July 16, 2019

PICTURES: Toyota South Africa unveils new Quantum

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TOYOTA has given tour operators and mostly taxi owners something to look forward to in 2019 with the unveiling of the new Toyota Quantum. Drivers are also in for a treat with the 2.8 GD6 engine being the only option.

After 15 years of dominating the people carrier segment, Toyota has revealed a new-generation Quantum van and bus range with advanced safety features, powerful new engines, enhanced ride comfort and increased specification.

A shift to a semi-bonneted design has enabled the development team to implement significant changes with a stiffer frame, stronger straight-line performance, greater stability and manoeuvrability, and more pliant suspensions. This should be a boon with passengers and one would hope it will greatly enhance passenger safety on our roads.

Arriving in South Africa in Q2, the all-new Quantum van will be available with three-seat Panel vans version in long (LWB) and super-long wheelbase (SLWB) configurations and six-seat LWB crew cabs.

The passenger carrying bus range will comprise of 11 (LWB) and 14-seater (SLWB) versions. One would expect the spec to be in GX and GL specification with the Taxi Industry spec “Sesfikile” bus likely to feature later in the model’s lifecycle.

The sixth-generation Quantum range will be offered with one engine spec locally – a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel.

The same engine has 130kW/450Nm in the Hilux range and so its likely to be carried over as is. This will be combined with a 6-speed manual transmission to promote excellent tractability and fuel efficiency.

Excellent cargo capacity – a hallmark of every Quantum – has been maintained at a maximum of 6.2 (LWB) and 9.3 cubic metres (SLWB) – due to longer wheelbases and clever packaging that increases internal width by 215mm, and height by 5mm without altering overall exterior width.

All-new Quantum features a raft of interior storage space, with clever packaging to maximise ease of use and versatility.

LED lighting, console boxes, flip-up seats and netted seat-back pockets help create occupant comfort whilst up to 16 cup/bottle holders are provided.

The bottom edge of the front door is lower and comes with a wider step for easier access. Larger front-door glass and a lower belt line improve visibility. Towing capacity has been expanded to a maximum 2000kg on key variants, an improvement of up to 600kg.

Newly developed MacPherson struts at the front provide excellent handling and stability, as well as ride comfort. In the rear, the new leaf spring suspension span has been increased by 200 mm, extending the bound stroke by an impressive 30 mm for a comfortable ride while enhancing handling and stability.

Customer use has been a priority with new locally developed Toyota Genuine accessories available from launch.

Numerous flat-mount surfaces and anchor points make it easy to alter the vehicle for specialised use. Toyota will also provide a detailed guide to assist body builders.

Full model line-up, specification and pricing will be released closer to launch timing. — Imoto Online

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