The updated Toyota Hilux will be arriving in local showrooms soon, and we can’t wait to get behind the wheel of South Africa’s top-selling vehicle in updated guise. However, it has already hit the Australian market, which of course is very similar to our market, especially when it comes to bakkies. So, let’s take a closer look at the Toyota Hilux that is available Down Under to see what it has on offer.
A completely redesigned face with a new bold and powerful three-dimensional grille and front bumper treatment significantly increases the pick-up’s road presence and strong stature; whilst reinforcing its tough, robust, go-anywhere credentials. The striking new exterior styling is further enhanced by the availability of newly-designed front and rear LED light clusters, a new machine finish and black 18″ alloy wheel design and the addition of three new exterior colours – Emotional Red II, Dark Blue and Oxide Bronze metallic.
The upgraded interior features a new driver’s combimeter design, and a new 8″ centre console-mounted infotainment screen which adopts mechanical buttons and dials for enhanced operability under all driving conditions. The improved multimedia system features faster software and screen response and incorporates both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone integration – rejoice!
An extensive equipment list includes smart entry and push-button start, satellite navigation, automatic air-conditioning, front and rear parking sensors, and a 9-speaker JBL Premium Sound System incorporating an 800W 8-channel amplifier and CLARi-Fi technology.
The new Hilux powertrain range has been bolstered by the addition of a new, more powerful 2.8-litre diesel engine, equipping the Toyota bakkie with highly competitive performance in its segment. This new engine now develops 150kW/500Nm and will be available in Extra Cab and Double Cab body styles, with a choice of 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions mated to 4-wheel drive. Toyota claims average fuel consumption of 7.8 l/100 km.
On and off-road improvements:
For the new Hilux, the engineers’ target was to keep legendary off-road capabilities while improving on-road comfort. To ensure extreme off-road capabilities, Toyota Hilux is one of the few bakkie on the market still true to its body-on-frame architecture which can withstand twisting forces better and more durably.
The comfort and driveability of the new Hilux have been enhanced through improvements to the suspension and power steering systems. The suspension benefits from front and rear shock absorber tuning, improved leaf spring design and new bushing to combine a smoother ride with reduced impact on steps and holes.
The toys on our wish list
It is unclear whether or not the new Hilux will have the same toys as the Ford Ranger, especially when it comes to safety and comfort. The Wildtrak derivative offers heated front seats, a decent sound system and a host of safety and convenience items such as active cruise control, blind-spot assist and lane keep assist. These are key features that customers want but then again will the not be a hindrance for those that want to do extreme off-road adventures? We will be getting out hands on the latest Hilux soon enough to answer those very questions.
*The model shown below is the Invincible, we doubt that we will be getting this but could it be the Legend 55? We sure hope so!