Released date : 1977/ 2/ 1

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Grade Standard Van_Standard Standard Van_Deluxe Long Van_Deluxe
Model type
Model type H-RH20V-JRJ H-RH20V-JDJ H-RH30V-JDJ
Curb mass(kg) 1260 1265 1305
Dimensions Length(mm) 4340 4340 4690
Width(mm) 1690 1690 1690
Height(mm) 1925 1925 1920
Wheelbase(mm) 2340 2340 2545
Engine Engine code 12R-J 12R-J 12R-J
Engine type Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, OHV Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, OHV Water-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, OHV
Displacement(cm3) 1587 1587 1587
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. -/80/5200 -/80/5200 -/80/5200
* The specifications are those of representative model grades.
* Max. output represents a net rating. In the above table, digits separated by slashes ( / / ) stand for kW, PS, and r.p.m., respectively.
* The model numbers of these vehicles are RH20V, RH21V, RH30V, RH3V, RH40V, RH4V, RH20B, RH30B, RH40B, RH4B, RH11, RH11P, RH11SV.
The second-generation Hiace was released in February 1977 (the wagon was released in April), featuring significant improvements in functionality, ride comfort, and safety, while substantially enlarging the floor area and volume of the cargo cabin. The model variations included vans and commuters with standard, long, and super long bodies, two standard wheelbase wagons with passenger capacities of 9 and 10, and four trucks consisting of single- and double-cab models, an open van, and a panel van.

The wheelbase of the 1-box models was either 2,340 mm (standard), 2,545 mm (long), or 2,845 mm (super long), and that of trucks was 2,290 mm.

All engines were gasoline-powered, including a 2-liter 100 hp unit (18R-U), a 1.8-liter 95 hp unit (16R-J), and a 1.6-liter 80 hp unit (12R-J). The standard van increased the payload capacity to 850kg/600 kg, and the 9-seater van was able to carry 750 kg of cargo when the rearmost seats were stowed and the passenger capacity was reduced to six. The super long van and the small commuter bus (classified in the "2 number" or bus category) adopted a high roof. The van adopted the parallel 4-link back door opening/closing mechanism to facilitate work in a narrow space. The opening of the sliding side door was widened by 245 mm to 980 mm, and the door needed even less force than before to open and close. The 10-seater wagon adopted the long wheelbase chassis in March 1979. A 2.2-liter 72 hp diesel engine (Type L) was made available in July 1979, and many other improvements continued to be implemented, until the third-generation model was released in December 1982.
Plant Honsha plant, Toyota Auto Body Co.,Ltd.
"Hiace" combines "high" and "ace," signifying a vehicle that surpasses its predecessor, the Toyoace.

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