New Era for Toyota QuantumThursday, 16th May 2019
The vehicle that defined passenger and cargo transportation in South Africa has done it again. The latest Quantum guarantees practicality and comfort levels with reinvented power delivery (plus a bigger turbodiesel engine), extra convenience and cargo carrying ability, added safety features and an ultra-modern new look.
The biggest departure from the previous Quantum model is undoubtedly the change from a ‘cab-over’ to ‘semi-bonnet’ design. The new design provides for a more spacious interior and modernised look with enhanced aerodynamics. This stylish revision to Quantum has increased the overall length and passenger space, with improved leg room and seating comfort.
The front design includes a united radiator grille and headlamps. GL Bus models receive chrome treatment to the grille as well as vertical LED Daytime Running Lights, fog lamps and colour-coded bumpers and door handles. Other exterior features for the Quantum include newly- designed 16-inch steel wheels, as well as newly-designed large multi-functional side mirrors (power-retractable on GL models) to enhance visibility.
The character line along the side design flows dynamically rearwards from the front extending to the rear. The rear design highlights the Quantum’s purposeful wide stance. Similarly, the generously-sized bumper, large combination tail lamps and aerodynamically-designed chamfered corners create a simple and functional impression.
The GL bus can be specified in one of three exterior colours (Ivory White, Quicksilver Metallic or Light Blue Metallic) while the utility-focused panel van and crew cab variants are offered in Ivory White and Quicksilver Metallic.
IMPORTED NEW GENERATION RANGE
The Quantum range comprises new panel van and bus derivatives, with the option of 3-seater panel vans in long wheelbase (LWB) and heightened-roof super-long wheelbase (SLWB) configurations, as well as a six-seater long wheelbase (LWB) crew cab. The ‘GL’ Bus range offers 11-seater long wheel base (LWB) and 14-seater super long wheelbase (SLWB) versions.
All models have evolved from the cab-over configuration and now feature the all-new semi-bonnet body type with excellent safety features, dynamic new engines and a more comfortable and quieter ride for a relaxed traveling experience.
Built to suit the South African emerging market, the durable Quantum is ready to transport people and experiences in a much more luxurious space.
Whatever cargo you’re transporting, the new-generation Quantum is built to get you there and handle any turn without any spills. The suspension and its peripheral parts of the undercarriage have been renewed, and the engine relocated in a semi-bonnet configuration. This helps provide a powerful, stable and quiet ride, for sustained comfort even on long commutes.
The Quantum’s new 2.8-litre engine adopts a turbocharger with intercooler, which helps produce powerful dynamic performance while enhancing fuel economy and quietness.
The four-cylinder, 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine delivers maximum power of 130 kW @ 3400 r/min and peak torque of 420 Nm @ 1400 - 2600 r/min, on all panel vans and the 11-seater bus model. The 14-seater bus delivers power of 115 kW @ 3600 r/min and peak torque of 420 Nm @ 1600-2200 r/min.
TRANSMISSION AND SUSPENSION
The business end of the Quantum’s design shows in its transmission and suspension. Its 6-speed manual transmission is tuned to simultaneously achieve top-class fuel economy and excellent dynamic performance, while gear shifting is smooth and has a high quality feel.
A MacPherson strut suspension is adopted for the front and a leaf spring suspension for the rear - conferring ample suspension stroke. The suspension helps achieve excellent straight-line stability as well as a quiet and comfortable ride.
The braking system – comprising front ventilated discs and rear drum brakes – was designed to deliver reliable stopping performance regardless of the road surface condition, loaded weight, or number of passengers.
The turning circle of the LWB version spans 5.5m and 6.4m for the SLWB.
Built with passengers in mind, the all-new Quantum is cut and clothed with comfort and convenience as its hallmark.
Spacious seating measurements have been attained by increasing the cabin length and width for better legroom and headroom. The colours, patterns, and shapes are coordinated throughout the interior to create a traveling space with an open feel. The seat material on the GL Bus models is presented in natural beige with a combination of synthetic leather and fabric. The Panel Van range seats are fashioned in grey fabric.
The width of the sliding-door opening has been increased by 70 mm, enhancing the ease of access in combination with a large step (with LED lamp on GL Bus). The sliding-door opening on the SLWB Panel Van has been widened, enabling Euro-size pallets to be loaded via the side and rear sliding doors.
On the GL Bus models, the anterior of the front side mirrors has been lowered and a large quarter glass installed to help ensure excellent forward visibility. An auxiliary mirror has been added, enabling checking in the downward field of view.
A high-performance manual air-conditioning system (model specific) is adopted, which enables control of the air for the rear seat passengers (where applicable) from the AC controller on the instrument panel. Roof-mounted air vents (where provided), help create a comfortable space for all occupants.
The new Quantum is equipped with various active and passive safety technologies. The Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) ensure that the maximum braking power is produced without locking the tyres and distributes optimal braking force to the left and right wheels.
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) suppresses a sudden loss of vehicle stability during cornering; and when on an incline the Hill-Assist Control (HAC) system will temporarily keep the vehicle from rolling back.
The Quantum is also outfitted with Trailer Sway Control (TSC) that will automatically detect excessive movement of the trailer and uses the brakes and engine power to help reduce it, keeping you in control.
Other passive safety systems include driver and front passenger airbags, and with the adoption of the semi-bonnet configuration, impact energy in the event of a collision is absorbed. For security, a wireless door lock and an alarm and immobiliser are provided.
The 16-seater Ses’fikile Commuter will be renamed Hiace and continue to be built on the current platform (previous Quantum) at Toyota South Africa’s Prospecton production facility. The Hiace name is well known and trusted in South Africa, and pays homage to the iconic ‘Siyaya’ commuter busses of the 90’s. The Hiace Ses’fikile will retain the 2.7 litre petrol and 2.5 diesel engine and drivetrain.