Toyota GranAce buyer's guide in Malaysia – 6/8-seater diesel MPV – Paul Tan's Automotive News

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Toyota GranAce
The Toyota GranAce is a large MPV built on a ladder frame chassis that underpins the sixth generation H300 Toyota Hiace commercial van. It is rear wheel drive, with MacPherson strut front suspension and a trailing-link rigid-axle rear suspension with coil springs.
Although the underpinnings may be van-based, the GranAce is built like a luxury MPV, which is nothing unusual as it is similar to what Mercedes-Benz has done with their Vito Tourer, turning it into a more premium product called the Mercedes-Benz V-Class.
The Toyota GranAce is sold in Japan, and has also been launched in a few other countries. A few notable right hand drive markets for the GranAce outside of Japan include the Thailand market, where it was launched as the Toyota Majesty and the Australian market, where it was launched as the Toyota Granvia. In the left hand drive Philippines market, it is known as the Hiace Super Grandia.

What are the pros and cons of using a diesel engine?

Toyota GranAce buyer’s guide – 6/8-seater diesel MPV
In most markets, the GranAce is available with a 2.8 litre four cylinder turbodiesel engine (UAE gets a 3.5 petrol V6). The engine is the familiar 1GD-FTV which we will find locally in the Toyota Fortuner and the Toyota Hilux. The Toyota GranAce’s engine outputs 177 PS at 3,400 rpm and 450 Nm of torque from 1,600-2,400 rpm, which is a little less power and torque compared to the Hilux/Fortuner’s 204 PS, 500 Nm tune. Drive goes to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The biggest benefit of using a diesel engine would be fuel economy. Diesel engines are usually significantly more economical compared to a petrol engine. The typical consumption of a diesel MPV of this size is around 10L per 100 km. An MPV like the Alphard/Vellfire with its normally aspirated petrol engine averages upwards of 14L per 100 km. The GranAce has a 70 litre fuel tank, which we suspect could easily take it 700 km or so per tankful. This means less stops to refuel on long journeys.
The cons is of course less refinement compared to a petrol engine, both in terms of noise levels, vibration and smell. If your driving pattern for your MPV so happens to involve a lot of idling while waiting, the whole area would be enveloped by the smell of diesel exhaust, which isn’t very pleasant.

How big is the Toyota GranAce?

Toyota GranAce buyer’s guide – 6/8-seater diesel MPV
Toyota GranAce buyer’s guide – 6/8-seater diesel MPV
How big is the Toyota GranAce? It’s big! Here’s the exterior dimensions compared with other three and four row MPVs available in Malaysia, such as the Toyota Alphard, Hyundai Staria, the four-row Mercedes-Benz Vito Tourer (extra long wheelbase) and the three-row Mercedes-Benz V-Class (long wheelbase)
The Toyota GranAce is second in terms of length at 5300 mm, which is 70 mm less than the longest vehicle, the Vito Tourer, and 355 mm more than the shortest vehicle, the Toyota Alphard. The GranAce is tied with the Hyundai Staria for the tallest vehicle in the group, both standing at 1990 mm. The GranAce has the third longest wheelbase at 3210 mm. It’s 220 mm less than the longest wheelbase vehicle, the Vito Tourer, and 210 mm more than the vehicle with the shortest wheelbase, the Toyota Alphard.

What seating arrangements are available for the Toyota GranAce?

As far as we can tell, there are three different seating configurations for the Toyota GranAce. Here is a list of seat configurations as well as the market each config is sold in.
1. Three row, 6-seater
Toyota GranAce buyer’s guide – 6/8-seater diesel MPV
The GranAce is available as a three-row 6-seater in the Japan and Australian markets. In Japan, this option is called the Premium, while in Australia, both the Granvia and Granvia VX specs are available with this three-row 6-seater option.
The six seats have a 2-2-2 configuration. Both the second row and third row seats are “captain chair” style seats with fully covered side armrests.

2. Four row, 8-seater
Toyota GranAce buyer’s guide – 6/8-seater diesel MPV
For those who want more seating capacity, the GranAce is also available as a four-row, 8-seater in both Japan and Australia. In Japan, this spec is called the G spec, while in Australia it’s known as the Granvia 8-seater and Granvia VX 8-seater.
The eight seats have a 2-2-2-2 configuration. Only the second row has covered side armrests. The third row consists of two individual seats but they use fold-down style armrests. The fourth row is a bench that looks like it can seat three, but there are only 2 seatbelts and the middle seat’s base has a storage hole in it.
3. Four row, 11-seater
Toyota GranAce buyer’s guide – 6/8-seater diesel MPV
This seating configuration is not available in Japan or Australia, but is available with the Toyota Majesty in Thailand and the Toyota Hiace Super Grandia in the Philippines. It has 11 seats in a 3-2-2-4 config.
For this config, the first row has three seats – if you really wanted to if you asked someone small to sit in between the driver and the front passenger.
The second and third rows look identical to the 8-seater version, but the fourth row has four narrower seat bases with a total of four sets of seatbelts. Being able to sit four people abreast is impressive and is a testament to just how big this MPV is, but the seats of this four seater bench will probably suit thinner people better and may not be suitable for child seat installation as they may not be wide enough.
Note that no matter if you pick a three row or four row option, the GranAce will be equipped with three rows of roof-mounted aircond vents positioned at the side in the rear cabin as standard. They have their own roof-mounted controls in the typical position right above the second row.

What safety features does the Toyota GranAce have?

