Tougher-er Dakar

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Motoring -

The Toy­ota Hilux has earned a rep­u­ta­tion for strength, dura­bil­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity, and ac­cord­ing to the mar­ket­ing gu­rus the new Hilux is even tougher-er than ever be­fore. Sim­i­larly, the tor­tur­ous Dakar off-road race is the ul­ti­mate test of tough­ness for both man and ma­chine – a race in which the South African built Hilux has amassed six podi­ums since 2012. In cel­e­bra­tion of its Dakar race achieve­ments, Toy­ota South Africa re­cently in­tro­duced a lim­ited edi­tion model aptly named Hilux Dakar.

The Dakar lim­ited edi­tion sports an all­new face, fea­tur­ing a more prom­i­nent trape­zoidal grille and ‘squared-off’ de­sign with stylised Dakar in­signia at­tached to the grille, as well as a lower bumper and metal­lic grey skid plate. The ex­te­rior sports a num­ber of distinc­tive touches, most of which are given a gloss-black treat­ment. The en­velop­ing in­te­rior fea­tures an all­black treat­ment, in­clud­ing black leather uphol­stery with light grey con­trast stitch­ing to cre­ate a sporty yet premium feel. The Satel­lite Nav­i­ga­tion, and the touch-screen sys­tem also in­cludes an on-board trip com­puter and cus­tomis­able home screen, while the in­stru­ment clus­ter fea­tures white­faced gauges with or­ange nee­dle point­ers and be­spoke graph­ics.

Avail­able in ei­ther Xtra- or Dou­ble Cab con­fig­u­ra­tions, all Dakar mod­els are based on Raider mod­els and there­fore em­ploy ei­ther the proven 2.8 GD-6 pow­er­train or and switch-on-the-fly four-wheel drive transaxles are of­fered, each avail­able in ei­ther a 6-speed man­ual or 6-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The Dakar lim­ited edi­tion is re­stricted to four ex­te­rior colours – Glacier White, Chromium Sil­ver, Graphite Grey Metal­lic and a new In­ferno Or­ange Metal­lic.

Price: From R 470,300 to R 662,700

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