just wondering if the Toyota HiAce has even been available in the USA. I recently discovered the existence of this toyota model and found it VERY VERY attractive. even compared to the Estima & Alphard.
the largest super long wheel base version looks very very nice.
one thing i dont get is what powers it.. a 2.5L, 107 Hp, 4 cylinder engine. the SLWB version itself weighs about 4500 lbs. the 0-60 must be in the teens right? and fully loaded, the acceleration must be horrendous!
btw, with such a little face, do you think the engine is under the driver like the Previa?
This is a picture from C & P Rent-a-Car in Singapore, a tiny island country in Southeast Asia. Yes, Singapore is quite advanced, with miles of multi-laned, access-controlled freeways criss-crossing the island, but because of its tiny size (about the size of a faired-sized North American city, but not a sprawling one like LA), there is really no need to go very fast (provided by high horsepower), or is there really any room to get up to speed quickly (provided by high torque). So, as long as the engine can move the vehicle at a fair speed (keeping up with traffic) without straining much, it is all that is needed.
One question: the engine's power (horsepower) is quoted, but no torque figure is given, so do you know what it is? It is likely that the engine has a relatively high torque figure, a figure that we in North America are not used to for an engine of this size (2.5 liter). It is torque, especially high torque available from lower engine speeds (rpm) that produces good acceleration, not horsepower; power from an engine (which is calculated from the engine's torque and engine revolutions) provides you with the sustained speed.
The horsepower wars were started in Germany and the USA, where there are super freeways and room in which to put it to good use. They were started because there is now so little technologically (for example, all cars now have airbags, computer-controlled engines, etc.) to differentiate one car brand from another, that they had to resort to competing with horsepower. But, there are still many places in the world (including within cities such as Singapore, LA, New York, Toronto, London, ...) where ridiculously high horsepower means very little.