Mid- range Hilux practicality

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT -

The new Hilux has al­ready sold over 2 400 units and sales of the new sin­gle- cab and Xtra– cab mod­els are sure to in­crease.

The mid- range bakkies are not cheap, prices start at just un­der R260 000 for the ba­sic, fivespeed sin­gle cab and at al­most R415 000 for the en­try level 2,4 SRX with a six speed trans­mis­sion, but Toy­ota said in a state­ment the over­all grade strat­egy of the new Hilux line- up, “midgrade” en­gines are paired with “mid- grade” spec­i­fi­ca­tion pack­ages, in or­der to pro­vide max­i­mum value to the cus­tomer and align the over­all pack­age with the re­quire­ments of the tar­get mar­ket. As such the 2,4 fam­ily of en­gines per­form duty across all three bodyshapes, in the work­horse and SRX grade mod­els.

In stan­dard form the 2,4 en­gine makes a class lead­ing torque out­put of 343 Nm, but the GD en­gine boosts this to 400 Nm. The SRX of­fers as stan­dard power win­dows, a 12- volt power out­let, ad­justable ex­te­rior mir­rors, ABS brakes, re­mote cen­tral lock­ing and an all- new anti- theft sys­tem,

Only ex­tra cab and dou­ble cabs ver­sions have tilt and tele- scopic steer­ing ad­just­ment. En­try level 2,4 mod­els get a fivespeed trans­mis­sion with the SRX ver­sions of­fer­ing six gears.

Toy­ota claims rather good fuel ef­fi­ciency for the 3x3 “Raised Body” dou­ble- cab — only 7,1 l/ 100 km.

The sin­gle- cab can tow a braked trailer of 2 500 kg, the 2.4 GD- 6 tows 2 750 kg and the 4x4 tows 3 200 kg.

All mod­els are ac­com­pa­nied by a five year or 90 000 km ser­vice plan, with ser­vice in­ter­vals set at 10 000 kilo­me­tres.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

The pulling power of the new “midrange” 2,4 Hilux can be boosted to a lead­ing 400 Nm.

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