Toyota expands Coaster range

Toyota adds additional engine option to Coaster range

Reuben Van Niekerk
Toyota Coaster

Toyota has expanded their Coaster offering with the addition of a GL variant fitted with a 2.8 GD-6 engine and an automatic gearbox.


The Coaster fills the gap between the 16-seater Quantum and Hino 300-based bus conversions and provides local customers with a unique mobility solution.


The current fourth generation model went on sale internationally in 2017 and in South Africa in 2021. It features an increase in length, width and window height.


Under the bonnet

The Coaster was initially only available with a 4.0 litre turbo diesel engine sourced from the Hino range and coupled to a five-speed manual transmission. Toyota has now expanded their offering to include a more modern powertrain.


The 2.8 GD-6 common rail diesel engine offers 110kW and 420Nm, which is a significant improvement over the 4.0D engine that has been the only engine option since launch. The GD-6 is also conveniently fitted with a six-speed automatic gearbox making it easier and more comfortable to drive.


Inside story

Seating capacity remains unchanged with the Coaster being able to carry 23 passengers. 23 seats including the driver include single-file seats on the passenger side, six-double-seats on the driver side and four-seater bench in the rear, offering seating for 22 passengers. The Coaster GL is fitted with fabric seats as opposed to the PVC material previously employed. PVC floor trim remains due to its hardwearing and easy to clean nature. Courtesy lamps add a practical yet premium touch, especially when off loading passengers at night.


Specification and features

The Coaster features simple to use and robust switchgear around the driver. A tilt and telescopic steering wheel, Multi-Information Display, 12-volt power outlet and Toyota audio system with Aux and USB that now also includes touchscreen and Bluetooth functionality, are included. The Toyota Connect in-car telematics and Wi-Fi system is fitted as standard.


ABS, Brake Assist and EBD as well as Hill Assist Control and Vehicle Stability Control remain standard fitment.



The Coaster is sold with a six services /60 000km service plan, and a three year/100 000km warranty. The Coaster 2.8D GL 6AT is priced from R998 600.