Toyota has released the toughest Hilux ever - a new-generation range that combines impressive global advances with extensive local development and evaluation designed to conquer the most severe operating conditions in Africa.
Almost every aspect of the eighth-generation Hilux has been strengthened, including a thicker frame, stiffer body, advanced six-speed transmissions, beefed-up suspension and brakes, and expanded off-road ability.
Rough Terrain is the "spiritual home" of the new Hilux due to extensive development and evaluation by Toyota engineers, including more than 1,000,000 Km of testing in a wide variety of conditions across the continents. Max Gillard, Toyota's Technical Centre President, said Toyota engineers had devoted six years - and endured the extremes conditions to ensure the new Hilux is even tougher for Markets where Heavy Duty is the Norm. "The view of Toyota is that if the Hilux is tough enough for Africa, it will survive anywhere,"
The new under-body protection package, fitted to all 4x4 and Hi-Rider models, is larger and thicker to deflect sticks and rocks to protect vital mechanical and fuel-system components. "As a result, we are confident the new Hilux is a big step forward in all aspects of performance, durability and comfort as well as toughness,"
At the same time, the latest Hilux offers SUV-like features including a more compliant ride, quieter cabins and higher levels of comfort and convenience with standard air-conditioning, touch-screen display audios, cruise control, more supportive seats and power-operated windows, mirrors and door locks.
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