Did you think that the Hiace would make a great cargo van if there weren’t any seats inside? If so, it seems you aren’t alone. Toyota Motor Philippines has thought of the same thing and is now offering the ever-popular Hiace as a cargo van.
Called the Hiace Cargo, it is essentially a previous-generation Hiace with no seats inside except for the first-row. Yes, for those who don’t know, TMP still sells the old Hiace to this day alongside the current Hiace and Super Grandia models. However, the only variant that remains is entry-level Commuter often used as company shuttles or in UV express services. Today, a new variant joins the old Hiace Commuter albeit as a cargo van.
“TMP in pursuit of providing for the needs of the market, it has introduced the Hiace Cargo to cater to customers who have requirements to transport load in a safe and secure way. It is also timely as we are also able to cater to the needs of the market for goods transfer during this pandemic situation. The Philippines is the largest Hiace market outside Japan. We want to continue expanding our Hiace line-up for more versatile use,” said Sherwin Chualim, Toyota Motor Philippines First Vice President for Vehicle Sales Operations.
Given the big tailgate, sliding door, and the huge space inside, even the biggest parcels can fit inside the Hiace Cargo. With the ever-reliable Toyota diesel engine under the hood, the Hiace Cargo certainly would make for a great commercial vehicle. It might even be TMP’s answer to the immortal Mitsubishi L300. Interestingly enough, Toyota has not turned it into a full-on panel van as the rear windows still remain.
The Hiace Cargo will go on sale this July and will retail for PhP 1,101,000.