Hilux range gets extensive make-over

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The Toyota Hilux range in Mzansi has been a given a shot in the arm with the introduction of the extensively revised model which now focus more on technology, comfort and convenience.

First thing you will notice is the design which is now a lot more dynamic and aggresive (Tougher, Tougherer) with the front getting a new slim-line headlamps flanking an all-new front-grille and bumper design. There has also been a change in the model perking order with the SRX and Raider models fused into one spec called Raider. Raider models feature a large, trapezoidal front grille with broad chrome border and horizontally-separated 3D grille elements, new boomerang-shaped fog lamp bezels and an integrated bumper guard. The 2.4 GD-6 models get four-bulb Halogen headlamps, while the 2.8 GD-6 Raider now boasts a Bi-LED headlamps and LED turn-signals. S and SR models retain the previous front design.

The Legend name now signifies a new flagship grade to introduce a Hilux like never before. The trapezoidal grille (outlined in black) integrates with the front bumper, bonnet protector and skidplate, creating an imposing front façade with dark-plated headlamp inserts and a centred chrome inlay with Toyota insignia.

An optional ‘RS’ accessory package (referring to Roller Shutter) will be offered on Legend-grade models with a motorised roller shutter, graphite-coloured sportsbar, rubberised bedliner, assisted tailgate with central-locking function and dust-defense kit. Raider models get 17-inch alloy wheel in Dark Grey metallic finish. Legend models are equipped with new rugged, two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels with a machined surface and darkened centre caps. The other models retain their existing ‘footwear’.

The interior has not been left alone with Raider models getting a new instrument cluster design with metallic inserts, a notched outer ring and metallic bezel. The 8-inch infotainment system incorporates a floating screen-design while retaining rotary adjustment knobs for ease of use.

Legend variants receive bespoke interior treatment with a unique accent treatment to the instrument cluster, interior trim panels, switchgear and gear lever. Cool, blue door illumination complements the perforated leather upholstery and black roof lining.

Technically, the biggest news is the 2.8 GD-6 which now priduces 150kW/500Nm (Auto) with Toyota claiming improved economy. This engine is linked to either a 6 speed manual or 6 speed auto and can be 4×2 or 4×4. The entry level 2.0-litre petrol engine (103kW/183Nm) and 2.7-litre petrol engine (122kW/245Nm) power the S & SR models and drives only the rear wheels via a 5 speed manual transmission. The 2.4 GD-6 retains 110kW/400Nm driving either 4×2 or 4×4 models via a 6 speed manual or 6 speed auto.The 2.4 GD-6 4×4 is now claimed to tow up to 3.5 tons, matching that of the 2.8 GD-6 4×4.

Toyota engineers improved ride comfort without compromising off-road performance and durability thanks to new spring rates, shock absorbers and suspension bushes, delivering more agile handling and improving ride comfort, particularly when unladen. At the same time, Hilux maintains its renowned off-road performance, load-carrying capability, stability and body control – including performance on corrugated dirt roads. The Raider and Legend models boast an all-new 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. For the first time on Hilux, the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS, a Pre-collision system, Lane Departure Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control) forms part of the standard inventory on Legend 4×4 models.

All Hilux models are also equipped with the Toyota Connect telematics system with an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot and complimentary 15Gb data.

Warranty and Maintenance

All Hilux models have a 3-year/100 000 km warranty and a 9-services/90 000 km service plan.


Model Line-up and Pricing

S 2.7 VVTI RB S 5MT R 386,700
2.0 VVTi S 5MT R 291,100
2.0 VVTi S A/C 5MT R 299,800
2.4 GD S 5MT R 328,400
2.4 GD S A/C 5MT R 337,200
SR 2.4 GD-6 RB SR 6MT R 414,500
2.4 GD-6 4X4 SR 6MT R 482,000
RAIDER 2.4 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6MT R 447,800
2.4 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6AT R 466,100
2.4 GD-6 4X4 RAIDER 6MT R 520,700
2.4 GD-6 4X4 RAIDER 6AT R 540,900
2.8 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6AT R 532,300
2.8 GD-6 4X4 RAIDER 6AT R 602,400


RAIDER 2.4 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6MT R 460,000
2.4 GD 6 RB RAIDER 6AT R 478,200
LEGEND 2.8 GD-6 RB LEGEND 6MT R 550,000
2.8 GD-6 RB LEGEND 6AT R 574,900
2.8 GD-6 4×4 LEGEND 6MT R 622,000
2.8 GD-6 4×4 LEGEND 6AT R 647,300


S 2.7 VVTi RB S 5MT R 440,400
SR 2.4 GD-6 RB SR 6MT R 476,900
2.4 GD-6 4X4 SR 6MT R 549,200
RAIDER 2.4 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6MT R 505,200
2.4 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6AT R 521,200
2.4 GD-6 4X4 RAIDER 6MT R 583,700
2.4 GD-6 4X4 RAIDER 6AT R 609,500
2.8 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6AT R 631,900
2.8 GD-6 4X4 RAIDER 6AT R706,400
2.8 GD-6 RB  LEGEND 6AT R 696,200
2.8 GD-6 4X4  LEGEND 6MT R 733,500
2.8 GD-6 4X4 LEGEND  6AT R 765,600
4.0 V6 4X4 LEGEND  6AT R 765,200