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7 things you need to know about the new Toyota Hilux


IT’S consistently one of the best-selling bakkies in South Africa and has proven itself over the past 45 years. The Toyota Hilux is as South African as boerewors, braais and the word, “lekka.” The Hilux has been fighting off some stiff competition from Ford, Isuzu and Volkswagen over the past few years and that’s because the Hilux got a bit old.

A replacement was needed and if you are a keen social media light then you would have seen many posts about the all-new 2016 Toyota Hilux, pictures and even videos. It’s been a long time coming as photos were leaked a few months ago. We have some information on the new Toyota Hilux that should interest you.

#1: The Hilux has been completely re-engineered from the design to the option of new and refined engines.

#2: At the front we have a very beefy looking front grille, LED day-time running lights and big, chunky wheel arches to enhance its dominating presence.

#3:  We have heard reports of keyless entry and start on the top-spec models, as well as more legroom in the rear. The loading tray is also slightly bigger than before.

#4: Inside the New Hilux, things have been drastically changed. From images that we have seen there is a centre touch screen mounted to the newly designed dashboard. We have also seen pictures of rear air vents for passengers.

#5: At the rear you can expect an inbuilt reverse camera on top-spec models and a new rear bumper design.

#6: Underneath, Toyota has decided to stick with the leaf-springs and dual shock absorbers. The leaf-springs are longer, but Toyota claims that the ride comfort is much improved. It still features drum brakes at the rear.

#7: We know that the Hilux will launch in Australia with the option of two turbo diesels in the form of a new 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre and two petrol engines. These engines will offer more power and improved fuel efficiency.They will also offer the Australians a six-speed automatic gearbox with what Toyota calls an Intelligent Manual Transmission with rev-matching technology - a bakkie first. There will also be a six-speed manual gearbox available. We don’t have many details on power outputs but numerous sources abroad reckon the 2.8 is good for 130kW and 450Nm of torque when fitted with the automatic gearbox.

As for pricing on the new Toyota Hilux we’ll have to wait until it is officially launched in South Africa, which should be towards the beginning of next year. At Autodealer, we’re looking forward to the arrival of the new Hilux and the epic battle it will have with the newer Ford Ranger.

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