Toyota ups its Hilux Game

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07 October 2020

SRX deleted, other models strengthened

Toyota has fired the latest shots in the Battle of the Bakkies.

The Hilux has been upgraded with changes inside and out, and the model range has also undergone some tweaking. Essentially, the SRX model is no longer, having been merged with the Raider range. The Legend models now hold the title of the flagship in the Hilux range.

The styling changes in front include a reworked grille and slimmer headlights. The front end change are most obvious on the Legend spec, with a black grille surround and dark headlamp inserts. The tail lights have also been reworked with a 3D effect.

The Raider 2.4 GD-6 (previously SRX) has improved safety with the addition of side curtain airbags. Park distance control is now standard, and the 2.8 GD-6 Raider gets bi-LED headlamps. Legend models get a unique treatment for the instrument cluster, trim panels and switchgear, with perforated leather seats and black headlining. Both Raider and Legend models get an updated 8-inch screen the infotainment system, which includes Apple CarPlay / Android Auto.

Spec for 4x4 Legend models includes adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning, with double cab models adding keyless operation and electrically operated seats to the list.

The RS package for Legend models adds a motorised roller shutter, assisted tailgate, rubberised load bed and graphite-coloured sportsbar.

For the drive, Toyota has improved the ride in the Hilux with new spring rates, shock absorbers and suspension bushes. 2.8 GD-6 models have the benefit of a bigger turbo and new common-rail injection system, which help drop fuel consumption and boost power - now 150kW / 500Nm for the auto model.

The 2.4 GD-6 4x4 is stronger, too - its towing capacity is up to 3,5 tons, the same as the GD-6 4x4.

The Hilux range pans 33 individual models, from the entry-level 2.7 VVTI RB Single Cab S manual for R386 700, to the 4.0 V6 4x4 Double Cab Legend auto for R765 200.

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