The vehicle that defined passenger and cargo transportation in South Africa has done it again.
The latest Toyota Quantum guarantees practicality and comfort levels with reinvented power delivery, extra convenience and cargo-carrying ability, added safety features and an ultra-modern new look.
The biggest departure from the previous Quantum model is undoubtedly the change from a “cab-over” to a “semi-bonnet”. It gives a more spacious interior and modernised look with enhanced aerodynamics.
This stylish revision has increased the overall length, with improved leg room and seating comfort. The Quantum range comprises new panel van and bus derivatives, with the option of three-seater panel vans in long wheelbase and heightened-roof super-long wheelbase configurations, as well as a six-seater long wheelbase crew cab. The GL Bus range offers 11-seater long-wheel base (LWB) and 14-seater super-long wheelbase versions.
The new 2.8-litre engine adopts a turbocharger with intercooler, which produces powerful dynamic performance while enhancing fuel economy. The four-cylinder engine delivers maximum power of 130kW at 3400rpm and peak torque of 420Nm at 1400 to 2600rpm on all panel vans and the 11-seater bus model.
The 14-seater bus delivers power of 115kW and peak torque of 420Nm. Its six-speed manual transmission is tuned to achieve top-class fuel economy and excellent dynamic performance, while gear shifting is smooth.
Built with passengers in mind, the all-new Quantum is clothed with comfort and convenience. The width of the sliding-door opening has been increased by 70mm, enhancing the ease of access with a large step (with LED lamp on GL Bus). Its active and passive safety technologies include anti-lock braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution, stability control and trailer sway control.
The 16-seater Ses’fikile Commuter will be renamed Hiace, paying homage to the iconic commuter busses of the ’90s. The Hiace Ses’fikile will retain the 2.7-litre petrol and 2.5-litre diesel engine.