In 1967, the Toyota Motor Corporation introduced the first Toyota HiAce and since then, it has been offered in several different forms such as minivan (MPV) and minibus, van, pickup, taxi and ambulance.
First Generation (H10; 1967–1977)
The first generation model of Hiace was launched in 1967 and was available as cab-over-pickup, delivery van and commuter vehicle. In camper van configuration, it was often referred to as the Hiace Commercial.
Hiace was popular in European market and exported to African countries where it is used as public transport vehicles.
Second Generation (H20, H30, H40; 1977–1982)
In 1977, the second generation Hiace was introduced as a more streamlined cab with sing headlights. Apart from the petrol engine, it was offered in 2.2-L diesel engine in many markets. The second generation Hiace was offered as a double-cab pickup, super-long-wheelbase van and a high-roof Commuter.
Third Generation (H50; 1982–1989)
In 1982, the third generation Hiace was introduced. It was based on the cab design similar to the bigger Toyoace light truck. In 1987, the Toyota Mobile Lounge based on the Hiace high0roof Commuter, was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. In 1989, both van and Commuter received some redesigning followed by the introduction of pickup in 1990.
Fourth Generation (H100; 1989–2004)
In 1989, the fourth generation Hiace appeared with a standard as well as long-wheelbase versions. A Grand Cabin was available as a standard as well as long wheelbase van; long wheelbase and super-long wheelbase high-roof van. The super long wheelbase high-roof van was similar to the Commuter, a 15-seater minibus.
The fourth generation Hiace was offered with a range of different engines, i.e. from 2-L petrol to 3-L turbo diesel engines. Majority of the models were offered as rear-wheel drive. The base model was based on DX trim level, while the upscale, high-end models based on CD, GL and super GL.
In 1995, a semi-bonneted van, the Granvia was launched just for Japanese market. It was a semi-bonneted van, having front-wheels installed just in front of the front seats to enhance safety measures. It is available with 2.4-L, 3.0-L diesel or 3.4-L petrol engines.
Later, it was launched in Australia as the Hiace SBV with short wheelbase (RCH12R) and long wheelbase (RCH22R). It is powered by 2.4-L 2RZ-E petrol engine.
Fifth Generation (H200; 2004–Present)
In 2005, the fifth generation Hiace was launched. It is offered as a wide long-wheelbase wagon, wide super-long-wheelbase high-roof “Grand Cabin”, long-wheelbase van, long-wheelbase high-roof van and a wide super-long-wheelbase high-roof van. It is available with 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission.
The fifth generation Hiace is equipped with a 4-cylinder DOHC engine. It is powered by either a 1TR-FE 2000 cc or 2TR-FE 2700 cc petrol engine or a 2KD-FTV 2500 cc or 1KD-FTV 3000 cc D-4D turbo diesel engine.
The 2.5-L turbo diesel and the 2.7-L petrol engine are offered in Malaysia where the former is available in panel or window van, while the latter is available only in window pan.