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Toyota Hilux is all-new from the ground up

2005-06-11 10:02

Under this project Toyota South Africa truly come of age as a large volume export vehicle manufacturer as one of the fOUR global manufacturing bases for the IMV.

The new Hilux comes to South Africa just eight months after the start of production in Thailand, the major source plant for the IMV project.

For the South African market Toyota has tailored a 15 model range, one less than the previous Hilux, to cater for the widest spectrum of customer needs.

Throughout the range there is a focus on the key IMV design requirements of durability, economy of operation, comfort, and affordability.

Three specification levels cater for the basic utility market (base), a mid-range added comfort level (SRX) and a luxury specification (Raider). To this is added a choice of either petrol or diesel engines- all engines are new generation designs for the new Hilux- in a range of 2.0; 2.7; and 4.0 litre petrol engines and 2.5 and 3.0 litre diesel engines.

Then there is the choice of either Single Cab or Double Cab and 4x2 or 4x4 drive and Raised Body. An all new addition is an automatic transmission option on the top of the range Raider 4.0 V6 model.

Single Cab

In the new Hilux Single Cab line-up, a range that has as its major market fleet and utility users, buyers have the widest choice of models with nine derivatives available. In this range the petrol engine choice is between a 2.0 litre four-cylinder unit that develops 100 kW and 182 Nm of torque, or 2.7 litre four cylinder with maximum power of 118 kW and 241 Nm of torque.

Both are new generation 16-valve VVT-i engines designed to optimise power and economy.

Those that favour diesel power have a choice of either the 2.5 litre D-4D engine or the 3.0 litre D-4D unit. Both are latest generation aluminium cylinder head, turbo charged common rail direct injection engines.

The 2.5 litre engine has two specification levels.

Maximum power for both units is 75 kW with torque for the normal specification engine rated at 200 Nm. The 4x4 and Raised Body models are fitted with a Hi-spec version of this engine with torque of 260 Nm.

The 3.0 litre D-4D engine produces 120 kW and torque of 343 Nm and features a variable vane turbocharger and intercooler.

Base specification

The Hilux base specification is available in single cab configuration only, with the option of either the 2.0 litre four cylinder petrol engine or the 2.5 litre turbocharged diesel engine. Transmission is 5-speed manual. Wheels are 14 inch steel fitted with 195R14C tyres.

The base specification level includes:

  • Mud flaps front and rear
  • Fuel tank protector
  • Rack and pinion power steering (fitted across the range)
  • Height adjustable steering wheel
  • 60/40 split front bench seat with PVC seat facings
  • PVC floor covering
  • Tinted windows all round
  • Dual glove boxes
  • Door pockets
  • 2 cup holders
  • Headlamp on warning buzzer
  • Remote fuel flap release
  • Load sensing, proportioning, and bypass valve for rear brakes
  • Safety cell cab construction
  • Door impact beams
  • Head impact protection trim
  • Brake pedal intrusion limiter
  • Energy absorbing steering wheel and column
  • Transponder key immobiliser and alarm system
  • 80 litre fuel tank

The SRX specification broadly equates to Toyota's Corolla passenger car GLE comfort level and is offered with the same choice of engines and manual 5-speed transmission as the Hilux base model.

The following specification items are added:

  • 207/70R15C tyres fitted to 15 inch steel rims
  • Rear step bumper
  • Air conditioning
  • RDS radio with front loading CD player and MP3 functionality
  • Cloth seat facings
  • Fitted carpet floor covering
  • Sliding rear window

Added features on the Hilux Single Cab Raised Body SRX are:

  • Hi-spec 2.5 litre D-4D engine- maximum of 260Nm available
  • Rear differential lock
  • 205R16C tyres fitted to 16 inch steel rims
  • Bucket type seats with cloth upholstery
  • 3 cup holders

Added features on the Hilux Single Cab SRX 4X4 are:

  • 2.7 Litre VVT-i petrol engine with maximum power of 118 kW and 241 Nm of torque
  • Part time 4X4
  • Shift on the fly 4X4 with automatic front differential engagement
  • Steering pump check valve to reduce ground shock transfer
  • No rear step bumper is fitted on the 4x4 SRX

The Hilux Raised Body Raider specification offers a full suite of luxury specification items. Engine choices at this specification level are the 2.7 litre petrol engine with maximum power of 118kW and peak torque of 241 Nm, and the 3.0 litre D-4D diesel engine with maximum power of 120 kW and peak torque of 343 Nm.

