A bigger engine and a bonnet bulge highlight the changes to the latest generation Toyota Quantum people mover and panel van – although the Ses’fikile Commuter remains unchanged and will be built on the older platform at Toyota’s Prospecton, Durban facility.
The change from a ‘cab-over’ to ‘semi-bonnet’ design provides for a more spacious interior and modernised look with enhanced aerodynamics. This has increased the overall length and passenger space, with improved leg room and seating comfort.
The front design includes a united radiator grille and headlamps. GL Bus models receive chrome treatment to the grille as well as vertical LED Daytime Running Lights, fog lamps and colour-coded bumpers and door handles.
Other exterior features for the Quantum include newly-designed 16-inch steel wheels, as well as multi-functional side mirrors (power-retractable on GL models) to enhance visibility.
The Quantum range comprises new panel van and bus derivatives, with the option of 3-seater panel vans in long wheelbase (LWB) and heightened-roof super-long wheelbase (SLWB) configurations, as well as a six-seater long wheelbase (LWB) crew cab.
The ‘GL’ Bus range offers 11-seater long wheel base (LWB) and 14-seater super long wheelbase (SLWB) versions.
The Quantum’s new 2,8-litre engine adopts a turbo-charger with intercooler, which helps produce powerful dynamic performance while enhancing fuel economy and quietness.
The four-cylinder, engine delivers maximum power of 130 kW at 3400 r/min and peak torque of 420 Nm at 1 400 r/min – 2 600 r/min, on all panel vans and the 11-seater bus model. The 14-seater bus delivers power of 115 kW at 3600 r/min and peak torque of 420 Nm at 1 600 r/min – 2 200 r/min.
A MacPherson strut suspension is adopted for the front and a leaf spring suspension for the rear with braking provided by front ventilated discs and rear drum brakes
Spacious seating measurements have been attained by increasing the cabin length and width for better legroom and headroom. The seat material on the GL Bus models is presented in natural beige with a combination of synthetic leather and fabric. The Panel Van range seats are fashioned in grey fabric.
The width of the sliding-door opening has been increased by 70 mm, enhancing the ease of access in combination with a large step (with LED lamp on GL Bus). The sliding-door opening on the SLWB Panel Van has been widened, enabling Euro-size pallets to be loaded via the side and rear sliding doors.
On the GL Bus models, the anterior of the front side mirrors has been lowered and a large quarter glass installed to help ensure excellent forward visibility. An auxiliary mirror has been added, enabling checking in the downward field of view.
A high-performance manual air-conditioning system (model specific) is adopted, which enables control of the air for the rear seat passengers (where applicable) from the AC controller on the instrument panel. Roof-mounted air vents (where provided), help create a comfortable space for all occupants.
The new Quantum is equipped anti-lock braking with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill-Assist Control (HAC) and Trailer Sway Control (TSC).
Passive safety systems include driver and front passenger crash bags and, with the adoption of the semi-bonnet configuration, impact energy in the event of a collision is absorbed. For security, a wireless door lock and an alarm and immobiliser are provided.
The 16-seater Ses’fikile Commuter will be renamed Hiace and continue to be built on the current platform (previous Quantum) at Toyota South Africa’s Prospecton production facility. The Hiace name is well known and trusted in South Africa, and pays homage to the iconic ‘Siyaya’ commuter busses of the 90’s. The Hiace Ses’fikile will retain the 2,7-litre petrol and 2,5-litre diesel engine and drivetrain.
QUANTUM MODEL LINE-UP AND PRICING
• Quantum 2.8 LWB GL Bus 11-seater – R 597 700
• Quantum 2.8 SLWB GL Bus 14-seater – R 613 500
• Quantum 2.8 LWB Panel Van 3-seater – R 473 900
• Quantum 2.8 LWB Panel Van 3-seater (AC) – R 481 400
• Quantum 2.8 SLWB Panel Van 3-seater – R 509 500
• Quantum 2.8 SLWB Panel Van 3-seater (AC) – R 517 000
• Quantum 2.8 LWB Crew Cab 6-seater – R 482 600
• Quantum 2.8 LWB Crew Cab 6-seater (AC) – R 490 100
• Quantum 2.8 LWB Crew Cab 6-seater (Front & Rear AC) – R 495 600
HIACE MODEL LINE-UP AND PRICING
• Hiace Ses’fikile 2.7 16s – R 419 100
• Hiace Ses’fikile 2.5D 16s – R 444 200
All Quantum models come with a 9-service/90 000 km service plan with service intervals set at 12-months/10 000 km. Toyota’s standard 3-year/100 000 km warranty is also provided.