Quantum leap for new TOYOTA MINIBUS
SA’s perennial people mover promises advanced safety systems, a new diesel engine and improved ride comfort. Available in a van and minibus shape, the new passenger and cargo carrier is said to feature advanced safety systems, a new engine and improved ride comfort.
The luxury VX version, competes against vehicles like the Hyundai H1 and VW Kombi.
The imported new-generation Quantum won’t replace the current locally produced Toyota Ses’fikile minibus taxi, which will continue in its current form, says Toyota SA.
The new, imported Quantum has shifted to a semi-bonneted design that reportedly has enabled the development of a stiffer frame that creates stronger straight-line performance, greater stability and manoeuvrability, and more supple suspensions.
Unlike the outgoing generation, which offered 2.7l petrol and 2.5ldiesel engines, a solitary 2.8l four-cylinder turbocharged diesel with a six-speed manual transmission now does duty for the entire range.
The new Quantum has reworked interior packaging to maximise ease of use and versatility. LED lighting, console boxes, flip-up seats and netted seat-back pockets are introduced while up to 16 cup or bottle holders are provided. A larger front-door glass and a lower beltline improve visibility.
The suspension and its peripheral parts of the undercarriage have been renewed, and the engine relocated in a semi-bonnet configuration. This helps provide a powerful, stable and quiet ride, for sustained comfort even on long commutes.
The Quantum’s new 2.8-litre engine adopts a turbocharger with intercooler, which helps produce powerful dynamic performance while enhancing fuel economy and quietness.
Transmission and suspension
Its six-speed manual is tuned to simultaneously achieve topclass fuel economy and excellent dynamic performance, while gear shifting is smooth and has a high quality feel. A MacPherson strut suspension is adopted for the front and a leaf spring suspension for the rear – conferring ample
suspension stroke. The suspension helps achieve excellent straight-line stability as well as a quiet and comfortable ride. The braking system – comprising front ventilated discs and rear drum brakes – was designed to deliver reliable stopping performance regardless of the road surface condition, loaded weight, or number of passengers.
The turning circle of the LWB version span 5.5m and 6.4m for the SLWB.
The width of the sliding-door opening has been increased by 70mm, enhancing the ease of access in combination with a large step (with LEDs on GL Bus).
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 with various active and passive safety technologies. The Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) ensure that the maximum braking power is produced without locking the tyres and distributes optimal braking force to the left and right wheels.
The Quantum is also outfitted with Trailer Sway Control (TSC) that will automatically detect excessive movement of the trailer and uses the brakes and engine power to help reduce it, keeping you in control.
Other passive safety systems include driver and front passenger airbags, 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.
All Quantum models come with a nine-year or 90 000 km service plan with service intervals set at 12-months/10 000km. Toyota’s standard three-year/100 000 km warranty is also provided.
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WOW Magazine – Men September 2019