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2014-11-14 08:35

BETTER BAKKIE: Toyota has added a Raised Body Xtra Cab version to its Hilux range. Image: Toyota

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It's 45 years sing the first Toyota Hilux came ashore in South Africa so the Durban-based brand has elected to have another anniversary edition - the Hilux Legend 45. Take a look...

JOHANNESBURG - Few companies have the kind of clout in the pick-up world that Hilux wields, especially when we're talking workhorse models.

So, after pulling out all the stops with the bells-and-whistles Legend 45 package now standard as the top-end Hilux, Toyota says it has turned its attention to the utilitarian side of things with a thorough re-work (pun intended) of the Hilux 2.5 D-4D SRX.

IMPROVED STATS

Already on sale, the new Raised Body version of the Hilux Xtra Cab replaces the previous low-body version. In response to customers' requests, the automaker says, "it addresses the need for increased ride height and ground clearance, as well as improved approach and departure angles, to tackle challenging terrain".

Heavy-duty 16" steel wheels help the raised suspension to maximise rough-road performance.

Current Xtra Cab SRX         
Differential ratio      3.583                            
Ground clearance    181                                  
Approach angle       21 degrees                    
Departure angle      18 degrees                      
Wheels                  205 / 70R 15C                

New Raised Body Xtra Cab SRX    
Differential ratio     3.909       
Ground clearance   212       
Approach angle      30 degrees       
Departure angle     23 degrees       
Wheels                 205 R16C 6J   
 
In addition, Toyota says, the specification of the Raised Body version has been aligned to other SRX models, matching the utilitarian nature of the vehicle and creating consistency across the product line-up. "In line with our hard-core aesthetics," the company explalins, "the newcomer is 'de-chromed' and gets practical black cladding for the door handles and mirrors and uses hard-wearing rough-weave fabric in the SRX."

The new retail price of R298 700 is only R5 000 more than the outgoing model.

KEY SPECS:
2.5 D-4D 4-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC diesel engine mated to a five-speed manual box
75kW from 3600rpm
260Nm from 1600-2400rpm
Mud guards - front & rear
 •Air conditioner
Audio system with Bluetooth & RDS
Steering switches
Electric windows
Power steering
USB outlet
Centre console box
Anti-theft system - siren/alarm & immobiliser
Dual front airbags
ABS
Five-year or 90 000km service plan

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