Mid-range Hilux practicality

2016-03-31 06:00

THE new Hilux has already sold over 2 400 units and sales of the new single-cab and Xtra–cab models are sure to increase.

The mid-range bakkies are not cheap, prices start at just under R260 000 for the basic­, five-speed single cab and at almost R415 000 for the entry level 2,4 SRX with a six speed transmission, but Toyota said in a statement the overall grade strategy of the new Hilux line-up, “mid-grade” engines are paired with “mid-grade” specification packages, in order to provide maximum value to the customer and align the overall package with the requirements of the target market.

As such the 2,4 family of engines perform duty across all three body shapes, in the workhorse and SRX grade models.

In standard form the 2,4 engine makes a class leading torque output of 343 Nm, but the GD engine boosts this to 400 Nm. The SRX offers as standard power windows, a 12-volt power outlet, adjustable exterior mirrors, ABS brakes, remote central locking and an all-new anti-theft system,

Only extra-cab and double-cabs versions have tilt and telescopic steering adjustment. Entry level 2,4 models get a five-speed transmission with the SRX versions offering six gears.

Toyota claims rather good fuel efficiency for the 3x3 “Raised Body” double-cab - only 7,1 l/100 km.

The single-cab can tow a braked trailer of 2 500 kg, the 2.4 GD-6 tows 2 750 kg and the 4x4 tows 3 200 kg.

All models are accompanied by a five year or 90 000km service plan, with service intervals set at 10 000 kilometres.

- Supplied.

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