Toyota South Africa has moved the Quantum into new territory with the introduction of a full-spec high-end luxury version aimed at business, hospitality and corporate users.
The angular design of the Quantum becomes amplified with the addition of a large chrome-finished radiator grille with three horizontal slats which flow from the stylised LED headlamps. A thin chrome strip bridges the opposing LED fog lamps in the lower front apron. The wheel and tyre package comprises 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 235-60-R17 tyres.
Chrome exterior door handles and mirrors tie in with the front chromed elements. The mirrors additionally feature power adjustment, auto-retracting and blind spot monitoring functions. At the rear, a prominent chrome garnish, VX-badging and LED light elements distinguish the up-market VX variant from the rest of the range.
The Quantum VX provides limousine-like cabin comfort and refinement for up to eight passengers (9-seater) with large captain’s chairs, independent rear climate control and multiple USB ports to keep devices fully charged for business or entertainment.
The interior layout feature a rear cabin with four individual reclining Captain’s chairs (with armrests and fold out ‘ottoman’ leg-rests) in the second and third row, complemented by a three-seat 60/40-split bench in the rear.
Driver and passengers are well catered for with front and rear climate control, smart entry and start, dual power-operated sliding doors and Toyota’s Audio Visual Navigation (AVN) touchscreen infotainment system.
Along with the high level of comfort and convenience features, the Quantum VX features an array of driver assistance features as part of the Toyota Safety Sense suite, which includes pre-collision safety system (PCS) with pedestrian detection (day and night) and cyclist detection (day only)3; high-speed active cruise control; lane departure alert; road sign assist; and automatic high beam.
Using camera and radar sensors, the PCS is designed to detect vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists and assists the driver with visual and audible warnings, braking assistance or autonomous emergency braking if the driver fails to heed the warning.
The lane departure alert function will warn the driver if the system detects that the car has deviated from its lane with visual and audible alerts and if necessary, provide steering assistance via the braking system.
The system also incorporates a road sign assist system that is able to recognise certain speed limit signs and display them on the multi information display (MID) in the instrument cluster.
Other advanced safety features include blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera with guide lines and nine airbags.
Powering the Quantum VX is Toyota’s four-cylinder 2,8-litre GD-6 turbo-diesel engine, with outputs of 115 kW at 3 600 r/min and 420 Nm from 1 600 r/min, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels.
A 9-service/90 000 km service plan is provided as standard with the warranty terms pegged at 3-year/100 000 km.