Toyota HiAce: ‘Barn doors’ return on Australia’s best-selling van - Drive

2022-05-14 20:37:49 By : Mr. Chris Fan

Australia's most popular delivery van will be offered with twin rear doors for the first time since 2004.

The Toyota HiAce – Australia’s best-selling van – will soon be offered with the option of twin rear "barn doors."

The variant will be sold alongside popular Toyota Hiace models with a single-piece, roof-hinged tailgate.  

Toyota says the new addition to the Hiace range will be available as part of running model changes from the second half of this year.

Price is yet to be announced. However, if the new Hyundai Staria Load is a guide, buyers will have a choice of tailgates as no-cost options.

The Toyota Hiace also gives buyers the choice of twin sliding doors on each side of the vehicle, one sliding door on the passenger side, or twin sliding doors (with a window on the passenger side).

Advantages of the twin rear "barn door" design include being able to get a forklift closer to the cargo area – and requiring less space behind the vehicle to open the doors in tight spots.

Twin rear doors are also popular with police agencies which use five-seat versions of these vans as caged vehicles to transport prisoners a short distance to the police station.

According to Toyota, “customer feedback resulted in increased choice for consumers.”

No further information has been provided to date, however Toyota says “more details will be revealed” closer to showroom arrivals in the second half of this year.

Drive has contacted Toyota requesting information on pricing, and this story will be updated when we have more information.

While the fourth-generation Toyota HiAce – sold from 1989 to 2004 (shown above) – was available with twin rear "barn doors", the option has not been available in the 18 years since.

Hyundai currently offers the option of "twin swing" barn doors – or a top-hinged tailgate – on its vans at no extra cost.

Drive understands approximately 10 per cent of current-generation Hyundai Staria Load and 15 per cent of the previous-generation Hyundai iLoad vehicles were selected with "twin swing" barn doors.

William Davis has written for Drive since July 2020, covering news and current affairs in the automotive industry. He has maintained a primary focus on industry trends, autonomous technology, electric vehicle regulations, and local environmental policy. As the newest addition to the Drive team, William was brought onboard for his attention to detail, writing skills, and strong work ethic. Despite writing for a diverse range of outlets – including the Australian Financial Review, Robb Report, and Property Observer – since completing his media degree at Macquarie University, William has always had a passion for cars.

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