A newer Hilux - Toyota gives South Africa's favourite vehicle a major overhaul

• Toyota launched its new Hilux in SA.

• The 2.8-litre diesel engine sees an increase in power and torque.

• The Hilux sees updates to both its exterior and interior.

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51 years and eight generations later, Toyota's formidable Hilux receives a mid-life revamp. Launched locally in 2016, the Hilux continued its trend as South Africa's best-selling vehicle. While this is not an entirely new bakkie, it puts the bakkie in good steed against its rivals. An all-new model is still a good number of years away, but the facelifted model promises to be the best Hilux yet.

The changes Toyota brought about are simple but very effective when one considers it in the broader scheme of things. The automaker says that the Hilux's S and SR derivatives remain unchanged - given their utility-focused nature - but the most significant changes take place in the mid-range where the Raider replaces the SRX.

Glenn Crompton, vice-president of marketing at Toyota SA, says: "The "RX model has continuously evolved in line with market requests. SRX and Raider have now effectively merged, creating an opportunity for a flagship-grade above Raider –precisely what the new Legend grade offers."

Changes: Inside and out

The new Hilux carries a fresh new face, giving it a new lease on life and a brutish look to take on its rivals. The Raider models feature a new front grille with a chrome border. The 2.4 GD-6 models get four-bulb Halogen headlamps, while the 2.8 GD-6 Raider now boasts Bi-LED headlamps and LED turn-signals. Inside, a new instrument cluster design features metallic inserts, a notched outer ring and metallic bezel. The eight-inch infotainment system incorporates a floating screen-design while retaining rotary adjustment knobs for ease of use.

The Legend name will be placed on the flagship models of the revised Hilux range. The trapezoidal grille (outlined in black) integrates with the front bumper, bonnet protector, and skid plate. Legend variants receive bespoke interior treatment with a unique accent treatment to the instrument cluster, interior trim panels, switchgear, and gear lever. Toyota says that cool, blue door illumination complements the perforated leather upholstery and black roof lining.

Dubbed the Legend 'RS', the optional accessory package (referring to Roller Shutter) will be offered on Legend-grade models with a motorised roller shutter, graphite-coloured sports bar, rubberised bedliner, assisted tailgate with central-locking function, and dust-defense kit.

Nine exterior colours are on offer, including the new Oxide Bronze and Pearl White, a first for Hilux. Attitude Black is exclusively available on the 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend. Raider models ride on 17-inch alloy wheels, while Legend derivatives are fitted with 18-inch tyres.

Toyota Hilux

2020 Toyota Hilux (MotorPress)

More power

The turbocharged 2.8-litre diesel engine in the 2.8 GD-6 sees an increase in power of 30kW, bringing outputs to 150kW. Torque for the automatic models has also been increased by 50Nm to 500Nm, while the manual models' torque remains unchanged at 420Nm. The Hilux is available with both a manual and automatic gearbox, each with six gears. The bakkie is available in 4x2 or 4x4.

On the 2.4 GD-6 4x4, Toyota says, towing capacity has been increased to 3.5-tonnes - matching that of the 2.8 GD-6 4x4.

All Hilux models have a three-year/100 000km warranty and a nine-services/90 000km service plan. Pricing starts at R385 700 for the Hilux single cab 2.7 RB S 5MT to R765 600 for the 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 6AT.


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2020 Toyota Hilux (MotorPress)

Compiled by: Charlen Raymond