Toyota Previa gets safer

AutoTrader NZ
Published 3 September 2020

The popular eight seater has been part of Toyota’s model range for more than 25 years becoming synonymous with the dependability required of a people mover.

The 2.4-litre Previa goes on sale at $59,990 with privacy glass, reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors and an emergency stop signal added in mind of keeping families safe.

“Though the SUV segment is growing, the ability to cater to eight passengers plus storage is still an undeniable edge for Previa,” said Spencer Morris, Toyota New Zealand’s general manager of product.

The interior adopts a 6.1” touchscreen display for the audio and reverse camera, a new 4.2” LCD colour multi information with controls on the new three spoke steering wheel, the headlining is now a more serviceable black and the dual zone climate air conditioning has had electrostatic switches added for convenience.

“Enhancing the quality of the interior and expanding the safety specification brings the Previa in line with other Toyota models that families and business owners will undoubtedly appreciate, particularly with the lowered price,” said Mr Morris.

The dedicated minivan with the feel, performance and comfort of car and adaptability of a wagon now achieves EURO5 emission compliance and gains the popular exterior colour, Wildfire, to its lineup. It has a combined fuel consumption of 8.9 litres/100 kilometres.

The Previa maintains a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating with standard features including seven airbags, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Hill Start Assist Control, Anti-lock Braking with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake-force Distribution. All eight seats have three point seat belts and there are three tether anchors and two ISOFIX points. The second and third row seats provide plenty of practical people carrying or load options with their 60:40 split folding and the “walk in” system to the third row.

Other features include speed sensitive power steering with a manual tilt and telescopic adjustable steering column. There is cruise control, power windows, power mirrors with LED turn signals and eight cup holders. Security is handled by an engine immobiliser with push button start and remote control smart wireless central locking.