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2010-03-24 07:44
Toyota’s celebrating the Hilux’s 40th birthday with an obligatory Legend 40 version.

Considering the rampant success of the Legend 35 edition (which accidently proved too popular and nearly left Toyota without run-out previous generation Hilux stock) it’s unsurprising the company has embellished its bakkie range with the requisite Legend regalia yet again.

Lots of shiny bits

This time round the country’s top selling vehicle adds a raft of stainless steel pseudo off-road styling trinkets (roll bar, side steps, nudge- and tow bar) all finished in high gloss stainless steel and featuring Legend 40 lettering.

Standard Legend 40 specification boasts a chromed front grille and door handles with the Legend 40 theme extents to the cabin courtesy of an embossed carpet set…

The Legend 40 range’s safety suite cues front airbags on the single cab models which are augmented by side and curtain airbag capability on the double-cabs. All Legend 40 Hilux models feature ABS brakes.

Expanding the pseudo luxury cabin theme is full leather trim (including doors, steering wheel rim and shifter top), satellite steering wheel controls (on the double-cabs) and cruise control on all models bar the 2.7 VVT-i.

Proven engines

Mechanically the Legend 40 range is identical to standard Hilux fare. There are nine derivatives (two single-cab and seven five-seaters)

All single cab models are powered by Toyota’s durable 3.0 D4-D engine, worth 120kW and 343Nm of peak rotational force.

The double-cab Legend 40 line-up adds 2.7l petrol power (118kW/241Nm), with the range headlined by the 175kW/376Nm 4l V6 in automatic transmission form. 

Toyota says it will limited production of the Legend 40 in an attempt to should shore up residuals for those customers who take option on the package. We think that constitutes a rather liberal dose of marketing jargon as any Hilux retains rather strong residual values regardless…

You might call it a marketing gimmick, yet the market knows Legend Hilux is usually a precursor to something entirely new from Toyota’s bakkie division…

Single Cab

3.0D-4D 4X4 Raider                        R334 900
3.0D-4D Raised Body Raider          R288 600

Double Cab

2.7 VVTi Raised Body Raider         R314 400
3.0D-4D Raised Body Raider         R359 500
3.0D-4D 4x4 Raider                       R406 600
3.0D-4D Raised Body Raider AT    R370 900
3.0D-4D 4x4 Raider AT                 R417 900
4.0 V6 Raised Body Raider AT      R366 300
4.0 V6 4x4 Raider AT                   R434 100

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