NEW HILUX: FIVE FACTS

Herald Sun - Motoring - - COVER STORY -

4WD mod­els have a “crawl” func­tion in low range and the en­gine has a slightly higher idle so farm­ers can walk along­side the HiLux as it drives it­self, for ex­am­ple when feed­ing stock.

The HiLux can change gears like a sporty Chev Corvette. Six-speed man­ual ver­sions em­ploy tech­nol­ogy that matches revs be­tween gear-changes, to make even the most ham­fisted driver shift like an ace.

A min­ing in­dus­try spe­cial pack comes ready-to-roll from show­rooms with a hi-vis flag, re­flec­tive stick­ers, heavy duty bull­bar and iso­la­tor switch.

The beefed-up front sus­pen­sion won’t sag un­der the weight of a bull­bar. More than one-third of all HiLuxes sold in Aus­tralia have bullbars fit­ted.

Two of Toy­ota’s bullbars have a James Bond-style num­ber­plate cover that flips up to run out the winch ca­ble.

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