THE day has finally come for the world to say goodbye to one of Toyota’s best known nameplates, with news that the Toyota Tarago will cease to exist at the end of this year, set to be replaced by Toyota’s new luxury 8-seater, the Granvia.
Arriving in Australia in the fourth quarter of this year, Toyota will offer the HiAce based van with a single power train and two grades, and will directly target high end hospitality, family and corporate buyers.
The Granvia takes the concept of a large luxury wagon to the next level with premium seating for eight, a full suite of Toyota Safety Sense features and four-link coil-sprung rear suspension to deliver superlative ride comfort and stable handling.
Toyota Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley said the new Granvia offered true luxury transport to meet the needs of those desiring a large spacious cabin, supreme comfort and superior refinement.
“Whether you are in need of a five-star hotel shuttle, corporate transport for senior executives or just a large luxury family wagon, the new Granvia fits the bill,” Mr Hanley said.
“With a stylish European-inspired design, outstanding comfort, refined performance, a high level of safety features and impressive list of standard appointments, the new Granvia really is the last word in luxury people movers,” he said.
The Granvia will be offered with a refined, fuel-efficient turbo-diesel engine and feature such luxuries as power sliding rear side doors, electrically-adjustable driver’s and second row captain’s seats and leather-accented upholstery.
On-road entertainment and information will be provided by Toyota’s fully connected, latest generation advanced multimedia system that will be available with four USB ports and a total of 12 speakers.
Safety is assured too with both models featuring nine airbags, and active cruise control and pre-collision safety system (PCS) with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection among the many driver-assistance features.
The Granvia will take over the role that the long-standing Toyota Tarago has played, but more than simply a replacement, the Granvia will take the luxury people mover to new heights.
The Toyota Tarago was first launched in Australia in 1983 and since then it has grown through four generations and has consistently been a popular choice with 104,229 sales through to the end of 2018.
Full specifications and pricing for the new 2020 Toyota Granvia will be available closer to launch.