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Toyota has announced that it will be introducing the GranAce for the Japanese market later this year following its official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.
The MPV is identical to the Granvia revealed for the Australian market earlier this year, as well as the Majesty model sold in Thailand. Based on the sixth-generation H300 HiAce that was revealed earlier this year, the 5.3 metre-long GranAce will be available in two seating arrangements for the domestic market, as a three-row six-seater and as a a four-row eight-seater.
Externally, it’s a dead ringer for the Granvia, with the same large, multi-louvred chrome grille and twin-lens LED headlamps at the front. It’s also shod with the same wheels. Likewise, the interior, with identical wood-grain trim and colour combinations. The second and third rows feature leather captain seats, and items in the equipment list includes an ottoman mechanism and a Display Audio system, complete with a smartphone linkage function.
There’s only one engine option available for the GranAce, and that’s a 1GD-FTV 2.8 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel, which is also found on the Granvia. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
A trailing-link rigid-axle rear suspension replaces the leaf-spring setup from the HiAce, and this provides the MPV with a luxurious, comfortable ride and also stable handling. The GranAce also features additional sound insulation for improved NVH levels
The GranAce will be equipped with the automaker’s suite of Toyota Safety Sense features, including a pre-collision safety system (PCS) with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection. There’s also Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Parking Support Brakes (Stationary Objects), which helps reduce and/or mitigate damage from collisions during low-speed driving, for example, in parking lots.