Toyota Granvia eight-seater MPV announced for Australia – Estima replacement goes on sale Q4 2019

Toyota Granvia eight-seater MPV announced for Australia – Estima replacement goes on sale Q4 2019

Toyota has announced that it will begin selling the new Granvia in Australia later this year. The MPV, which is based on the sixth-generation H300 HiAce that made its debut in the Philippines in February, will replace the Tarago – known in other markets as the Estima – in the local line-up. There will be a slight overlap period in which both vehicles will be sold together, until the Tarago is discontinued at the end of 2019.

The underpinnings may be van-based, but the Grandia will go on sale as an upmarket eight-seater people mover, complete with a premium seating configuration and an Alphard-esque front, which has a rather sedate-looking grille compared to that on the Lexus LM.

Aimed at hospitality, corporate and family buyers, the Granvia will be available in two model grades in Australia. Both will be powered by the sole engine option for that market, a 1GD-FTV 2.8 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel. There’s no mention of transmission, but the mill should be paired with a six-speed automatic.

Ditching the leaf-spring setup on the HiAce, the Granvia will ride on a four-link coil-sprung rear suspension, which the automaker says will deliver superlative ride comfort and stable handling. The cabin gets a more premium outlook, courtesy of faux-wood trim, leather uplhostery and second-row captain’s seats, which are electrically-adjustable.

Specifications include power-sliding rear side doors, a 12-speaker advanced multimedia system and a host of connectivity options, including four USB ports.

The MPV will come with a full suite of Toyota Safety Sense features, active cruise control and pre-collision safety system (PCS) with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection being among the driver-assistance features. Both model grades will also be equipped with nine airbags.

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Comments

  • seancorr (Member) on May 23, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    I managed to get a ride in one of this in the Philippines and it’s a lot better than the previous HiAce

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    • But, is it as good as an Estima to ride in?

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      • MamagopaGogo on May 24, 2019 at 12:42 am

        cant beat Estima diff sagment , Estima luxury and sporty mpv and this is a work horse / van converted to a so call luxury mpv just to cost down the R&D for the next generation Estima

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  • Vader on May 23, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Toyota are constantly redefining the meaning of Effing Ugliness!

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  • Darth on May 23, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Nicely

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  • vVivi Zurianti on May 23, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Estima is being replaced by a brick on wheels?? No!!!!

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    • Market shares for mpv/minivans are reducing & disappearing ….only msian & few asian countries ppl are stillbuying this boxes while the rest of the world hv moved to more stylish sporty looking SUVs in droves! No sane ppl in the rest of the world will want to be seen in these minvans boxes …most western countries hv ceased selling this vans

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  • Van based Estima?No, thanks. on May 23, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Are they trying to sell commercial vans at premium prices for a higher profit margin?Nomatter what they do to the design to make it look more premium, it is just cosmetics. With the minor upgrades to the mechanicals,the ride quality will still be very much similar to a commercial van designed to carry heavy loads.So why pay a high price for a van?

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  • The braces are so expensive

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