In terms of safety, the Toyota GranAce has 9 airbags, including driver’s seat, passenger seat, driver’s knee, 2x front curtain shield, 2x rear curtain shield, 2x side airbag.
It also has the Toyota Safety Sense suite, including Lane Departure Alert with steering assist, Pre-Collision Safety system with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, Road Sign Assist (speed signs only), Automatic High Beam and Active Cruise Control (high speed).
One interesting feature is a digital rear view mirror, which displays a feed from a rear camera instead of relying on a physical mirror.

How much is the Toyota GranAce priced in Malaysia?

Toyota GranAce buyer’s guide – 6/8-seater diesel MPV
The only way for you to buy a Toyota GranAce in Malaysia is via the grey import market, because UMW Toyota Motor does not sell it here officially.
The Toyota GranAce stock here in Malaysia at the grey importers are all from Japan, which means you’ll have either a choice of the 6-seater Premium or the 8-seater G spec. We have full galleries of sample stock found in Malaysia below so you can check it out.
As of time of publishing (end May 2023), prices range from RM339k all the way up to for a 2020 model up to RM433k for a 2022 model. There does not appear to be any significant price difference between the Premium spec and the G spec, it seems you pay about the same price no matter if you buy a three-row 6 seater model or a four-row 8 seater model.
As far as we can tell, there’s no four-row 11 seater model like the Thai spec Toyota Majesty available for purchase in Malaysia. We can’t import Thai cars in as grey imports either, so no luck via that route.

Will Malaysia ever get an officially imported Toyota GranAce?

Toyota GranAce buyer’s guide – 6/8-seater diesel MPV
We wonder if UMW Toyota Motor plans to bring the GranAce in anytime in the future. Toyota Australia replaced the Tarago (Estima) with this model. We used to have the Estima sold here as the Previa positioned under the Vellfire. Perhaps this could occupy a similar positioning in the Malaysian line-up? Pricing could be competitive if the four row model is sold given the advantageous tax structure here.
Yes, in Malaysia four-row MPVs get a commercial vehicle loophole of sorts, which results in the massive price difference between the three-row Staria Premium and the four-row Staria 10-seater. It’s how the 10-seater can be priced at RM210k for the Max but the 7-seater goes for RM358k. The four-row model simply attracts less tax.
In the Thai market, the Majesty went for 1.7 million baht up to 2.199 million baht for the top spec. That’s RM230k-RM290k. In Japan, the GranAce Premium is priced at 6.5 million yen (RM213k) while the GranAce G goes for 6.2 million yen (RM204k).
If the GranAce four-row gets the same tax benefits as the four-row Staria, it can probably be priced at RM250k and below here in Malaysia, which is pretty competitive against the Staria Max’s RM210k pricing.

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After dabbling for years in the IT industry, Paul Tan initially began this site as a general blog covering various topics of personal interest. With an increasing number of readers paying rapt attention to the motoring stories, one thing led to another and the rest, as they say, is history.
If the Alphards and Vellfires are ugly, this one is another notch up in the ugliness index.
it’s suitable for tour agency mode of transport for small pax tourist, a mini tour bus ok
velllfire n alphard is a commonly used as vehicle for last route. the name majestic is a confirmation for its functionality.
Usually ppl mod Mercedes Benz nowadays for last route:
The current Alphard simply too sporty for that purpose.
Too sporty? Looks it’s subjective but the Vellphards are so Jinjang looking Ahbeng van.
The Estima is actually prettiest Toyota mpv ever made imo. It is the most practical one too as it can store the 3rd row seats under the boot floor. I personally like to own one if i have the money even i am just 24 years old.
the rear is super ugly… the design doesn’t justify the price tag.
Betul, It do looks like the BMW G30 5 series rearlamp though.
“Bold and bright”
Diesels is not just economy only, for big people mover is TORQUE they want, noise is not true as well. Once cruising because of the high torque, the engine cruises at lower RPMS significantly reducing NVH. High torque also means less gear changes going uphill again less jerkiness to passengers. Diesels are the best at long cruising
The 3rd and 4th row seats are difficult to access and space is at a premium at the back throughout. To find any comfort on the 2nd row would involve cramping the 3rd and 4th row tremendously.
It is a luxury car only in price, unfortunately
everyone other country in SEA : Hiace
malaysia wawasan 2040 : Jinbei, Foton
i dont know why its priced that way,its clearly has an agricultural platform which doesn’t exactly translate to a smooth luxurious drive as the price might suggest…just because it has a captain chair it doesn’t make it a comfortable vehicle…this actually had nothing to do the Alphard /Estima platform which is comfort orientated from the grounds up….this is clearly built for people/goods hauling….
You can blame in on AP…and importer greed as these are all grey imports. Yes, it does not make sense.
The typical consumption of a diesel MPV of this size is around 10L per 100 km. An MPV like the Alphard/Vellfire with its normally aspirated petrol engine averages upwards of 14L per 100 km.
Wow and people still associate Toyota with frugal and obviously it is a different class and pricing but it looks bad when X90, 5008, or other premium 7 seaters can consume half the fuel consumption or more as stated.
Best coffin car. The moment accident, straight can tapow and tanam or send to nirwana.
Not going to pay for more than RM200k only to get manual hand brake. You are not going to do some drifting with this van. Electromechanical hand brake is more suitable nowadays.
Says much about UMW when they can’t even be bothered to bring in the new Hiace. Having the few decade old platform soldier on.
Crucial for builders, the new Hiace can fit sheets of plywood completely flat between the wheel humps…something and annoyingly, the current Hiace can’t do. Not to mention the change in layout for better safety for the driver. Makes a big difference for a work can.
Personally, beyond work i’m just waiting for the box van to do a campervan conversion.
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