Toyota Raider gets more firepower

2012-12-18 08:43

Toyota's Hilux 2.5 D-4D raised-body Raider double-cab is the latest recipient of Toyota’s technologically advanced and more powerful variable-nozzle turbo diesel engine.

This new engine, in line with the current automotive downsizing trend and already used in the Toyota Fortuner 2.5, has more power and uses less fuel despite its modest size.

The performance stats, Toyota says, are impressive: power shoots up from 75kW to 106kW and torque rises substantially from 260 to 343Nm.


"A lot of the credit for this," Toyota says, "must go to the variable-nozzle turbo, a technological tour-de-force. The turbine blades are widely adjustable, allowing the blade angles to be optimised according to engine load, or close when exhaust gas pressure is still weak to force the exhaust gas to flow in a narrower area."

This, Toyota explains, increases the gas flow pressure that allows the turbo to work. At high rpm, the blades are fully open to avoid the kind of pressure that can damage a turbocharger.

"It’s also worth noting that the turbo is activated at very low rpm because the blades are then powered by an electric motor."

The new engine is available only with a five-speed manual transmission but all Raider models and the SRX Xtra Cab, in addition to the engine upgrade, now have power-folding external mirrors and manual headlight levelling.

The new raised-body Hilux Raider 2.5 D-4D double-cab costs R358 000 (inc VAT) and is delivered with a five-year or 90 000km service plan.

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  • riotousr - 2012-12-18 09:54

    Please send one to my address.

  • maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-12-18 15:06

    106kW, from a 2,5? Impressive? Compared to what? Even the Chinese get more, and that out of 2.0l's .No thank you, i prefer real engines. Not dinkie toy engines.

      anthony.ueckermann - 2012-12-18 15:55

      VW 2.5 TDI makes 128kw and 400 nm of torque. It does the job very nicely :-)

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-12-18 17:36

      @Anthony, my point exactly. Why can everybody else get decent power out of their engines, but Toyota can not? And still the retarded buy their cars? Hell no. Not even for R258 000.

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-12-19 12:16

      Toyota are conservative with bakkie engines because they build them to last, and run on crappy fuel in Africa ( Take your VW into Africa and see ). When they want to get power out of an engine they can do so very easily ( 4A-GE , LF-A )

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-12-19 14:21

      @thando, oh bull twang! The falacy that Toyota is so reliable exists only in your mind. Do yourself a a favour and look at the warantee stats. Then look at the price of repairing one of those lazy Toyota engines. You will be shocked at how bad the "legendary" Toyota reliability actually is. Just phone your local Jap engine exchange if you don't belive me.

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-12-19 15:22

      @Maarten - I'm not saying that you will never ever have a problem with one , but from what I see in the real world ( cars of friends , family and speaking to fleet guys ) , the reputation is deserved. The only problem that I've heard of in recent times is that some guys had to replace injectors on Fortuners ( which can be expensive ).

  • Dev.Oli4 - 2012-12-18 21:54

    Ford Ranger 2.2D, 110KW 375NM. R337 000. Sorry Toyota!!!! Not everyone's stupid!!

      jango.za - 2012-12-26 22:47

      When you buy a Ford - you most certainly are...

      Dev.Oli4 - 2012-12-29 07:22

      Happy New Year Jango!!

  • joahan.smal - 2012-12-19 12:15

    But will it last and what happens when the electronics pack up thousands of kilometers from the nearest Toyota hospital? No thank you guys, I'll rather stick to basic vehicles such as the Nissan Patrol PU or Land Cruiser.

  • sean.ohagan.777 - 2012-12-26 18:09

    Toyota is running scared. The Ford Ranger is far better than the Toyota Hilux and the Chev Trailblazer outguns the Fortuner on all fronts. If you still think that Toyota's reputed reliabity is worth paying a premium for, read toyotasucks.co.za and be enlightened.

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