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Mzansi will have more mobility thanks to the Toyota Coaster

The Toyota Coaster, a medium-sized people mover, debuted in South Africa for the first time.

The Coaster bridges the gap between the LWB 16-seater Quantum and Hino 300-based bus conversions, offering a unique mobility solution to South African bus and tour operators.

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The first-generation Coaster debuted in 1969 as a 17-seat single-deck minibus. The coaster has been produced in a variety of configurations, with seating capacities ranging from 17 to 26. In 1982 and 1993, the second and third generations were released.

The current fourth-generation model debuted in 2017, with increased length, breadth, and window height, as well as being the first model designed by Toyota’s integrated Commercial Vehicle company.

History of Coaster

The first-generation Coaster debuted in 1969 as a 17-seat single-deck minibus.

The coaster has been produced in a variety of configurations, with seating capacities ranging from 17 to 26. In 1982 and 1993, the second and third generations were released.

The current fourth-generation model debuted in 2017 with increased length, breadth, and window height, as well as being the first model designed by Toyota’s integrated Commercial Vehicle company.

Engine & Drivetrain

The Coaster is powered by a 4.0-litre inline-four turbo-diesel engine that produces 100kW at 3000 rpm and 353 Nm at 1600 rpm. The rear wheels are driven by this Hino-sourced engine, which is mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

Seating & Layout

The vehicle has a 23-seater arrangement (including the driver), with six single-file seats on the passenger side, six double-seats on the driver’s side, and a four-seater bench in the back, with the capacity for 22 passengers.

Specifications and Features

The coaster boasts simple-to-use and strong switchgear surrounding the driver, while the focus is on passenger comfort. There’s a tilting and telescopic steering wheel, a Multi-Information Display (MID), a 12-volt power outlet, and a Toyota audio system with Aux and USB connectivity.

Naturally, the Toyota Connect in-car telematics and Wi-Fi system (with 15 GB of free data) is included in the package.

The safety package includes ABS, Brake Assist (BA), and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), as well as driver and passenger airbags.

The model comes with the required mini-bus stickers and chevron demarcation and is only available in white.

ABS, Brake Assist (BA), and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), as well as driver and passenger airbags, are all standard safety features.

The model is only available in white, and comes with the required mini-bus stickers and chevron delineations.

Both the seat and the floor trim are made of extremely durable PVC. Urethane has also been used on the steering wheel and gear shift lever.

Model Line-up and Pricing

Coaster 4.0D 5MT LWB – R899,900

Peace of Mind

Coaster models are sold with a 6-service/60 000 km service plan (intervals set at 10 000 km) and a 3-year/100 000 km warranty. Customers can also purchase a variety of service and/or warranty add-ons at their local dealership.

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