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Official: Hilux facelift for SA

2011-07-14 10:44

UPDATE: The perennial favourite, Hilux, gets a new look for 2012. Image gallery

South Africa's top selling vehicle, the Toyota Hilux, rolls round for a facelift and the first “official” images and details have been revealed.

Revisions to the bakkie range include a new design (seen briefly when a Thai PR slip resulted in partial images of the 2012 Hilux being released online) and a new interior said to hold passenger car-levels of convenience.

The entire front section of the Hilux is overhauled with a new bonnet, grille, headlights and bumper, seemingly inspired by the Toyota's latest Land Cruiser. New wing mirrors and redesigned 15- and 17” alloy wheels are part of the upgrade, too.

The Hilux cabin debuts a new upper dashboard design with a horizontal instrument cluster down the centre and Toyota Touch, a 6” touch screen multimedia interface. Darker interior finishes and metal accents are also featured.


There’s a new spec level to ostensibly fill the dual purpose of work and leisure bakkie, although it’s uncertain where it will fit into the local line-up.

The tweaks are mostly cosmetic, but Toyota states two-wheel drive versions are now equipped with the same chassis as the more robust four-wheel drive models to improve ground clearance but also up the maximum towing capacity to 2.5 ton.

Toyota introduces variably nozzle turbocharging for this Hilux’s 2.5 D-4D that sees an 18kW increase in the power output to 107kW at 3600rpm and 343Nm of torque at 2000rpm. However, Toyota quotes fuel consumption reduced marginally to 7.3 litres per 100km and CO2 emissions lower by 26g/km to 193g/km.

Diesel particulate filters for the 2.5 and 3-litre diesel engines ensure these are now Euro V compliant, too.

Built at Toyota's Prospecton plant, south of Durban, the revised Hilux will go on sale in the third quarter of 2011, Toyota SA confirmed.

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