Published on July 4th, 2015 | by Subhash Nair0
Japan-only Toyota Pixis Mega Revealed
Offering substantial storage space and capable of seating four adults1 comfortably, Toyota’s new Pixis Mega is a minivehicle that stands above the rest in its class. Launched today and available at more than 200 Toyota dealerships throughout Japan, the Pixis Mega brings excellent driver visibility and a spacious interior to the “mini” market.
The Pixis Mega was created to offer versatility matched with the diverse needs and lifestyles of car-buyers in Japan. Increasing the cabin height of the vehicle to a class-leading 1,455 mm ensures that four adults can be seated in the spacious interior comfortably. Despite the vehicle’s total height of 1,835 mm, the suspension and body structure have been overhauled to ensure stable handling. The eye-point has been set at 1,387 mm, similar to that of a minivan, achieving exceptional visibility from the driver’s seat and improving the overall driving experience.
Following the Pixis Space, Van/Truck and Epoch, the Mega is the latest member of the Pixis family supplied by Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. to Toyota under an OEM agreement.
An extra passenger-side mirror (located below the side mirror) enhances driver visibility on the left-hand side of the vehicle. Mirrors have also been placed in the upper interior sections of the rear doors, improving visibility behind the vehicle.
The cabin height of the Pixis Mega is a class-leading 1,455 mm. In addition, a door height of 1,700 mm ensures easy access by young children and the elderly. Both sides of the vehicle feature one-touch electric sliding doors, further increasing ease of use.
The vehicle features a dedicated storage space beneath the trunk floor, with a capacity of approximately 90 liters (approximately 16 liters on 4WD models). This extends the total trunk height to a maximum of 1,485 mm, meaning that large objects can be loaded upright without folding down the rear seats.
A large storage tray is located in front of the passenger seat. Additionally, a large, convenient storage pocket has been positioned at the rear of the center console.
Despite the vehicle’s height, handling stability has been enhanced through the use of stiffer suspension as a result of larger shock absorbers coupled with the use of stabilizers.
Optimized sheet thickness for the roof panel and plastic construction for the back door and front fender have lightened the vehicle and lowered its center of gravity.
Aerodynamic fins, which improve stability at high speeds, are included as standard on door mirrors and rear combination lamps. eco-IDLE2, an idling-stop system, is standard on all models.
Front-wheel drive models without intercooled turbos can achieve 25.4 km/L under the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s JC08 test cycle. 4WD models equipped with intercooled turbos exceed the Japanese government’s 2015 fuel economy standards by at least 20 percent, while all other models meet the Japanese government’s 2020 fuel economy standards (as specified in the Act on the Rational Use of Energy). Additionally, emissions are at least 75 percent lower than the 2005 standards set under the Japanese government’s Approval System for Low-emission Vehicles. As a result, all grades are eligible for the Japanese government’s subsidies and tax incentives for eco-cars.