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Toyota adds power to Hiace van range

TOYOTA'S Hiace Powervan is about to become an even more powerful force with the introduction of five new models to improve load versatility, safety and comfort. New rear doors on the standard and long wheelbase models will be of the swing-out variety, which can be set to 90 or 180 degrees for fork lift truck loading.

Previously, the Powervan was only available with a lift-up tailgate. Both versions will be the same price. The new models feature three specification levels, S, GS and GX and two engine choices, 2.4-litre 74bhp naturally-aspirated diesel and 2.7-litre 141bhp petrol. Prices ex-VAT range from £11,770 to £14,490. All Powervans will also gain extra equipment to aid safety and comfort. GX models will feature anti-lock brakes and a driver's airbag as standard, while GS models have a driver's airbag.

All swing-out door Hiaces have redesigned front seats. The cushions have been extended by 20mm and headrest depth by 30mm, for extra driving comfort. The front and rear portions of the driver's seat can also be raised or lowered individually. S and GS models have a two-seater passenger side bench while the GX features an individual seat with armrests. Enginewise, all models have an immobiliser and are linked to the International Security Register, making them traceable in the event of theft. Long wheelbase models now have an increased maximum payload - up to 1,340kg from 1,195kg, thanks to a re-engineered rear suspension.

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