Unsatisfied with dominating the local bakkie, SUV and taxi market, Toyota now wishes to claim its share of the luxury shuttle segment with a VX van.

The new SA-spec Quantum VX – which appears to share much with the Granvia unveiled in Australia in July 2019 – slots in at the very summit of the now ten-strong local range. Toyota introduced its new Quantum, with a vastly improved design and superior safety features, during the second quarter of 2019. Broadening the Quantum range is a new VX derivative, which becomes the most expensive van Toyota has yet offered on sale in South Africa. The price for this long-wheelbase derivative? Some R843 600. A nine-service/90 000 km service plan is standard, along with a three-year/100 000 km warranty.

Fueled by the Japanese firm’s recognizable 2,8-litre GD-6 turbodiesel motor (here advertising 115 kW and 420 N.m to the raise pivot by means of a six-speed programmed transmission), the newcomer is set separated from standard Quantum variations by an expansive chrome-effect grille highlighting three flat braces and flanked by standard Driven headlamps. A lean chrome-effect strip, in the meantime, joins the Driven foglamps within the lower bumper.

Not at all like a few of its rivals, the Quantum is rear-wheel drive, which gives it prevalent footing when completely stacked and having to arrange a soak and winding guesthouse carport or lodging stopping zone. In spite of the fact that the minibus taxi industry is where Quantum built up its notoriety in South Africa, the unused VX 9-seater subordinate offers inns and carry companies an opportunity to include a few amazing Toyota unwavering quality to their armadas.

Inside, you find a pair of captain’s chairs in the second row, two more individual seats in the third row and a bench for three in the final row. There’s also independent rear climate control and “multiple USB ports” for passengers sited back there. Quilted leather upholstery is used throughout, while some seats are equipped with a power-adjustable backrest and a fold-out ottoman. There are also power-operated sliding doors on either side of the vehicle and Toyota’s audio-visual navigation touchscreen infotainment system.

Seat comfort is an important aspect of any shuttle vehicle. The Quantum VX9 has four Captain’s chairs which feature armrests, reclining backrests and fold-out business class type leg rests. Complimenting the VX’s quilted leather seats are wood veneers, which warm the cabin ambiance, and soft blue LED mood lighting.

Toyota offers a comprehensive security bundle with its extravagance Quantum. There are nine-airbags and raise cross-traffic alarm, the last mentioned being a extraordinary collision evasion highlight. Cross-traffic caution cautions you of an drawing closer vehicle after you are switching out of a stopping narrows in a long vehicle such as the Quantum, with its larger profile and dazzle spots, this is often an extraordinary security highlight.

Although the minibus taxi industry is where Quantum established its reputation in South Africa, the new VX 9-seater derivative offers hotels and shuttle companies an opportunity to add some legendary Toyota reliability to their fleets.

By Noni Nchwe