Toyota expands their people carrying ability with Coaster

Toyota launches fit for purpose medium sized people carrier

Reuben Van Niekerk
Toyota Coaster
Toyota
The Coaster

Toyota is expanding their people carrying capability with the introduction of a medium-sized people mover, the Coaster. The Coaster will slot into the line up between the 16-seater Quantum and Hino 300 based bus conversions.

 

The Coaster has a long history in other markets. It was introduced in 1969 as a single-deck mini-bus, seating 17 and various iterations have followed. The current fourth-generation model went on sale in 2017 and featured an increase in length, width and window height, it was also the first to be designed by Toyota’s incorporated Commercial Vehicle company.

 

Under the bonnet

Powering the Coaster is a 4.0-litre inline-four turbo diesel engine that offers 100kW at 3000rpm and 353Nm at 1600rpm. Sourced from Hino, the engine is paired to a five-speed manual transmission that drives the rear wheels.

 

Layout and seating

The Coaster features a 23-seater layout, with six single seats on the passenger side, six double-seats on the driver side and a four-seater bench in the rear with a focus on passenger comfort. The interior, including the seats and floor trim, is finished in a highly durable PVC.

 

Specification and features

The Coaster features simple to use and robust switchgear around the driver and urethane finishes have been employed on the steering wheel and gear lever. A tilt and telescopic steering wheel, Multi-Information Display, 12-volt power outlet and Toyota audio system with Aux and USB functionality are included as standard. Toyota’s Connect in-car telematics and Wi-Fi system is standard fitment.

 

Safety features include ABS, Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Force Distribution as well as driver and passenger airbags.

 

Model line-up and pricing

The Coaster is sold with a six-service/60 000km service plan and three-year/120 000km warranty.

 

Coaster 4.0D 5MT LWB                          R899 900

 

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