Coaster upgrade

The Toyota Coaster has undergone a few technical upgrades to improve safety and appeal

Safety and driver appeal are the basis of a range of improvements Toyota has made to the Coaster bus range.

All three Coaster variants now come standard with a reversing camera and three-point seatbelts for all 21 seats.

The camera image is displayed on a new 6.1-inch touch-screen audio display that also introduces satellite navigation across the range.

Drivers can use the voice-recognition function to control key aspects of the audio, navigation system and a connected smartphone.

In addition, an electronic speed limiter - controlled by the engine computer to 100km/h - has been adopted on all variants to meet regulations.

Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb says the latest upgrades to the iconic bus have improved active and passive safety, as well as vehicle usability.

"The reversing camera, satnav, touch-screen audio and voice-control functions will be welcomed by anyone who operates a Coaster, be it a professional tour driver or a volunteer from the local services club," Cramb says.

All three Coaster models are offered with a Euro 5-compliant 4.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine, 95-litre fuel tank and factory air-conditioning.

Other standard features include anti-skid brakes, power steering, tilt and telescopic adjustment for the steering column, reclining driver's seat, vinyl seat trim and a centre folding door.

Deluxe variants are upgraded with fabric seat trim, a gliding-type centre door, power door locks, an upper window for the driver's door, and two cup holders on the dashboard.

Coaster has a 38-year tradition in Australia, with nearly 20,000 buses sold to charities, community groups, local government, hotels, tour operators and mines.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Sign up to receive the ABC e-newsletter, digital magazine and other offers we choose to share with you straight to your inbox

You can also follow our updates by liking us on Facebook