Toyota Hilux review. Hilux бензин
2018 Toyota Hilux Modelleri ve Fiyatları
Yeni Toyota Hilux. 1968'de piyasaya sürüldüğünden bu yana, bir simge haline gelmiş bu pick-up gittiği her yerde iz bırakıyor. Yeniden tasarlanan şasi ve gövde yapısı dayanıklılık sağlarken, çarpıcı yeni tasarımı, yüksek kaliteli iç mekan, üst seviye sürüş konforu ve son derece geliştirilen off-road özellikleriyle yeni Toyota Hilux pick-up’ta gelinen son nokta. Yeni Hilux işinizde sıkı bir ortak, özel hayatınızda ise çılgın bir dost.
Ofisten çıkan maceraya atılın
Yeni Hilux artık çok daha güçlü ve sert.Şasi ve gövde yapısı üst düzey sağlamlık için tasarlandı.Daha güçlü ve daha geniş alt gövde en üst seviye koruma sağlanıyor.Tüm parçalar en zorlu testlere dayanacak şekilde geliştirildi.Yeni şasi,yeni süspansiyon ve yeni tasarlanan vites oranları ile birlilkte
asfaltta ve arazide daha yüksek yol tutuşu ve sürüş konforu sağlanıyor
Üstün pick-up özellikleriyle efsanevi maceralar
Çok çalışıni,çok eğlenin-Hilux'la ikisini de yapabilirsinz.Yeni süspansiyon,size üst düzey bir SUV'nin sürüş konforunu sunarken bir yandan daha iş yükünüz için gereken gücü sağlar.3,2 tonluk çekme kasitesinden ve genişletilmiş kasadan faydalanarak işinini daha çabuk bitirerek kendinize daha çok boş zaman yaratabilirsiniz.
Akıllı dayanıklılığını güç katan cesur,güçlü hatlarla ve kesin köşelerde dolu bu tasarım tam da Toyata'ya özgün.LED farlarla cevrili 3 boyutlu ızgara tasarımından,dinamik yan cizgilere kadar her detay sofisteki bir gücü temsil ediyor.Camların altındaki krom çevreye ve jant secenekleri dikkatleri üzerine çekiyor
1968'den bu yana efsanevi dayanıklılık
Hilux,uzun dayanıklılık tarihinin haklı grurunu yaşıyor 1968'de piaysa sürüldüğünden bu yana simge haline gelen bu pick-up gittiği her yerde iz bırakıyor.Afrika çöllerinden yarışıp volkanları fetheden,Amazon'u keşfedip Kuzey Kutbuna ulaşan Hilux dünyayı dolaştı.2015 yılında bir Hilux,dört yılda üç kez ilk üçe grişini kutlamak için Dakar Ralli podyumuna tırmandı
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MANGAL ATEŞİ ATEŞLİ TASARIM
Çamur ve toprağa bulanmak Hilux için bir zevk. Ateş sıcağında, kutup soğuğunda, işte, gezide, her türlü zorlu koşulda en iyi görünümünden taviz vermez. Zekice tasarlanmış keskin köşeleri gücünü cesurca ortaya koyar. LED farlarla çevrili 3 boyutlu ızgara tasarımından, kaslı
tekerlek davlumbazından, dinamik yan çizgilere kadar her detay sofistike bir gücü temsil eder. Camların altındaki krom çerçeve ve jant seçenekleri dikkatleri üzerine çeker
OYUN ZAMANI ÜSTÜN PİCK-UP ÖZELLİKLERİ İLE EFSANEVİ MACERALAR
Yeni Hilux işinizde sıkı bir ortak, özel hayatınızda ise çılgın bir dost. İsterseniz onunla işlerinizi halledin, isterseniz de çılgın maceralara atılıp tüm yolları oyun alanınıza
çevirin. Çünkü yeni Hilux’ın süspansiyonu size üst sınıf bir SUV’dan bekleyeceğiniz sürüş konforunu yaşatır ve bunu efsanevi dayanıklılığıyla birleştirir. 3,2 ton çekme kapasitesi ve genişletilmiş kasa alanı sayesinde iş
hayatınızın yükünü çeker, özel hayatınızda da sizi daha büyük maceralara taşır. Römork Savrulma Kontrol Sistemi (TSC), rüzgar altında ve farklı yol koşullarında oldukça
kararlı bir sürüş deneyimi sağlar. Kısacası, hem işte hem de maceralarınızda konfor hiç eksik olmayak, bütün yollar sizin için çocuk oyuncağı olacak.
