Toyota HiAce Convertible is a joke, but very cool

There were quite a few funny, clever and downright silly April Fool’s jokes in the auto industry yesterday, but here’s one that really caught our eye. It’s a Toyota HiAce Convertible concept.

Toyota says it created the concept to help celebrate the upcoming arrival of the all-new HiAce, and jokingly says the convertible roof option will be available across the entire range, including two-seat long wheelbase, crew vans and even the 12-seat Commuter buses.

Obviously it is just a joke, but the designers have crafted something pretty awesome we think. The roof is a soft-top design and features a Z-fold mechanism. With the roof peeled back there is just one roll-over hop protecting the front passengers, with a clear view upward for the rear passengers. Speaking about the concept, Toyota Australia’s head of public affairs, Brodie Bott, said:

“There’s no denying the HiAce has been a popular choice for tradespeople and couriers alike, and now with the HiAce Convertible, we expect it will be even more popular with more people. Not only is it a vehicle that can navigate busy city streets and get you from A-to-B in comfort and safety, it also gives you the freedom to open up the roof and head down the coast for a weekend getaway.”

To add further novelty, Toyota Australia is proposing a ‘PieAce’ option, which includes a fan-forced oven and grille mounted within the tailgate. It features four cooking racks and reaches temperatures of up to 250 degrees, offering slow-cooker functionality.

Laughing aside, it’s actually a pretty cool concept. Imagine taking the family for a trip down the coast in one of these. Obviously safety isn’t ideal, but still, the joy of it.

The all-new 2020 Toyota HiAce (the regular models) will go on sale in Australia in May. It will be offered with a powerful V6 petrol engine option for the first time, along with a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.