at its finest. Our customers know we are always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and the PieAce is taking the Hiace Convertible to the next level. It works a lot like a slow-cooker. All you do is pop an uncooked pie or sausage roll in the PieAce, set it to the desired temperature using the buttons on the steering wheel, and away you go. An alarm on the dash lets the driver know when the pie is cooked and ready to eat. When it’s safe to do so, the driver can bring the Hiace to a complete stop to open up the tailgate to access the retractable PieAce.” – Brodie Bott, Head of Public Affairs, Toyota Australia
Pricing for the Hiace Convertible, and its optional PieAce oven, will be revealed at the new Hiace’s official launch in May. (Actually it won’t, for reasons that are obvious to all but the thickest sods.)