Toyota once again pays homage to the Hilux’s towering achievement in the world’s toughest race – the Dakar Rally - by producing a limited-edition Dakar model.
In Toyota dealerships right now, this celebratory Hilux is available across three engine ranges, all body styles (Single Cab, Extra Cab and Double Cab) and comes with a plethora of exterior and interior upgrades.
There’s a healthy dose of rugged appeal in the form of a nudge bar up front accompanied by a styling (roll-over) bar, matching side steps and a rear step-up bumper – all crafted from polished stainless steel oval tubing. Incidentally the rear step-up bumper incorporates an integrated tow bar.
Smokey grey 17-inch alloys replace the normal metal-finish wheels and, as a finishing touch, all Dakar Editions come standard with a matt black tonneau cover as well as colour-coded (as opposed to chrome finish) mirror covers and door handles.
A rear-view camera linked to the display infotainment centre is now standard equipment on all 3.0- and 4.0-litre Double Cab models (Raider and Dakar variants) as well as the Extra Cab Dakar Editions.
As you’d expect, there are plenty of reminders of the Hilux’s illustrious pedigree courtesy of tastefully re-designed Dakar badging adorning the nudge bar, styling bar, side steps and tailgate of the vehicle.
Move indoors and you’re greeted by a leather-clad cabin (seats and door inserts) featuring black leather with dramatic red stitching.
In terms of kit, the Hilux is already generously endowed, especially the Double Cab Raider models which come with a full suite of luxury and safety accoutrements ranging from automatic climate control and display audio to six airbags and stability control.
Talking about the incredible lineage of this model, Kerry Roodt, General Manager of Marketing Communications for Toyota South Africa Motors says: “Since its inception the Hilux has been pivotal to the success of the brand and has now become an icon in its own right.
“The Dakar Edition is currently the ultimate Hilux and a fitting tribute to the legendary success of this model, both in the sales charts and in this epic rally.”