Cape Town – Toyota has launched its new 2016 Hilux bakkie at the revamped Kyalami race track in Johannesburg. The eighth-generation Hilux arrives locally more than 10 years after the launch of its predecessor (2005).
Toyota says it has improved on the outgoing bakkie’s shortcomings (read: ride quality) and built on its strengths (rugged, reliability). The 2016 Hilux is completely new says Toyota; new platform, engines, tech and design.
Prices start from R228 900 for the entry-level, single-cab petrol to R547 900 for the top-of-the-range, double-cab diesel.
From prices to engine details, here’s all you need to know about Toyota’s toughest bakkie yet:
The 2016 Toyota Hilux has a more assertive, angular design compared to its chunky predecessor. The new Hilux is also longer and wider than the outgoing bakkie.
The Hilux is equipped with a new generation of turbodiesel engines in the form of a 123kW/400Nm 2.4 litre and a 2.8 litre capable of 130kW/450Nm.
The range comprises of 23 derivatives, with either petrol or diesel engines, including single-cab, double-cab and xtra-cab derivatives. Its 3.0-litre diesel unit has been replaced by a 2.8-litre diesel and the bakkie sports a new six-speed auto for the 4.0-litre V6 4×4 and 2.8 diesel 4×4 models.