New Toyota Hiace Relaxbase – 50th Anniversary Special is a Neo-Retro Fun Box

By Steve & Tamami Laser; with Nahoko Osuka reporting from Japan

While Toyota offers more than a dozen different varieties of vans in Japan, the longest-running of them all is the Hiace. To help celebrate its 50th anniversary, a special version has gone on sale in Japan dubbed “Relaxbase.”

Customized by Toyota Modellista and offered as a complete vehicle through Toyopet dealers, Hiace Relaxbase is designed to be a “Neo-Retro Fun Box” for the personal use market. In other words, it’s a van conversion aimed at customers with active lifestyles. Cool retro styling touches include a front “grille” with black-out decal and special “Toyota” script.

Relaxbase starts out as a Hiace passenger van and adds two-tone exterior trim plus special body colors to enhance the retro style. Front and rear bumpers, fender moldings, foglight covers, and lower garnishes are painted white. A matching roof rack and rear ladder are also included.

This video from the Toyota consumer YouTube channel in Japan offers a quick look at the new Hiace Relaxbase and shows how it perfectly fits the active lifestyle of pro surfers. (video: Toyota)

“Relaxbase” decals are applied to the exterior while 15-inch alloy wheels dressed with retro-style white trim and matching hubcaps add to the ambience. Exterior color choices include Light Yellow, Dark Blue Mica, and Gray Metallic.

The fun continues inside with special two-tone upholstery applied to the front buckets and second-row folding bench seat. Relaxbase is offered as a Hiace S-GL model with Type I and Type II versions.

Special light wood-tone trim has been added to the dash and door panels while other upgrades include aluminum door scuff plates.

Type II includes a matching light-tone hard PVC rear floor cover (above). A rear quarter-mounted auxiliary battery and storage box is also available as well as a dealer-installed fold-out bed.

Customers in Japan can select gas or diesel engines with 2WD or 4WD. Suggested retail prices in Japan run from ¥3,338,280 (about $29,500) for the Relaxbase Type I diesel 2WD to ¥4,502,520 (about $39,800) for the Type II gas 4WD*.

For more information visit the Toyota consumer website in Japan

Features, specifications, and prices apply to models sold in Japan and are subject to change without notice. *Prices include consumption tax but do not include other taxes and fees subject to registration in Japan. Prices differ in Hokkaido and Okinawa.

News source, photos and video courtesy Toyota Motor Corp., Toyota Modellista International Co. Ltd., and Toyota Customizing & Development Co., Ltd.

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