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Hilux Raider 48V – it’s electrifying!

You’ve heard about it, you’ve read about it and you’ve probably seen a photograph or two in the media… but you might still be wondering what exactly a Toyota Hilux Raider 48V is… We were fortunate enough to attend the launch in KZN earlier this week, so here’s the what, the how and the how much…

The introduction of 48V technology to Hilux and Fortuner is in line with Toyota’s multi-pathway approach, which encompasses diverse eco-friendly technologies through various powertrain options. The Japanese carmaker believes that in order to significantly reduce carbon emissions, it should offer different powertrains – including hydrogen internal combustion engine vehicle (HICEV), fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and even conventional internal combustion engines (ICE) powered by alternative fuels.

The 48V technology is therefore a step in the direction towards achieving carbon neutrality for Toyota.

That’s the corporate speak, but what does it mean for you and I?

48V (Mild Hybrid) Technology

Photo by Cornel van Heerden www.cornelvanheerden.com

Available in certain 4×2 and 4×4 double-cab Legend and Raider grades as well as Fortuner, the 48V technology is quite the game-changer. In a nutshell, it incorporates a motor generator, 48-volt battery, and DC/DC converter into Toyota’s 2.8-litre GD-6 turbodiesel four-cylinder powertrain and six-speed automatic transmission. This not only enhances fuel economy and powertrain smoothness but also elevates the vehicle’s off-road capabilities.

I was sceptical about this, but once we’d completed the launch route from Durban to the KZN Midlands via the Valley of a Thousand Hills (or the Valley of a Thousand Potholes and Speed Bumps, as I prefer to call it) I was sold. The 48V technology really does make a difference!

Photo by Cornel van Heerden www.cornelvanheerden.com

One of the most significant advantages of the 48V technology is its impact on fuel consumption. By enabling the fitment of a stop-start system to the turbodiesel engine, it can reduce fuel consumption by approximately 10% compared to normal 2.8-litre engines.   

I have never been a fan of stop-start, but the 48V system makes the stop-start system impressively smooth and seamless. The speed of the engine restart is also noticeably short, adding to the smooth nature of the start-stop system.

Fitting a 48V system also allows the engine to be switched off for longer than a typical internal combustion engine when stopped in traffic. Engine idling speed is reduced in these technology grades, from 720r/min to 600r/min.

Photo by Cornel van Heerden www.cornelvanheerden.com

When decelerating, the motor generator recovers braking energy, contributing to a natural braking feeling and making driving easier. When accelerating, the motor generator can provide power assistance in areas of lower engine efficiency to increase responsiveness and smooth acceleration.

Photo by Cornel van Heerden www.cornelvanheerden.com

Going off-road

Hilux 4×4 (and Fortuner) variants equipped with 48V technology add Multi-Terrain Select, which includes modes that enhance wheel traction on a range of road surfaces.

The motor generator unit has been positioned high in the engine bay to ensure the technology system retains the excellent off-road ability of the Hilux.

If you’re worried about how water crossings will affect the 48V tech, don’t be. The motor generator is positioned to support and maintain wading performance at 700mm. The motor generator belt is redesigned with ribbed fabric to prevent slippage when wet, while the 48V battery and DC/DC converter are located within the cabin to keep them high and dry.

Photo by Cornel van Heerden www.cornelvanheerden.com

A nip here and a tuck there

Toyota also took the opportunity to introduce a few cosmetic changes to the Raider range. This includes a refreshed front-end featuring a redesigned front bumper, honeycomb mesh grille, and newly designed fog lamp bezels.

Other new design elements include black side mirrors and door handles (on the 2.8 models), and rear bumper and tailgate handle – marking a discernible departure from chrome accents.

The 2.4 model gains retractable mirrors, while the 2.8 boasts leather seats and eight-way power seat adjustment on the driver’s side. The Raider 48V adds jam protection, auto up/down windows on all windows, push start, smart entry, and Multi-Terrain Select.

Photo by Cornel van Heerden www.cornelvanheerden.com

Get connected

Honestly, this is the part we usually skip over in press releases, but we felt that it’s worth a mention. Did you know that all Toyota owners can sign up for a personal MyToyota profile?

MyToyota is designed by Toyota SA to provide a platform for owners to quickly and conveniently access all information and services related to their vehicles. In addition, all new Toyota vehicles are fitted with a device that opens up a whole new world of features. Simply opt in and you have access to in-car WiFi capability (with a complimentary 25Gb), along with a host of supplementary Connect services.

So, if you’re one of those people who want to be connected, no matter where you are, this is a value-added feature that most definitely sweetens the pot when you buy a Toyota product!

Photo by Cornel van Heerden www.cornelvanheerden.com

Model line-up and pricing

Extra Cab:
Hilux Raider 2.8 GD-6 RB  6ATR587 200
Hilux Raider 2.8 GD-6 4X4 6MTR563 200
Double Cab:
Hilux Raider 2.8 GD-6 4×4 6MTR612 100
Hilux Raider 2.8 GD-6 RB  6ATR633 200
Hilux Raider 2.8 GD-6 4×4 6MTR684 800
Hilux Raider 2.4 GD-6 4×4 6ATR716 300
Hilux Raider 2.8 GD-6 RB 6ATR769 900
Hilux Raider 2.8 GD-6 RB 6AT 48VR785 400
Hilux Raider 2.8 GD-6 4×4 6ATR858 600
Hilux Raider 2.8 GD-6 4×4 6AT 48VR876 600

*All Toyota Hilux Raider models come standard with a 9-services/90 000km service plan and a 3-year/100 000km warranty. Customers can additionally purchase service/maintenance/warranty extensions via the Toyota dealer network.

Photo by Cornel van Heerden www.cornelvanheerden.com

Toyota-Approved Accessories

In addition, customers investing in the refreshed Raider can also customise their vehicles with a wide range of Toyota-approved lifestyle accessories – such as roof racks, cross bars, rooftop tents, roof boxes, bike carriers, fridges, recovery boards, solar panels, and more.

The lifestyle range complements the existing array of accessories, including tow bars, styling bars, nudge bars, side steps and canopies.

The great news is that customers can order and fit these accessories through their Toyota dealer and invoice with their vehicles for a one-stop-shop experience.

Collaborating with respected suppliers such as Ironman 4×4, 4×4 Megaworld, Front Runner, IVXIVBUSHINDABA, and Thule, the accessories range is competitively priced and offers convenience through Toyota dealers across South Africa and neighbouring countries.

With these enhancements, the refreshed Hilux Raider solidifies its position as the ultimate choice for South Africans who appreciate performance, style, and uncompromising versatility. “The enhanced Hilux range brings welcome enhancements to the range, ensuring that SA’s favourite bakkie remains a popular choice for commercial and adventure-focused customers alike,” adds Crompton.

The accessories are compatible with various lifestyle vehicles such as Hilux, Fortuner, Land Cruiser Prado, Land Cruiser 70 Series and Land Cruiser 300.

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