HILUX is just
For 2014, the homegrown Hilux hase come in for a spot of surgery. Most of the changes take place indoors with models becoming recipients of the new black-hued dashboard (as opposed to the outgoing grey palette).
An all-new multimedia system (with large display monitor) now becomes standard on high-end Hilux models (3.0 D-4D and 4.0 V6 double cabs). Some of the features of this new system include photo viewer, video/DVD playback (when the vehicle is stationary), full-colour album art display and expanded interface categories for music downloads.
The Hilux Double Cab 3.0 and 4.0 models now also come with a back guide monitor as standard.
At a glance:
• Black dashboard finish
• Hilux 3.0 and 4.0 Double Cabs – all new multimedia system with added functionality
• Hilux 3.0 and 4.0 Double Cabs (Raised Body and 4x4) – back guide monitor
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) introduccess an upgraded Toyota Hilux range in Southern Africa. The range, which is manufactured in South Africa at Toyota’s world class manufacturing plant in Prospecton, Durban, is available at Toyota dealers countrywide and will be exported to 57 countries in Africa and Europe.
Wide range, multiple options
The range includes 21 vehicle derivatives, which consists of nine single cab models, three Xtra Cab models and nine double cab versions. The range further offers a choice of five different engine options, two drive trains and two gearbox options.
The single cab range can be purchased as workhorse or leisure focussed vehicle and will offer the choice of 2.0 VVT-i and 2.7 VVT-i petrol or 2.5 D-4D and 3.0 D-4D turbo diesel engines.
The Xtra Cab range offers the option of a 4x2 2.5 D-4D SRX version and a 3.0 D-4D versions in 4x2 and 4x4 configuration.
The highly popular double cab range offers a wide range of engine, gearbox and drive train options, including the 2.5 D-4D and 3.0 D-4D turbo diesel engines, as well as the tried and trusted 2.7 VVT-i and powerful 4.0 V6 petrol engines.
The range of engines are paired with either a five speed manual gearbox or a four speed automatic gearbox with AI-Shift control that mates the gearbox shifting patterns the driver intentions and road conditions.
Fresh and bold design
The Toyota Hilux range offers a modern design, emphasising its tough underpinnings that keep the vehicle truly appealing.
Seen from the front the Hilux offers the first cues of its tough nature. The bonnet, with clearly defined centre bulge creates a powerful presence. The bonnet lines flow through to the bold grille that is a central feature on all Hilux models and is chromed on SRX and Raider models.
The grille features a trapezoidal design with wide horizontal slats. On the upper level the grille is flanked by headlights, which features clear in-light definition between the different light sections and a slight protrusion that places emphasis on the vehicle’s strong shoulder lines.
Below the grille the bumper mirrors the shape of the grille. It is in turn flanked by fog lights, with chromed bezels on top spec versions. The bumper itself is designed to further strengthen the powerful look.
Viewed from the side the Hilux overfenders on the Raider versions that give it a wider stance and that tie in with the rear flowing character line. Raider and SRX versions further boasts side mirrors with integrated side turn indicators and the higher specification models offer alloy wheels as standard.
At the back of the Hilux the rear light design will immediately catch the eye. The lights were penned to fit with the design brief and as such they are bold, with clear squared off distinctions between the different rear lights. The indicators and reverse lights feature clear light coverings.
All SRX and Raider models further feature a clear centrally mounted stop light on the rear tailgate.
Step inside the Hilux and the first prominent feature is the sqaured off instrument cluster. The instrument cluster features analogue instrumentation and gloss black detailing on Base models and Optitron instrumentation with graduated amber lighting, chrome highlights and finer detailing on high spec versions.
The instrument cluster shares the cabin’s high grade materials with the centre console. The console was also designed with the overall bold design theme in mind and is wider than the unit on previous models.
The silver detailing on the centre console is repeated on the steering wheel on Raider models. The four spoke steering wheel with high volume foam padding offers silver detailing and remote controls for the audio and Bluetooth systems.
Overhead the designers have fitted a centre console with convenience lights, overhead storage compartment and microphone and speaker system for the hands free mobile phone system.
Creature comforts abound
Base and Base S models feature body coloured front bumper and painted grille.
SRX grade versions offers a USB jack as standard, while single cab models have powered outside mirrors.
