Long awaited new Toyota Hilux touches down


Without doubt the most eagerly awaited new model of 2016, Toyota officially unveiled its all-new fifth generation Hilux in Johannesburg earlier this week, with the automaker claiming it to be the toughest and most advanced iteration yet.

Replacing the top selling but terminally aged fourth generation Hilux launched back in 2004, the newcomer, once again built at Toyota’s Prospecton plant in Durban, not only features a completely redesigned exterior, but has been given a complete once-over underneath, with the biggest highlight being the new range of GD turbodiesel engines up front.

Borrowing a number of styling hints from the forthcoming Fortuner, the Hilux does away with the somewhat conservative lines of its predecessor, in favour of a more aggressive appearance thanks to a pronounced front grille, swept back headlights, flared wheel arches, and V-shaped “pagoda” cab claimed to aid and improve aerodynamics.

Based on a completely new frame for improved handling and ride comfort, the Hilux is said to deliver an improved torsion rigidity of up 20%, while revised suspension geometry affords a similar gain when venturing off-road.

Using a double-wishbone suspension setup at the front and leaf springs with twin-shocks at the rear, the latter increased by 100 mm to 1 400 mm, the Hilux features a segment first torque splitting system known as Pitch and Bounce Control.

As the name suggests, the system is aimed at reducing body roll and works by using wheel sensors to determine the angle of the nose on prevailing surfaces. In addition, the now outdated low range transfer gear lever on four-wheel drive models makes way for a rotary selector with a limited slip diff now also incorporated.

Available solely on 4WD, the Hilux comes fitted with same Active Traction Control system used on the Land Cruiser 200, with the flagship Raider also boasting Downhill Assist Control that automatically applies the brakes when going downhill on loose or rough surfaces.

In another segment first, the Raider and mid-spec SRX comes equipped with Toyota’s Drive Mode selector that allows the driver to choose from ECO or POWER mode depending on preference.

Like the exterior, the interior has been given a complete makeover with an increase in head, leg and shoulder room, as well as upgraded trim and materials. Taking pride place, a new freestanding tablet-like touchscreen display replaces the previous dash integrated unit, while two 4.2-inch TFT screen occupy the instrument cluster either side of the speedometer.

High-spec models are also fitted as standard with an auxiliary glove box that uses the air-conditioning to heat and cool beverages, with a similar storage compartment between the front seats doing double duty as armrest.

As before, the Hilux is again offered in single cab, xtra cab and double cab body configurations, with power coming from three revised petrol engines and two of the aforementioned GD turbodiesel units.

A five-speed manual gearbox is the sole option on workhorse models, while a brand-new six-speed manual or similar automatic is fitted to SRX and Raider.

Unique to the six-speeders, the manual boast a unique rev-matching system known as Intelligent Manual Transmission (i-MT), which automatically blips the throttle on downchanges, while the automatic features Artificial Intelligence (AI) Shift Control that reduces gear hunting each time the throttle is depressed.

A five year / 90 000 km service plan is standard on all models.




2.0 100 kW / 182 N.m R228 900
2.0 A/C 100 kW / 182 N.m R236 400
2.4 GD 110 kW / 343 N.m R259 900
2.4 GD A/C 110 kW / 343 N.m R267 400
2.4 GD-6 Raised Body SRX 110 kW / 400 N.m R319 900
2.4 GD-6 SRX 4x4 110 kW / 400 N.m R379 900
2.4 GD-6 SR 4x4 110 kW / 400 N.m R382 900
2.7 Raised Body SRX 122 kW / 245 N.m R309 900
2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Raider 132 kW / 420 N.m R377 900
2.8 GD-6 Raider 4x4 132 kW / 420 N.m R435 900



2.4 GD-6 Raised Body SRX 110 kW / 400 N.m R339 900
2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Raider 132 kW / 420 N.m R410 900
2.8 GD-6 Raider 4x4 132 kW / 420 N.m R470 900



2.4 GD-6 Raised Body SRX 110 kW / 400 N.m R414 900
2.4 GD-6 SRX 4x4 110 kW / 400 N.m R439 900
2.4 GD-6 SR 110 kW / 400 N.m R441 900
2.7 Raised Body Raider 122 kW / 245 N.m R377 900
2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Raider 132 kW / 420 N.m R468 900
2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Raider AT 132 kW / 450 N.m R485 900
2.8 GD-6 Raider 4x4 132 kW / 420 N.m R529 900
2.8 GD-6 Raider 4x4 AT 132 kW / 450 N.m R547 900
4.0 Raised Body Raider AT 175 kW / 376 N.m R503 900
4.0 Raised Body Raider 4x4 AT 175 kW / 376 N.m R593 900