MOTORUN GÜCÜ TORKUN EFENDİSİYLE TANIŞIN
Hilux, tamamen yeni iki dizel motoruyla gücünü katladıkça katlıyor. 2,4L D-4D motor, düşük ve orta devirlerde torku artıran ve benzersiz bir ivme sağlayan
Insta-torque teknolojisi ile mükemmel bir performans
sunarken, aynı zamanda Hilux’ın üstün römork çekme kapasitesine katkıda bulunuyor. Hilux’ın tüm motorları gürültü seviyesini düşürecek ve verimini artıracak şekilde
tasarlandı. Geliştirilen ses yalıtımı sayesinde bir ticari araç sürdüğünüzü tamamen unutabilirsiniz. Yüksek verimli yeni 6 ileri manuel ve 6 ileri otomatik şanzımanlarla
birlikte tüm bu özellikler premium sınıf SUV tarzı sürüş hissini destekliyor.
OFİSTEN ÇIKIN MACERAYA ATILIN KONFORU, DAYANIKLILIĞI VE GÜVENİLİRLİĞİYLE HEM ŞEHİRDE HEM DE DOĞADA HILUX
Zorlu ve stresli günleri unutun - Yeni Hilux, gücü ve dayanıklılığıyla en sert doğa şartlarına ve en zor iş koşullarına kafa tutmaya hazır. Çünkü bu pick-up artık çok daha güçlü ve sert. Efsanevi dayanıklılık ve güvenilirlik özelliklerini daha da geliştiren Hilux’ın şasi ve gövde yapısı üst üzey sağlamlık için tasarlandı. Daha güçlü ve daha geniş alt gövde en üst seviye koruma sağlıyor. Tüm parçalar en zorlu testlere dayanacak şekilde geliştirildi. Yeni şasi, yeni süspansiyon ve yeni tasarlanan vites oranları ile birlikte daha yüksek yol tutuşu ve sürüş konforu sağlıyor. En zorlu şartlardan geçebilmek için Aktif Çekiş Kontrolü (A-TRC) ve arka diferansiyel kilidi ile her zaman en uygun çekiş kuvvetine ulaşırsınız. Tüm bu yenilikler, Hilux’ın arazide ve yolda benzersiz kolay kullanım özelliğini destekliyor.
DAHA FAZLA TAŞIMA ALANI,
DAHA FAZLA POTANSİYEL
Bazıları hep daha fazlasını ister. Bu nedenle Hilux, artık büyük yükleri daha da rahat taşıyabiliyor. Tekrar tasarlanarak alanı büyütülen kasa bölgesi şimdi
1.555mm x 1.540mm ölçülerine sahip. En ağır yüklere bile dayanabilmesi için arka kapak amortisörlerinde çelik plakalı braketler bulunuyor. Ayrıca kasanın iç kısmına
takılan bağlantı kancaları ile yükünüzü sabitleyebilirsiniz.
ERKEĞİN SIĞINAĞI DIŞI SAĞLAM, İÇİ KONFORLU
Sağlam ve kaliteli dış tasarımı, en yeni teknolojilerden,dayanıklı ve çekici malzemelerden elde edilen konfor. İşte
yeni pick-up özelliği!
Birinci sınıf elektronik kontrol sistemi gövdenin hareket kontrolünü sağlayarak en engebeli arazide bile premium bir SUV ile aynı sarsıntısız sürüş keyfini sunar.
Yeni tasarlanan ayarlanabilir koltuklar daha fazla konfor ve destek sunarken, yüksekliği ve derinliği ayarlanabilen direksiyon simidi tam size özel bir oturma konumu ayarlar.
