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The Toyota Liteace is back to help with your business

You can get it either as a van or a truck to suit your needs

The Liteace returns to our market to serve business owners. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Growing up in life requires adopting some new responsibilities. Those kids that used to ride in the backs of the Toyota Liteace now have their own families to feed.

And if you’re an owner of an MSME (micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises) looking to add a new vehicle to your growing fleet, consider the iconic nameplate once again as it returns as a light commercial vehicle that can adapt to any business need.

There are two form factors for the Liteace this time around. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

The light commercial vehicle comes in two variants: a panel van and a pickup. The former is 4,045mm long, 1,665mm wide, and 1,930mm tall, while the latter is 4,195mm long, 1,675mm wide, and 1,920mm tall.

You can use the Liteace in many different ways, so you're not just limited to a dropside truck or a panel van. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

It’s as utilitarian as it gets, only coming in white, offering halogen lighting, and 14-inch steel wheels.

But if you drop by Toyota Motor Philippines‘ event at Farmers Plaza in Cubao, you will be able to see it in different forms, like a steel closed van for perishable goods, a patrol vehicle with rotatable benches, a people/utility hauler, and a panel van with sliding doors for package deliveries.

When you need to get the job done, the less fluff, the better. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

The interior has nothing fancy, like fabric seats, manual windows, a traditional turnkey ignition, power door locks (for the panel van), manual HVAC controls, two speakers, and a radio.

And for safety features, aside from seatbelts and two airbags, there are ABS and traction control.

You'll have to flip the seats over to gain access to the engine, but at least there's easy access to the fluids at the front. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Hidden under the front seats is the 1.5-liter in-line-four gasoline engine, the 2NR-VE (the same one found in the Avanza). It has 98hp and 134Nm, and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

For the suspension setup, both variants use MacPherson struts up front. For the rear, the panel van uses a five-link coil spring suspension, and the pickup uses leaf springs. There are ventilated discs up front, and drum brakes at the back.

You can catch the display at Farmers Market in Cubao until July 17. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

The pickup will retail for P570,000, while the panel van will sell for P655,000. It will also be offered with free periodic maintenance for one year or 20,000km.

And if you’re looking to finance the vehicle, Toyota Financial Services Philippines will be offering a weekly payment scheme with rates that go as low as P2,903.50 per week for the pickup.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.