2020 Toyota GranAce Luxury MPV Revealed Ahead Of Tokyo Motor Show

After launching the Granvia and Lexus LM, Toyota has dropped the veil off yet another MPV, the GranAce.

Toyota’s new minivan is aimed at the Japanese market, where it will launch after its 2019 Tokyo Motor Show public debut on October 24. The 2020 GranAce takes its name from the Spanish ‘gran’, which means ‘big’ or ‘great’, and the English word ‘ace’.

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Measuring 5,300 mm (208.7 in) long, 1,970 mm (77.6 in) wide and 1,990 mm (78.3 in) tall, the GranAce is 35 mm (1.4 in) longer and 20 mm (0.8 in) wider than the HiAce, on which it’s based, sharing the same height and wheelbase length of 3,210 mm (126.4 in). It does set itself apart with a more distinctive look, which is highlighted by the new LED DRLs, larger grille, reworked bumper and more distinctive lighting signature.

On the inside, Toyota has kept the same layout, albeit enhancing it with more premium materials. Thus, the new GranAce gets leather seats, wood and aluminum trim, a larger infotainment screen and different HVAC controls.

The new Toyota minivan will come in two different versions, offering seating for six on three rows, or for eight on four rows, promising to cocoon occupants with excellent soundproofing, while also making nighttime journeys more pleasant with the LED side color cabin illumination.

For power, the Japanese car maker has chosen the 2.8-liter 1GD diesel engine, connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. Specs are yet to be released, but the unit is available in three outputs with the HiAce; 156 and 163 PS (154-161 hp / 115-120 kW) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque, and 177 PS (175 hp / 130 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque.

The GranAce packs the latest version of Toyota Safety Sense bundle of safety systems.

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  • Bash

    Well it’s for the Japanese market only anyway. So most of us won’t see it’s ugliness in the flesh. lol

  • Joe

    It’s the same as the Granvia. It’s just the Japanese market version of it.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      Different name. Same van

      • Joe

        Yes. Thanks for paraphrasing exactly what I said…

  • SavetheCamaro

    The Lexus LM would’ve looked like that and not the Alphard

    • Joe

      The Lexus LM is based on the Alphard Royal Lounge, which is particularly necessary since that base offers the hybrid option that the Lexus brand should/wants to be offering and the option of the level of luxury Lexus buyers would want, and gives the model a distinct place above the regular Toyota. The relationship between LM and Alphard is the same as that of LX and Land Cruiser.

      I don’t understand your point. Why would basing it off a vast commercial van be better than basing it off a more comfortable car-like appropriately-sized premium MPV with a choice of hybrid or large petrol engines?

      • SavetheCamaro

        I was pretty confused. Lexus would’ve made their MPV from scratch using design cues from its current lineup. Also, what if Lexus made their next generation LX less of a badge engineered Land Cruiser 200 and more car-like as the BMW X7 and Mercedes GLS are?

        • Joe

          I agree they probably should’ve done that for the LX (have it be its own model), but it seems to be selling perfectly well as it is, especially in the Middle East, so I guess they don’t have any motivation to do it that way. The markets where the LX is popular do not want car-like SUVs at that price level, they want vehicles that are capable off-road and in the sand, like the LX, G-Class, Patrol, etc., hence these are the best sellers in these places. I think the GX should be replaced with something more car-like to target North America and other such markets if they want to offer a large crossover.

          As for the LM, it’s only aimed at China and a couple of other select Asian markets (maybe not even Japan), so I imagine it doesn’t make financial sense to develop a fully new model when the Alphard is right there and already has a body full of Lexus styling cues waiting to have the more Lexus-like nose grafted on. I can’t see there’d be much demand for a Lexus MPV of any kind anywhere else in the world, so it wouldn’t be much point making one.

          • SavetheCamaro

            The LX deserves to be its very own model and ride on the TNGA-L platform. The body on frame Lexus based on the next generation Land Cruiser 200 will have a new name and is expected to be sold in the Middle East, Asia, and Australia, but not the US and Canada someday in the future.

          • Joe

            You’re saying this as if it’s fact… “will have a new name and is expected” – by you or the general media? Where is this coming from?
            As far as I’ve seen anywhere, whenever the next Land Cruiser emerges, the next LX will have the same relationship to it that the current LX does to the current Land Cruiser. They’ll be more differentiated in terms of styling, kit, and market position, but they’ll still be technically the same model underneath, because the markets where the LX does well want that from an LX, and it makes zero sense in terms of branding or marketing to rename that model to something else and moving the LX name onto something else entirely unrelated.
            As I had said, if there’s a large crossover coming that isn’t body-on-frame like the Land Cruiser, it will be something else entirely and not the LX.

            Anyway, that’s enough on that. It’s wildly off-topic at this point.

  • Joe

    I understood them as saying the Granvia, GranAce and LM are 3 completely different and separate vehicles, which is also wrong.

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