Otomatik klima ve kabin hava filtresi her daim sizin havanızı estirir. Elektronik cihazlarınızı şarj edebilmeniz için orta kol dayama konsol kutusu içinde 220 V priz bile
GÖREV KONTROL MERKEZİ BİLDİĞİNİZ PİCK-UP TEKNOLOJİLERİNİ UNUTUN
Hilux, tüm yolculukları çok daha konforlu bir hale getirmek için yepyeni teknolojilerle tasarlandı. Tablet tarzı Toyota Touch® 2 ekranı, çok sayıda multimedya özelliğini bir
araya getirir. Gelişmiş bir ses sistemine bağlanabilir ve ses seviyesini direksiyondaki kumandalar ile ayarlayabilirsiniz. Sınıfında bir ilk olan gösterge panelindeki 4,2’’ renkli
TFT ekran daha etkili bir sürüş deneyimi yaşamanızı sağlar. Ayrıca önemli yolculuk bilgilerini görüntüleyen araç bilgisayarı da burada bulunur. Tüm bu işlevlere kullanışlı
direksiyon kumandalarını kullanarak kolayca erişebilirsiniz
YAĞMURUN SESİNE BAK Güvenlik
7 SRS hava yastığı
Sürücü ve yolcu ön hava yastıkları, ön yan hava yastıkları, ön ve arka yolcular için perde hava yastıkları ve sürücü diz hava yastığı siz ve yolcularınız için maksimum koruma sağlar.
Arka koltuklarda üst bağlantı kiti olan özel bir koltuk bağlama noktası bulunur. Böylece ISOFIX çocuk koltukları takabilirsiniz.
Araç Denge Kontrol Sistemi (VSC)
VSC, aracın kayarak yoldan çıkma riskinin olduğu anlarda otomatik olarak devreye girerek, ilgili tekerleklere fren uygular ve motor torkunu düzenleyerek aracın yol tutuşunun korunmasına ve sürüş kontrolünün sağlanmasına yardımcı olur.
GÜVENLİKTEN ÖDÜN VERMEZ
Şartlar zorlaştığında Hilux adeta bir kaplana dönüşür.
Çünkü en zorlayıcı durumlar için geliştirilmiştir.
Yeniden tasarlanan şasi ve gövde yapısında, kaza durumunda tüm yolcuların korunması için kapsamlı bir şekilde Yüksek Mukavemetli Çelik (HTSS) kullanılmıştır. Yan elemanlar ve traversler takviye edilmiş ve daha kalın
olmaları için büyütülmüştür. Böylece şasi çarpışma anında enerjiyi daha etkili bir şekilde sönümler ve kuvveti dağıtır. Tüm versiyonlarda standart olan Araç Denge Kontrol
Sistemi (VSC) ve 7 adet SRS hava yastığı gibi aktif ve pasif güvenlik teknolojileri, Hilux’ın çarpışma koruma özelliğine katkıda bulunur.
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Toyota Hilux Review (2018) | Autocar
Here is the newest version of the most popular pick-up in Europe, and one of the most iconic pick-ups across the globe.
The Hilux’s reputation is one of bombproof durability, but this latest model is tasked with appealing to a broader audience, in a segment that is already congested and set to only get worse.
The pick-up segment is gaining popularity, with plenty of rivals old and new vying for sales. Seasoned workhorses such as the Nissan Navara, Ford Ranger, Volkswagen Amarok and Mitsubishi L200 have had recent refreshes to increase their appeal, while the newcomers such as the Fiat Fullback mudding the waters, while the Renault Alaskan and the Mercedes-Benz X-Class will only complicate matters further.
To try and keep the stiff competition at bay, we are trying the new Hilux with a six-speed automatic transmission, which is expected to account for the majority of sales in the UK, rather than the six-speed manual alternative.
The Hilux is as tough as ever. Despite the changes to appeal to some SUV-minded buyers as well as the usual commercial market, the Hilux has lost none of its go-anywhere, over-anything, ability.
The automatic gearbox is much better than the transmission it replaces. It does a respectable job of shifting smoothly through the gears, especially at low speeds, and isn't too jerky. However, plant your foot and the downshift often leaves the engine holding on to gears uncomfortably high up the rev range as it works through them, but progress is swift enough.
