Toyota Quantum goes fancy with new VX grade
Toyota recently introduced the all-new Quantum in VX specification, which adds a decent helping of luxury and comfort features.
This new addition to the Quantum line-up features the latest Toyota Safety Sense driver-assistance technologies along with luxury features that will appeal to high-end family, hospitality and corporate buyers.
In addition to the all new body style, the Quantum VX adds a chrome radiator grille and stylised LED headlamps. A thin chrome strip bridges the opposing LED fog lamps in the lower front apron. The wheel and tyre package comprises 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 235-60-R17 tyres.
Chrome exterior door handles and mirrors tie in with the front chromed elements. The mirrors additionally feature power adjustment, auto-retracting and blind spot monitoring functions. Moving to the rear, a prominent chrome garnish, VX-badging and LED light elements distinguish the up-market VX variant from the rest of the range.
The biggest transformation is to be found on the inside, which can seat eight passengers and a driver. It features large captain chairs, independent rear climate control and a host of USB charging points.
The interior layout feature a rear cabin with four individual reclining Captain’s chairs (with armrests and fold out “ottoman” leg-rests) in the second and third row, complemented by a three-seat 60/40-split bench in the rear. The luxurious interior features quilted leather upholstery and power-adjustment for the backrest and fold out “ottoman” leg-rest. Elegant wood trim and soft blue lighting create a premium atmosphere.
Driver and passengers are well catered for with front and rear climate control, smart entry and start, dual power-operated sliding doors and Toyota’s Audio Visual Navigation (AVN) touchscreen infotainment system.
Along with the high level of comfort and convenience features, the Quantum VX features an array of driver assistance features as part of the Toyota Safety Sense suite, which includes pre-collision safety system (PCS) with pedestrian detection (day and night) and cyclist detection (day only)3; high-speed active cruise control; lane departure alert; road sign assist; and automatic high beam.
Using camera and radar sensors, the PCS is designed to detect vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists and assists the driver with visual and audible warnings, braking assistance or autonomous emergency braking if the driver fails to heed the warning.
The lane departure alert function will warn the driver if the system detects that the car has deviated from its lane with visual and audible alerts and if necessary, provide steering assistance via the braking system.
The system also incorporates a road sign assist system that is able to recognise certain speed limit signs and display them on the multi information display (MID) in the instrument cluster. Other advanced safety features include blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera with guide lines and nine airbags.
Along with the aforementioned comfort and safety features, the luxury people carrier boasts a raft of specification items such as 4.2-inch multi-information display, rain-sensing wipers, LED room lamps, power-adjustable driver’s seat, high-definition Optitron instrumentation, auto-door lock, steering switches, tilt and telescopic steering adjustment, power windows and rear sunshade.
The Quantum VW is powered by Toyota’s well-known 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel with 115kW and 420Nm on tap. The power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Quantum 2.8 LWB VX 9-seater retails for R 843 600, which includes a nine-services/90 000 km service plan and a three-year/100 000 km.