To curb the
increasingly strong foothold of its opposition models in SA, Toyota has
announced a facelifted version of the ever-popular Hilux, SA’s top-selling
bakkie for the last three decades.
This is a mean bakkie – having outsold its main
competitors worldwide, the Hilux has also taken the South African market
by storm, seemingly comfortably winning the bakkie war.
With world sales totalling 11.5 million units since
the late 1960s, South African buyers have contributed 590 000 units to
this figure since 1969. Of the latest-generation model, introduced here in
1998, Toyota SA has already sold more than 80 000, the best-selling
model-generation to date ensuring Toyota a 30% share of the bakkie market.
And looking at the revamped version, this figure is set to soar further
Toyota believes the new latest model to be tougher
than ever. Surviving SA’s increasingly deteriorating roads, it has to be,
as was proved by a launch drive on some severely neglected dirt roads in
the North West.
While the fundamental mechanics remain the same,
there are some detail cosmetic improvements, including a bold new face for
lifestyle models, a completely new dash, and a special model added to the
range (the 3.0 D-E 4x4 with normally aspirated, injected diesel engine and
aircon), all amounting to a total investment of R27 million by Toyota SA –
no small figure for what is effectively a facelift, but justifiable since
the SA markets currently accounts for 9% of Toyota’s total African and
Asian market bakkie sales and 27% of total (all-model) SA sales. Some 47%
of content is local.
The tough new look complements its tough abilities.
But the Hilux is also a bakkie of firsts – it was the first local bakkie
to offer airbags and ABS on Raider models, while luxury models got
convenience items like power windows and a CD-player, all making them
identifiably more relevant and for their target market.
The 3.0 D-E special diesel model, effectively
replacing the petrol-powered 2700i SRX 4x4 double cab, is a no-frills
models aimed squarely at agricultural and heavy industrial applications,
and offers aircon, styled steel wheels, CD-player, mud flaps, very high
ground clearance, gear lock and immobiliser as standard features. It is a
model unique in the one ton market.
All models benefit
from new fenders, bonnet, grille, valance and bumpers. Raider models have
new headlamp and indicator lamp treatment, with sculptured headlight
clusters, as well as a new striping package and chrome-finish rear-view
mirrors in the top end lifestyle models. A new dash (and new centre
console for double cab Raiders), revised seat coverings, new cloth design
(Raiders with combination leather/cloth seat trim) have been applied to
all models barring the base line 2-litre short wheelbase variant.
There are 16 variants in total to suit just about any
commercial, farming and recreational application. The range covers base
line models in short and long wheelbase, a choice of either petrol or
diesel engines (2-litre petrol or 2.7-litre fuel injected petrol engines,
2.4 naturally aspirated diesel or 3.0 naturally aspirated diesel with
electronically controlled fuel pump, and a 3-litre turbo diesel engine),
as well as 4x4 and 4x2 drive configurations.
Commercial users who favour petrol driven models have
the option of the 1RZ 2.0 litre engine which produces 68 kW @ 4800 r/min
and 160 Nm of torque available at 2800 r/min.
Diesel power comes in the form of either the 2.4
litre 2L-II engine (61 kW @ 4200 r/min and 162 Nm @ 2400 r/min) or the
5L-E three litre engine on the D-E model with electronically controlled
fuel injection (72 kW @ 4200 r/min and 192 Nm @ 2400 r/min).
The big-block four cylinder 2700i petrol engine
remains as is, providing smooth and efficient power while consuming less
fuel than competitor’s top six cylinder models. Its figures are 108 kW @
4800 r/min with maximum torque of 235 Nm @ 4000 r/min.
The turbocharged 1KZ-TE diesel engine used in the 4x2
raised body single and double cab Raiders and the 4x4 double cab Raider
produces 85 kW @ 3600 r/min and a massive 315 Nm of torque at just 2000
r/min. It is without doubt one of the most impressive diesel engines
available in the bakkie market today and hugely popular with lifestyle
All models have a tachometer, digital clock,
intermittent wipe setting for the windscreen wipers, low fuel warning
light, cup holders, and vehicle security systems (that fully comply with
South African Insurance Association requirements - i.e. no additional
security equipment needs to be fitted for insurance purposes). The
2,0-litre petrol and 2,4 litre and
models have an integral gear lock, while 2700i and 3.0KZ-TE turbo diesel
models have a transponder key immobiliser system with central locking.
While the equipment list becomes more extensive the
higher the model designation, all 4x2 single cab Raiders and the 2700i
single cab 4x4 Raider are fitted with air conditioner, RDS radio with
front loading CD player, sliding rear window, bush bar, side steps, body
colour over fenders, tubular steel rear bumper, roll bar, elasticised
tonneau cover and cloth seats with leather bolsters. An electro-pneumatic
diff-lock is specified as standard equipment on the 2700i 4x2 Raider and
the 3.0KZ-TE 4x2 Raider. On the 4x4 double cab Raiders this item is
computer-controlled. Electrically operated windows are standard on the
2700i 4x2 Raider.
Five double cab models are offered in the range to
meet a variety of needs. The base line double cab is the 3.0D-E 4x4 double
cab DLX, with features including front loading CD/ radio and four
speakers, sliding rear window, bucket seats at the front covered with
cloth and tubular steel rear bumper. A diff lock to improve traction in
difficult terrain is also fitted as standard.
Models from the 2700i 4x2 (raised body) double cab
Raider upwards feature air conditioner, power steering, remote central
locking with selective unlock, radio/CD with RDS and four speakers, power
windows front and rear, sliding rear window, bucket seats at the front
covered with combination velour/leather upholstery, height adjustable head
restraints for the front seats and two integral head restraints for the
rear seat, remote fuel filler release, and tubular steel rear bumper. A
diff lock to improve traction in difficult terrain is also fitted as
The top-of-the-range 2700i and 3.0KZ-TE turbo diesel
4x4 double cab Raiders feature computer controlled rear diff lock, ABS
brakes, driver and front passenger airbags, front loading CD/radio,
electric windows, and remote controlled central locking with selective
lock and unlock.
Warranty is one year/unlimited distance and three years against rust.
Buyers also get a one year roadside assistance programme, while dealers
will provide detail on the Toyota maintenance and service plan. Service
intervals vary according to model.