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A New Era For Pick-Up, Every Inch A Hilux

A New Era For Pick-Up, Every Inch A Hilux
The new eighth-generation Hilux.
October 08
03:00 2015

Toyota has released the toughest Hilux ever.

It is a new-generation range that combines impressive global advances with extensive local development and evaluation designed to conquer the most rugged operating conditions.

Almost every aspect of the eighth-generation Hilux has been strengthened, including a thicker frame, stiffer body, new high-torque turbo-diesel engines.

It has advanced six-speed transmissions, beefed-up suspension and brakes, and expanded off-road ability.

At the same time, the latest Hilux offers SUV-like features including a more compliant ride.

It has quieter cabins and higher levels of comfort and convenience with standard air-conditioning, touch-screen display audios, cruise control, more supportive seats and power-operated windows, mirrors and door locks.

New Hilux also has a distinctive new flavour with Toyota’s local engineers undertaking an unprecedented six-year program that delivered a new rugged suspension package, enhanced underbody protection, and electronic control systems tuned for more effective operation on gravel and during off-road driving.

Toyota anticipates the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating), seven airbags including driver’s knee protection, vehicle stability and traction control, anti-skid brakes with brake assist, and trailer sway control.

One of Fiji’s favourite pick-up has taken the ‘unbreakable’ Hilux DNA to new heights due to Toyota’s global expertise in developing tough trucks.

The new Hilux is remarkable for the way it inspires go-anywhere confidence, advances its role as a workhorse and is also fun to drive with SUV-like ride, handling, comfort and convenience.

All automatic Hilux models are fitted with a new six-speed electronically controlled transmission that adopts artificial intelligence and other measures to support both improved performance and economy.

The sequential shift mode features blipping downshifts.

The newly developed and tested suspension package is now standard for ‘tough’ regions including Australia, South America, South Africa, the Middle East and Russia.

Tuning and new components – including a thicker front stabiliser bar and larger diameter shock absorbers – enhance durability and provide better control of body roll and impact harshness.

Off-road capability is deeper than ever with rear-wheel articulation improved by up to 20 per cent, the fitment of a rear differential lock on 4×4 SR and SR5, and improved approach and departure angles on most pick-ups.

Ground clearance is 279mm on 4×4 double cabs. Rear-seat occupants also have more knee clearance.

Fresh exterior styling reinforces the tough and refined image for Hilux with a pronounced bumper combined with sharp-look headlamps, which are LED on SR5.

A higher quality interior includes a modern tablet-style touch screen and steering-wheel controls for phone and multimedia functions.

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