The Xtra Cab in SRX grade have exterior chrome detailing, front fog lamps, an illuminated entry system and audio steering switches.
The SRX specification level is trumped by the Raider grade. Single cab Raider models feature the high mounted stop lamp on the rear tailgate and instrumentation with Multi-Information Display and steering controls.
Xtra Cab Raider models further boasts a wheel size of 17 inches, the inclusion of Toyota’s Display Audio system with USB and iPod connection, a lockable tailgate and a short pole antenna.
Move to the flagship Double Cab Raider models and the driver will find a height adjustable driver seat and automatic headlights. The 3.0 D-4D and 4.0 V6 models also features vehicle stability control (VSC) to compliment the Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) systems.
Widest possible engine range
Three petrol engines, four cylinder units in 2,0 and 2,7 litre capacities, and a 4,0 litre V6 are used to power the various Hilux petrol derivatives. All are equipped with VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing – intelligent) and electronic fuel injection. The VVT-i system optimises the engine intake valve timing according to driving conditions to ensure the best balance between performance and fuel economy with smooth engine performance throughout the rev range.
The 1TR-FE 2.0 litre engine produces 100 kW at 5600 rpm with peak torque of 182 Nm at 4000 rpm. The 2TR-FE 2,7 litre engine, with twin balance shafts for smooth operation, produces 118 kW at 5 200 rpm and maximum torque of 241 Nm at 3 800 rpm. Both of these engines have 16-valve cylinder heads.
In both of these engines modern technology has been adopted to focus on utility with top class performance. A roller rocker arm design with a low friction characteristic has been adopted in the advanced VVT-i valve train to assist in optimising fuel efficiency.
The 1GR-FE 4.0 litre V6 engine has a 24-valve DOHC configuration. This engine is produces 175 kW at 5 200 rpm and has a torque rating of 376 Nm at 3 800 rpm.
This engine has a compact and lightweight design and makes use of an aluminium cylinder block. As with the smaller four-cylinder engines a compact serpentine belt system is used to drive ancillaries. Resin material is used in a number of components to reduce weight.
Two D-4D common rail direct injection diesel engines are used in the new Hilux. Capacities are 2.5 litres and 3.0 litres. Both these engines are designed to deliver top-level fuel efficiency together with smooth and responsive acceleration from low engine speeds right through the medium and high speed ranges.
The 2KD-FTV unit is a 2.5 litre four cylinder turbocharged engine with 16-valve DOHC cylinder head. Two specification levels of this engine are available. In both instances the maximum power is 75 kW at 3 600 rpm. Maximum torque for the normal specification version is 200 Nm available from 1 400 rpm through to 3 400 rpm.
The Hi-spec version of this engine produces 260 Nm of torque between 1 600 rpm and 2 400 rpm. A lightweight and compact conventional turbocharger is used for top performance. The Hi-spec version is available on SRX and Raider versions, while the standard specification engine is fitted to the workhorse models.
The electronically controlled common rail type fuel injection system used on these engines provides exceptional fuel management with a microcomputer controlling the injection pressure, injection timing and the volume of the fuel charge. The system consists of a high pressure supply pump, injectors, the common rail feeding the injectors and the high pressure piping connecting the components.
Fuel delivery is controlled by an EDU (Electronic Driving Unit) that activates each injector at precisely the right time to inject a measured high pressure fuel charge drawn from the common fuel rail directly into each cylinder. The high degree of control flexibility that is typical of these engines enhances engine output and fuel efficiency while reducing NOx and particulate emissions. Combustion noise is also reduced.
The 1KD-FTV engine is a 3.0 litre four cylinder turbocharged and inter-cooled engine, also with a 16-valve DOHC configuration. Maximum power is 120 kW at 3 400 rpm and peak torque of 343 Nm is delivered between 1 400 rpm and 3 200 rpm. This engine shares the electronically controlled common rail type fuel injection technology used on the 2.5 litre engine.
The Hilux tow ratings range between 1 510 kg on the 2.5 D-4D 4x4 SRX and 2 000 kg on the 3.0 D-4D Raised Body Raider.
All Hilux models are sold with a 3 year / 100 000 km warranty and 5 year / 90 000 km service plan.