DO you love the Toyota Quantum but you scared of Mzansi’s taxi drivers – Toyota has you covered.
For decades Toyota has been known for moving the people of Mzansi with the Hi-Ace minibus taxis.
Never have we associated the Hi-Ace or Quantum with luxury and comfort features.
Those features have always been associated with the Mercedes Benz V-Class and Volkswagen Caravelle.
Woory not, you don’t have to fear the stigma associated with the Quantum anymore.
Toyota is signalling a new territory for the Toyota Quantum - meet the Quantum VX.
This new addition to the Quantum line-up features the latest Toyota Safety Sense driver-assistance technologies along with luxury features that will appeal to high-end family, hospitality and corporate buyers.
It has a large chrome-finished radiator grille with three horizontal slats which flow from the stylised LED headlamps.
A thin chrome strip bridges the opposing LED fog lamps in the lower front apron and fancy 17” alloy wheels.
Levels of Luxury
This is where the Quantum will have to prove itself, because it has stiff competition with the V-Class and Caravelle dominating the segment.
The Quantum VX provides an almost limousine-like degree of cabin comfort and refinement for up to eight passengers with large captain's chairs, independent rear climate control and multiple USB ports to keep devices fully charged for business or entertainment.
The Quantum can seat up to 9 people, this might where it has the upper hand.
Compared to the V-Class which can only be configured to seat 8 people.
The Quantum’s interior layout features a rear cabin with four individual reclining Captain's chairs with armrests and fold out "ottoman" leg-rests in the second and third row.
The luxurious interior features quilted leather upholstery and power-adjustment for the backrest and fold out "ottoman" leg-rest.
Driver and passengers are well catered for with front and rear climate control, smart entry and start, dual power-operated sliding doors and Toyota’s Audio Visual Navigation (AVN) touchscreen infotainment system.
advanced safety features include blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera with guide lines and nine airbags.
Along with the aforementioned comfort and safety features, the luxury people carrier boasts a raft of specification items such as 4.2” multi-information display, rain-sensing wipers, LED room lamps,
Engine and Transmission
Powering the Quantum VX is Toyota’s proven four-cylinder 2.8 GD-6 turbodiesel mill, with outputs of 115kW @ 3600 rpm and 420 Nm (1600 – 2200 rpm).
This torquey powerplant is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels.
Model line-up and Pricing
Quantum 2.8 LWB VX 9-seater – R 843 600
Warranty and Maintenance
A 9-services/90 000 km service plan is provided as standard with the warranty terms pegged at 3-year/100 000 km.