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Official: New Hilux unveiled in Bangkok

2015-05-21 09:23

BANGKOK, Thailand - The eighth-generation Toyota Hilux was officially unveiled in Thailand today (May 21 2015), marking the start of sales of the all-new model there.

It will reach South Africa during the first quarter of 2016 and a full local range and specs will be made available closer to the launch.

BROADER APPEAL

The new Hilux exudes a tough yet refined appearance with contrasting front panel with its sturdy bumper section and the integrated look of the slender upper grille and for the first time, LED headlamps.

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Toyota says this eightht generation will appeal to buyers as an alternative to an SUV or even a car.

IMAGE GALLERY: This is the REAL next Hilux

The Hilux has been criticised for possessing a rather demure interior and the new model features a stylish instrument panel featuring a unified design aesthetic and free use of metallic decoration.

The company says luxurious features, among them audio system with electrostatic multi-touch control panel, electronic 4WD (all-wheel drive) changeover switch and luxury seats.

NEW ENGINES AND SUSPENSION

All-new rigid frame with enlarged side sections and cross members that are larger and thicker have been created and a mix of off-road performance and comfort sees an upgraded leaf-spring suspension and shock absorbers.

The new 2.4 and 2.8-litre diesel engines create torque lower down the rev range and aid extended cruising distance. They are also quieter and mated to new six-speed automatic transmissions with more steps and optimised gear ratios to maximise engine performance.

Toyota says the Hilux is the first bakkie to feature "intelligent manual transmission" (or i-MT) which supports smooth shifting with rev-matching technology.

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Comments
  • Jasper van der Westhuizen - 2015-05-21 09:41

    Errr...It looks like a Ford Ranger with an Amarok grill.

      Andrew Terr - 2015-05-21 10:57

      Steed 6

  • Leon Janse van Rensburg - 2015-05-21 10:35

    About bloody time Toyota. Looking good but Toyota has been sleeping they should have brought it out at least a year a go.

  • Sabs Mzuku - 2015-05-21 11:01

    Game on.. The torque figure is adequate, tranny now a 6er.. all good

  • Paul Gertzen - 2015-05-21 12:41

    Not a ford or Toyota fan but the ford is so much better than this ugly thing. The back may even be uglier than the BT50. Looks more like a bad facelift. Lemmings will still buy it though just like the 62%'ers

  • Carina Louw - 2015-05-21 13:23

    Who cares about Toyota. Had one and it is the worst car I ever owned. Give me a Nissan enyday.

  • Walter Fick - 2015-05-21 14:03

    It appears that the Hiux bashers waited more eagerly for the 2016 Hilux than the Hilux loyalists.......

      Rex Thedino - 2015-05-21 15:40

      I think every product have their strong points. Looks like the Hilux strong point is his followers hahaha

  • Walter Fick - 2015-05-21 14:03

    It appears that the Hiux bashers waited more eagerly for the 2016 Hilux than the Hilux loyalists.......

  • Kiaam Darries - 2015-05-23 18:28

    I'm not a Toyota fan, but the criticism is a bit harsh guys, especially if none of you has seen the real-life mcoy or driven it....?

  • Kelly O'Neill - 2015-05-24 18:40

    Nee wat nie vir my

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