The Toyota Granace is a full-size van with a total height of 5.3m that boasts a spacious and luxurious interior space. As at the writing of this article in May 2023, the Toyota Granace is still relatively difficult to find in Kenya.
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Shock with a total length of 5.3m and a total width of about 2m
At the Tokyo Motor Show held from the end of October to the beginning of November 2019, the Toyota Granace was exhibited at the Toyota Auto Body booth and attracted a lot of attention. With a total length of 5.3m and a width of 1.97m, it is a full-size wagon with a wide body that surpasses the Alphard/Vellfire LL-size minivans, giving it an overwhelming presence. This Gran Ace was announced on November 25, 2019, and sales began on December 16.
The Gran Ace is a model that has already been sold in Southeast Asia and Australia, and adopts a body package that features a short bonnet and a driver’s seat on the rear end of the engine. Taking advantage of the large body size of 5.3m in total length, the entry grade G seats 8 people and the advanced grade seats 6 people.
Strong front design and imposing rear design
As for the exterior design, the large front grill and headlights with plated parts stand out. The front view creates a gorgeous and strong impression by projecting vertically and horizontally.
The rear design also emphasizes the innovativeness of the rear combination lamps with a band of LED light, and the uniquely designed rear combination lamps pointing upward and the back door garnish are laid out at a high position to express a dignified presence. increase.
Surprisingly good small turning performance
Despite its large size of 5.3m in length and 1.97m in width, it achieves a minimum turning radius of 5.6m (with 17-inch tires), which indicates good handling. Optimal steering angle and gear ratio settings enable smooth tire movement, ensuring good maneuverability in urban areas.
The 17-inch tires are equipped with aluminum wheels with a radial spoke design that makes them look larger. The shaving texture and metallic coating express a sense of luxury and stability. A total of four body colors are available, including the paid color White Pearl Crystal Shine.
Spacious interior space, 4-row seats are also available
The interior of the Gran Ace has an overwhelmingly large interior space with an interior length of 3,290 mm (premium, G is 3,365 mm) and an interior width of 1,735 mm. We have set different layouts for riding to meet a variety of needs.
The upper-grade premium uses dedicated executive power seats for four seats in the second and third rows. In addition to the comfort of sitting, it is equipped with a long slide mechanism, a power reclining mechanism, a power ottoman, a comfortable heating function, etc., and pursues not only convenience but also comfort.
The 2nd row of the 4-row G has executive power seats, the 3rd row has relaxing captain seats that can be adjusted with a lever, and the 4th row has a 6:4 split tip-up seat that pops up with a single touch. We adopt it and respond flexibly to the number of passengers and the amount of luggage.
The black-based low and wide instrument panel has a metallic decoration on the air conditioner outlet, and a wood grain decoration on the front of the front passenger seat to create a gorgeous look. The meter hood is wrapped in leather and genuine stitching, and the handle is made of genuine leather.
Sandwich steel plates are used for the dash panel that separates the engine compartment from the interior, and damping and sound-absorbing materials are effectively placed to achieve a level of quietness suitable for a luxury wagon. increase.
The engine is 2.8L diesel only, and the drive system is FR!
The engine installed in the Gran Ace is a 2.8L in-line 4-cylinder diesel turbo that generates a maximum output of 177ps and a maximum torque of 450Nm.
The combined transmission is a 6-speed AT, and pulls the Gran Ace, which weighs about 2.7 tons, with a torque of 450 Nm from a low rotation range of 1,600 rpm. The drive system is only 2WD (FR), and the WLTC mode fuel consumption is 10.0km/L.
Naturally enhanced safety equipment and connectivity
Safety equipment includes Toyota Safety Sense, a preventative safety package that employs pre-crash safety that detects pedestrians (day and night) and cyclists (daytime). “Intelligent Clearance Sonar [Parking Support Brake (Stationary Objects)]” contributes to reducing collisions, and “Rear Cross” detects vehicles approaching from the left and right rear when reversing in a parking lot and controls the brakes if there is a possibility of collision. There are also functions that support safety and security, such as the traffic auto brake [parking support brake (rear approaching vehicle)], and the “digital inner mirror” that displays the image of the vehicle’s rear camera on the display in the mirror by operating the switching lever.
Display audio and DCM (in-vehicle communication device) are also standard equipment on all models, strengthening cooperation with smartphones and enabling the use of connected services.
In terms of passenger capacity, rivals include the Hiace Wagon in addition to the Alphard/Vellfire.