Kuwait, 5 September 2019: Redefining what premium stands for in the luxury people mover market, Mohamed Naser Al Sayer & Sons and Toyota have today unveiled the new Granvia. Designed to provide an exceptional transportation space that addresses the growing demand for high-end shuttles, the new vehicle’s elegant design, luxurious interior, powerful engine, and advanced safety features enable customers to travel in optimal comfort while enjoying total peace of mind.
The new Granvia takes the concept of a luxury shuttle to the next level with premium seating for up to seven people, including a standard feature of four leather captain’s chairs with footrests– a class first. Its expansive cabin delivers a level of comfort and refinement passengers would normally associate with a high-end limousine, complete with independent rear climate control, adjustable interior illumination, and luxurious woodgrain and metallic finishing, among many other features.
Takuo Ishikawa, Chief Engineer of the new Toyota Granvia, said: “The new Granvia offers more than just efficient transportation; by pairing exceptional comfort with advanced technologies it provides greater value, excitement, and a satisfying experience for drivers and passengers alike. The combination of a high-rigidity body frame with our new 4-link coil suspension delivers superior handling stability, quietness, and safety.”
Ishikawa continued: “This is a people mover that is designed to move passengers not only physically, but also emotionally. The new Granvia responds perfectly to changing customer values in different markets, particularly through its lavish interior and four independent rear captain’s chairs, which take the comfort of passengers to the next level. We invite everyone to take a ride to experience this groundbreaking luxury vehicle for themselves.”
“We are very excited to unveil the new Granvia, a true premium transport solution that meets the evolving needs of those desiring a spacious cabin, unrivaled comfort, and superior refinement. By providing ample personal space, we have ensured that each passenger will enjoy a smooth, comfortable ride and arrive at their destination feeling relaxed and refreshed,” said Yugo Miyamoto, Chief Representative, Middle East and Central Asia Representative Office, Toyota Motor Corporation.
“At Toyota, we believe that travel should always be an enjoyable experience, and it was our goal to develop an exceptional vehicle that enhances people’s journeys by creating memorable moments to cherish. I’d like to extend my gratitude to all of our customers for their continuous support, which is an endless source of inspiration in our drive to create ‘ever-better’ cars,” Miyamoto added.
While conventional luxury wagons tend to strive for an organic, emotional exterior design, Toyota’s engineers have created a more prestigious profile that sets the new Granvia apart. The vehicle’s wide body and low center of gravity are accentuated by cladding panels and metallic ornamentation that runs along to the bottom of the rear bumper, emphasizing its low, firmly-planted stance. The bold design is completed by a distinctive chrome garnish at the back of the vehicle, which echoes the front end and merges with the rear combination lamps.
In keeping with this luxurious exterior, Toyota’s engineers have created a space with a modern design aesthetic that delights guests as soon as they enter the vehicle. The rear cabin is available with four individual reclining quilted leather captain's chairs with armrests and power-adjustment for the backrests. Each chair also offers a fold-out Ottoman leg-rest and individual reading lamp with three levels of brightness adjustment.
A combination of wood grain and satin decoration adorns the back of the front passenger seats, while the side-trim decorations flow seamlessly to envelop passengers in a comforting ambiance. The subtle, indirect cabin-side illumination perfectly complements the interior, with its positioning at waist level helping to create a calm and relaxing environment. The interior lighting is available in Amber, Clear Blue, or White, and also offers three brightness settings.
The front and rear climate control system incorporates ion generators with nanoe technology that helps to remove bacteria and odors. A rear control panel is available, enabling passengers to adjust the airflow volume, airflow vents, and temperature. Additional cabin amenities include dual-side power sliding doors, LED-type scuff plate illumination for the rear step, and six rear USB ports to keep devices fully charged for business or entertainment. Mesh sunshades are built into the sliding door trim and quarter trim, providing privacy for occupants. Passengers also benefit from ample luggage space, with the rear of the vehicle easily accommodating four large suitcases or four golf bags.
Along with the high level of comfort and convenience for passengers, the new Granvia features an array of driver assistance features such as a 4.2-inch color TFT (Thin Film Transistor) Multi-information Display, a 7-inch color multimedia display with navigation function, and back monitor with guide lines. The steering wheel switches can be used to switch between tabs and change various settings. A 12-speaker Pioneer audio system is also available, providing superior sound quality.
Delivering a dynamic driving experience, the new Granvia is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine with 24 valves, incorporating Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent), high compression and direct injection (D4-S) to generate a maximum output of 278 hp and 351 nm of torque, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The semi-bonneted design has enabled the Toyota development team to implement a stiff frame with a flexible suspension, offering greater stability and maneuverability. The MacPherson strut front suspension and 4-link rear suspension systems have been newly developed to deliver excellent handling and stability, together with exceptional ride comfort worthy of a luxury shuttle.
As with any Toyota model, safety remains a top priority for the new Granvia. High-tensile strength material has been used to achieve Toyota’s goal of a lightweight, yet highly rigid body frame. In order to mitigate any impact and minimize risk to pedestrians, energy-absorbing dent reinforcements have been adopted on the hood front end, enhancing its tensile rigidity.
In addition, the car offers a comprehensive array of features designed to protect its occupants, including seven SRS airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Emergency Brake Signal (EBS), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), Tire Pressure Warning System (TPWS), and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), among many others.
The new Granvia is available in a choice of four exterior colors that have been specially selected to create an impressive and luxurious presence. Customers can choose from White Pearl CS, Black, Gray ME, and Silver ME. Meanwhile, interior color options include natural beige or black-colored seats, which can be combined with Woodgrain or Black Metallic ornamentation. The vehicle comes equipped with newly-developed 17-inch alloy wheels that further express its elegance and high-quality feel.