Included at this specification level are all the base model and SRX specification items plus:

  • 255/70R15C tyres fitted to 15 inch alloy rims
  • Colour coded front bumper and over-fenders
  • Chrome side mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Side steps
  • Rear step bumper
  • Powered front windows
  • Power remote side mirrors
  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Seat belts with pretensioners and force limiters
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Remote central locking with selective unlock
  • On these models the dual glove boxes are replaced by a single unit and no front mud flaps are fitted

A 'Raider Plus' factory fitted option that adds a roll over bar and tonneau cover is available.

Double Cab

The new Hilux Double Cab range consists of six model derivatives with one utility SRX specification diesel 4X4 model, petrol and diesel Raised Body 4X2 models in Raider specification, and petrol and diesel Raider specification 4x4 models.

The range is topped off by the 4.0 V6 petrol Raider 4X4 with automatic transmission.

  • The Hilux Double Cab SRX 4X4 is powered by the Hi-spec version of the 2.5 litre D-4D engine which produces 75 kW and 260 Nm of torque.
  • The Raised Body 4X2 models are powered by either the 2.7 litre VVT-i petrol engine (118 kW/241Nm), or the new 3.0 litre D-4D turbocharged and intercoooled diesel engine (120 kW/343 Nm). This same engine is used in the Double Cab 4x4 Raider.
  • The Double Cab 4x4 Raider is also available with the all new 4.0 litre V6 petrol engine is offered together with a choice of either 5-speed manual or 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.

The Double Cab SRX specification includes:

  • Part time 4X4 with automatic front differential engagement
  • Rear differential lock
  • Front and rear mud flaps
  • Steering pump check valve to reduce ground shock transfer
  • 205R16C tyres on 16 inch steel wheels
  • Height adjustable steering wheel
  • Air conditioning
  • RDS radio with front loading CD player and MP3 functionality
  • Bucket front seats with cloth seat facings
  • Fitted carpet floor covering
  • Tinted windows all round
  • Sliding rear window
  • Centre console bin with lid
  • Dual glove boxes
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Tip up rear seat cushions with under seat storage compartments
  • Five cup holders
  • Headlamp on warning buzzer
  • Remote fuel flap release
  • Load sensing, proportioning valve for rear brakes
  • Tailgate mounted high level stop light
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Safety cell cab design
  • Door impact beams
  • Head impact protection trim
  • Brake pedal intrusion limiter
  • Energy absorbing steering boss and column
  • Transponder key immobiliser and alarm

The Raised Body Raider specification adds:

  • Colour coded front bumper and over-fenders
  • 15 inch alloy wheels fitted with255/70R15C tyres
  • Dark grey rear step bumper
  • Chrome side mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Side steps
  • Power windows front and rear
  • Power remote side mirrors
  • ABS anti-lock brakes
  • Driver and passenger front airbags
  • Pretensioners and force limiters for front seat belts
  • Remote central locking with selective unlock
  • Mud flaps are fitted at the rear only on these models
  • Choice of the 4,0 litre V6 petrol engine with maximum power of 175kW and peak torque of 343Nm.
  • Automatic transmission option together with 175kW/376Nm 4,0 litre V6 petrol engine. Cruise control is a standard feature on this model.

On the 4x2 Raised Body Raider models the 4X4 specific items such as shock limiting steering pump are excluded from the specification.

The dual glove box configuration is replaced by a single unit on air bag equipped models. Front mud flaps are not fitted at this level.

A 'Raider Plus' factory fitted option that adds a roll over bar and tonneau cover is available.

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