All-new Hilux debuts
It may only be arriving in South Africa early next year, but the all-new, eighth-generation Toyota Hilux is already getting us talking. Toyota’s development teams travelled the globe to get direct feedback from customers. They also drove the new Hilux on a wide variety of different roads, to get a feel for different usage conditions.
The new vehicle is completely redesigned inside and out. While retaining the tough appearance of previous models, it’s been designed to appeal to those considering a bakkie for the first time, or as an alternative to an SUV or passenger car.
The interior has also been made more luxurious. It includes an audio system with electrostatic multi-touch control panel, electronic 4WD changeover and luxury seats.
That said, the Hilux hasn’t been softened. To achieve greater capability and driving stability, an all-new rigid frame – with enlarged side sections and cross members that are larger and thicker – has been created. Suspension tuning has been optimised to combine enhanced off-road performance and comfort.
New 2,4 and 2,8-litre diesel engines have also been developed. These feature improved low-speed torque and enhanced cruising ability thanks to improved fuel efficiency. There is a new six-speed automatic transmission, while the manual gearbox features Intelligent Manual Transmission (or i-MT), which supports smooth shifting with rev-matching technology.
Reduced maintenance and repair time, thanks to enhanced serviceability around the new engine, was also a key consideration.
“It’s instantly recognisable as a Hilux, it feels like a Hilux, it drives like a Hilux – only better. Successfully melding innovation, sophistication and extrovert design with fanatical reliability, the all-new Hilux will be the benchmark. The Legend is set to continue,” says Calvyn Hamman, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing for Toyota SA.