TOYOTA South Africa Motors (TSAM) has launched a diesel-powered Ses’fikile taxi with the promise of more power, lower fuel consumption, lower emissions and low noise levels.
The model is powered by Toyota’s tried and trusted 2.5 turbo diesel engine, which utilises common rail injection and a turbo charger to deliver 75kW at 3 600rpm. More impressive, the new addition to the Ses’fikile range offers 260Nm of torque in a wide band between 1 600 rpm and 2 400 rpm.
TSAM will further support taxi operators by not only offering the standard three-year/ 100 000km warranty, but also by reducing the cost of service parts and components by an average of 23 percent to further reduce taxi owners’ operational costs.
Inside the vehicle, both the 2.7-litre petrol and new 2.5 D-4D versions now offer dual front airbags as standard equipment.
The Ses’fikile 2.5 D-4D offers the same level of specification as its petrol-powered sibling. The comprehensive list of specifications include electric power steering, a tilt adjustable steering column, ABS with Brake Assist (BAS), a full complement of seat belts for all 15 occupants, central locking and an emergency escape roof hatch.
Other specifications include the compulsory reflective highlights, a fire extinguisher, driver guard and all legally required decals.
It’s equipped with an independent double wishbone front suspension, stabiliser bar and a rigid rear axle. The vehicle is 5 380mm long and can tow a braked trailer weighing up to 1.4 tons.