Confirmed for an April arrival, Toyota tell us we can look forward to a Coaster that welcomes a complete styling and safety redesign.
The big news is extra seating capacity in the new Coaster.
Toyota confirming the new-gen model boasts an additional passenger seat – bringing the total to 22.
This extra seat brings the Coaster closer to arch-rival, the Mitsubishi-Fuso Rosa, which comes with standard seating configurations of between 22 and 25 seats.
But one area where the new Coaster has a significant advantage over the Rosa is safety – the new Toyota bus boasts airbags for the driver and front passenger.
Other changes include a new-look interior, more interior space, larger doorsteps, improved suspension, and a more rigid body.
2017 Toyota Coaster Key Data:
- Available in two specification levels – Standard and Deluxe
- Powered by 110kW/397Nm 4.0 litre turbo-diesel engine
- Five-speed manual or four-speed auto transmissions (Deluxe is auto only)
- Increased seating capacity – 22
- Driver and passenger airbags – standard
- Reversing camera – standard
- Satellite navigation – standard
- Air-conditioning – standard
Sales and Marketing chief at Toyota Australia, Tony Cramb, says in the Coaster’s 40th year in Australia it is only fitting that a new and improved model comes to market.
“Coaster’s new frame, greater use of high-tensile steel, a revised suspension set-up and twin airbags all contribute to outstanding safety,”
“The new exterior design is simple and modern while offering the tough characteristics required for Coaster’s use in a variety of conditions,”
“Inside, Coaster is quieter and more comfortable with a taller and wider cabin and a revamped cockpit that is more driver-focused while offering better visibility.”
2017 Toyota Coaster Pricing:
- STD manual – $116,690
- DLX manual – $120,770
- DLX auto – $127,910