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Toyota PH quietly debuts new Liteace Modern PUV Class 1

A new variant priced at P998,000

The Liteace gains a new form in the Modern PUV Class 1. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

The humble Toyota Liteace can take on many forms, such as a container van, a pickup truck, a cargo van, or even a people transporter.

Late last year, Toyota Motor Philippines expanded on this idea to make the Toyota Community Shuttle, which was deployed in cities such as Santa Rosa (Laguna) and Pasay.

It seems like it was a success, as TMP has quietly debuted yet another variant called the Liteace Modern PUV Class 1 at the 2024 Auto Focus Summer Test Drive Festival, where it’s available to be experienced as a shuttle to and from the venue.

A basic yet functional rear passenger cabin. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

This is part of the Department of Transportation’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program. Class 1 PUVs are meant for narrow roads, capable of transporting nine to 12 people (including the driver).

As such, it comes with all the features required in a “modern jeepney,” such as a swing-out side door with a step board, two parallel bench seats capable of seating 10 with handrails and a grab handle, an emergency hammer, and air-conditioning.

Some modern amenities in this PUV. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

This also comes with a few niceties such as four CCTV cameras (with one acting as an always-on backup camera) with a five-inch monitor, a built-in GPS module and Wi-Fi hotspot, and an automated fare collection system that works either via a QR code or a transport card.

Does P998,000 sound like a fair price? PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Other than that, it’s your standard Liteace underneath, with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine (97hp and 134Nm) mated to a five-speed manual transmission. It measures 4,380mm long, 1,675mm wide, and 2,277mm tall.

This Toyota Mobility Solutions conversion costs P998,000, and it is available to buy now.

Sam Surla

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