Toyota has launched the latest iteration of its popular Hilux bakkie in South Africa, building on the Legend 50 model which was introduced in 2019.
A number of models have been consolidated and updated for the 2020 range to keep up with market trends, Toyota said.
The largest change is in the ‘mid-range’ where the SRX is replaced by the Raider.
“The SRX 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,” said Glenn Crompton, vice-president of marketing.
Toyota said that the most visible change on the new Hilux model is in the front, with new slim-line headlamps flanking an all-new front-grille and bumper design.
The 2.8 GD-6 engine delivers 150kW and 500Nm (Auto). Toyota engineers have improved fuel economy by adopting a larger turbocharger and a new common-rail injection system.
For the first time on Hilux, the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS, a Pre-collision system, Lane Departure Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control) forms part of the standard inventory on Legend 4×4 models.
Some of the specific model additions include:
- S & SR – The S-grade now features emergency brake signal and the SR-grade receives a Limited Slip Differential (LSD) and Variable Flow Control power steering;
- Raider – The 2.4 GD-6 variants (previously SRX), now also boast side and curtain airbags. LED fog lamps, enlarged Multi-Information Display (MID) and Park Distance Control (PDC) is fitted across the board, with Bi-LED main beam headlamps and chrome front treatment also part of the 2.8 GD-6 Raider;
- Legend – Double-cab 4×4 models have leather interior trim, electrically adjustable front seats, a 9-speaker audio system with dash-mounted speakers, keyless entry and push-button start.
The Raider and Legend models boast a new 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, allowing users to mirror applications off their mobile phone.
Google Maps and Waze are included, and occupants can access their music libraries and streaming accounts via Apple Music, JOOX, Spotify and SoundCloud.
Wireless telephony is supported via Bluetooth with a USB input for additional media options.
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 4×4 Legend.
All Hilux models have a 3-year/100 000 km warranty and a 9-services/90 000 km service plan.
Pricing for the single-cab Hilux S model starts at R291,100.
Pricing for the Xtra-cab Hilux Raider starts at R460,000
Pricing for the double-cab Hilux S model starts at R440,400