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Battle of the luxury vans: Toyota launches Quantum VX to take on Merc's V-Class

2019-09-20 08:15
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Move over Mercedes-Benz because Toyota has unveiled their all-new Quantum VX luxury model. The automaker's minivan doesn't just offer luxury, but the firm has ticked the checklist for safety and comfort too looking to accommodate a large family,  businesses or medical care. 

Signaling new territory for the Toyota Quantum, the VX enters the luxury-people-carrier arena with an impressive array of features. 

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.

READ: Toyota reveals all-new Quantum due in SA later this year

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Exterior Design:

Using the angular design language of the new Quantum as a starting point, the VX version amplifies the visual drama with a large chrome-finished radiator grille with three horizontal slats which flow from the stylised LED headlights.

A thin chrome strip bridges the opposing LED fog lights in the lower front apron. The wheel and tyre package comprises 17” alloy wheels shod with 235-60-R17 tyres.

Chrome exterior door handles and mirrors tie in with the front elements. The mirrors feature power adjustment, auto-retracting and blind spot monitoring functions. Moving to the rear, a prominent chrome garnish, VX-badging and LED light elements distinguish the VX variant from the rest of the range.

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Levels of luxury

The Quantum VX provides an almost limousine-like degree of cabin comfort and refinement for up to eight passengers (9-seater) with large captain's chairs, independent rear climate control and multiple USB ports to keep devices fully charged for business or entertainment.

The interior layout feature a rear cabin with four individual reclining Captain's chairs (with armrests and fold out "ottoman" leg-rests) in the second and third row, along with a three-seat 60/40-split bench in the rear. The interior features quilted leather upholstery and power-adjustment for the backrest and fold out "ottoman" leg-rest. Wood trim and soft blue lighting create a premium atmosphere.

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.  

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Safety support

The Quantum VX features an array of driver assistance features as part of the Toyota Safety Sense suite, which includes pre-collision safety system (PCS) with pedestrian detection (day and night) and cyclist detection (day only)3; high-speed active cruise control; lane departure alert; road sign assist; and automatic high beam.

Using camera and radar sensors, the PCS is designed to detect vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists and assists the driver with visual and audible warnings, braking assistance or autonomous emergency braking if the driver fails to heed the warning.

The lane departure alert3 function will warn the driver if the system detects that the car has deviated from its lane with visual and audible alerts and if necessary, provide steering assistance via the braking system.

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The system also incorporates a road sign assist3 system that is able to recognise certain speed limit signs and display them on the multi information display (MID) in the instrument cluster.

Other advanced safety features include blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera with guide lines and nine airbags.

Sumptuous specification:

Along with the aforementioned comfort and safety features, it boasts a raft of specification items such as 4.2” multi-information display, rain-sensing wipers, LED room lights, power-adjustable driver’s seat, high-definition Optitron instrumentation, auto-door lock, steering switches, tilt and telescopic steering adjustment, power windows and rear sunshade.

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Engine and Transmission:

Powering the Quantum VX is Toyota’s proven four-cylinder 2.8 GD-6 turbodiesel engine, with outputs of 115kW @ 3600 rpm and 420Nm (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 – R843 600

Warranty and Maintenance:

A 9-services or 90 000km service plan is provided as standard with the warranty terms pegged at 3-year or 100 000km.

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