Toyota Probox (like Toyota Succeed) was created as a successor to the Toyota Corolla Van model and has been widely recognized as a commercial vehicle. Probox is notable for its high environmental friendliness and reasonable price; the car was also widely popular among young people and women. It was possible to draw general attention to the Probox largely due to the simplicity and unpretentious design - in front of the car, the silhouette, which conveys a sense of confidence, and a lightweight, no-frills body ensure success in the market. The Toyota Probox lineup is divided into two versions: utilitarian (Van) and passenger (Wagon). The second are indicated by the letter G in the body brand and are equipped with only 1.5-liter engines.
The first-generation Toyota Probox Wagon in 2002 went on sale in two trim levels: F and the “F extra package”. Unlike the completely utilitarian Probox Van, the Probox Wagon model allows for some “frills”, for example, a sofa with fabric upholstery and a thicker, soft pillow is installed on the back, which is much more comfortable to sit on. The standard equipment includes air conditioning, power steering, cup holders, extendable table. Depending on the version, the car can have one, two or all four electric windows, a remote key, an audio system with two speakers, tinted windows, a rear wiper, wheel caps, and it was also possible to get body-colored mirrors and door handles. The “F extra package limited” version (since 2003) features a chrome grille, factory tinted windows, improved interior trim and seat upholstery.
Under the hood of the Toyota Probox Wagon is one of Toyota’s most common engines - the 1.5-liter 1NZ-FE, which can be found on dozens of different Toyota models. This unit is one of the examples of simplicity and manufacturability. Design type DOHC, electronic injection, variable valve timing system VVT-i, maximum power 105/109 liters. with. (at 6000 rpm), maximum torque 138/141 Nm (at 4200 rpm). On the Probox Wagon, the engine works in conjunction with a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual, in both cases four-wheel drive is available. The engine block of the 1NZ-FE engine is aluminum, there is no possibility of bore cylinders, but with an increase in oil consumption due to natural wear and tear of the piston rings, you can try to get by with replacing them. A chain with reduced links when worn or poorly tensioned can jump from tooth to tooth, which will cause valves and pistons to meet. Key recommendations: timely service, use only high-quality oil.
At the heart of the Probox and Succeed models is the NCP60 platform, on which the Vitz hatchback and the Platz sedan were previously created. The suspension is made according to the classical scheme for compact cars: in front there is a MacPherson strut, in the back - a beam on trailing arms with separated springs and shock absorbers, in all-wheel drive cars (V-Flex Fulltime 4WD) - a continuous axle. Ventilated disc brakes front, drum rear. The dimensions of the car body: length 4195 mm, width 1690 mm, height 1510 mm. Ground clearance 155 mm. The wheelbase is 2550 mm, the turning radius is 4.8-5.2 m. The load capacity of the machine is about 400 kg. Interior dimensions 1645 x 1405 x 1245 mm (L x W x H). The luggage compartment of the Probox Wagon is quite roomy, with an almost square-shaped opening, the back of the rear seat folds up entirely. Depending on the position of the rear seat, the depth of separation is 1040/1810 mm, height / width 935/1420 mm, loading height 585 mm.
As a safety standard, Toyota Probox Wagon 2002-2013 has airbags for the driver and passenger, ABS with EBD (electronic brake force distribution) and an assisted braking system. Adjustable head restraints at the front and rear contribute to better passenger safety. Since August 2005, all vehicles have been equipped with a manual headlight range adjustment mechanism; fog lamps have been installed on almost all standard equipment. An improvement from April 2012 for the Probox Wagon includes the optional headrest and three-point seat belt for the central rear seat.
Toyota Probox is an excellent example of a passenger-and-freight car. For its purposes (household, small transportation) it is almost perfect. Moreover, the equipment of the Probox Wagon is not so primitive, if we talk about the complete set. The car has a simple and reliable suspension, moderately stiff and with decent moves, and spare parts are quite common. A tangible drawback is the inability to fold the back seat in parts.