A 2.4-litre diesel engine is what you’ll find in all new Hiluxes, although the 2.8-litre unit that's available abroad could be offered at a later date. The 2.4 is more efficient than the 3.0-litre unit it replaces, and the 295lb ft of torque available in the new engine is more than the old one, too, but it doesn’t match that of the Navara and L200. Even so, the Hilux out-tows an L200 with its 3500kg limit.
Paired with the automatic gearbox, it has a combined fuel economy figure of 36.2mpg, with CO2 emissions of 204g/km. The manual transmission betters those figures, at 40.4mpg and 185g/km respectively, and it’s cheaper by £1250.
Aside from a harsh diesel groan at its top end, refinement from the 2.4 is generally good, but it's no match for that of SUV alternatives. Engine clatter is loud when accelerating, but it settles down at a cruise, and it’s more refined than before.
Some wind noise is whipped up by the sizeable door mirrors at higher speeds, too. The benefit of those mirrors, though, is good visibility, helped by a high, comfortable driving position that gives a broad view of the road ahead. It’s a very spacious cabin, too, with plenty of room up front and in the back for adult passengers to sit comfortably.
The Hilux's steering has improved - it's weightier and more accurate than before - while ride comfort is better, too. That said, the Hilux still suffers from quite a bit of body bounce over bumps when unladen, especially at low speeds. As a result, it isn’t quite as smooth running as an SUV equivalent, but it comes closer than many other pick-ups do to matching SUV standards.
The suspension has been reworked for this new model and is well tuned for off-roading. It’s packed with off-road tech, such as hill descent control and a rear diff lock, as well as a low-range gearbox and the choice of switching between two and four-wheel drive. As you would expect, it is supremely capable off the beaten track.
There’s also a couple of different drive modes to choose from. PWR mode is designed to sharpen the throttle response, while Eco smoothes it out and puts the air-con in an eco mode that alters the fan speed. There’s also a standard drive mode that sits in the middle. However, neither PWR nor Eco produces any noticeable difference in the car's behaviour.
The quality in the interior is a noticeable step up from the previous generation, though, and moves the car closer to its SUV rivals, although not quite close enough to genuinely compete.
There are three trim levels to choose from, with the entry-level Active models fitted with 17in steel wheels, automatic headlights, air conditioning, Bluetooth, front cool box, and heated and electrically adjustable wing mirrors as standard, with most opting for this trim using their Hilux mainly as a commercial workhorse.
Upgrade to the Icon, as our test pick-up is, and you’ll find a 4.2in touchscreen housing Toyota’s Touch 2 infotainment system complete with a reversing camera and DAB radio, on top of things like 17in alloys, cruise control, descent control and folding door mirrors.
Stepping up to the range-topping Invincible trim, which is expected to shift the highest number of units in the UK, and you’ll discover the Hilux gets luxuries such as 18in alloy wheels, LED headlights, climate control, keyless entry and Toyota’s Safety Sense active technology.
But should you trade in your SUV keys for this well-appointed pick-up? If your working day involves heavy-duty work, or you regularly encounter numerous rutted green lanes on the school run, the new Hilux is an excellent choice - especially with its five-year/100,000-mile warranty and very competitive commercial price, helping to save thousands of pounds in VAT (around £3000 for this model).
The automatic is impressive, but the manual represents the best-value option, being cheaper and marginally more fuel-efficient. Icon trim is decent enough, but Invincible has a slightly nicer cabin and drives a bit better on those 18in wheels.
For the wider public on the fence about a step up from an SUV to a pick-up, the Hilux could still be a compromise too far, largely because of its size. At a smidgen over 5.3m in length, it is around a metre longer than a Nissan Qashqai, and many will probably prefer a conventional boot to a load bed.
But the latest Hilux continues the mighty legacy of its predecessors, and those with a professional need for a pick-up will find it more compelling than ever.
History of the Toyota Hilux
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The history of the Toyota Hilux spans eight generations, during which the pick-up has earned a reputation as one of the world’s most trusted and reliable commercial vehicles. Having survived extreme environments in the Arctic and Antarctic – and all points in between – the credentials of this ultra-tough machine are proven beyond doubt. It has sold over 17.3 million units and is Europe’s best-selling pick-up, so Hilux is clearly the workhorse of choice for many businesses.
Yet despite its no-nonsense approach, the Hilux package has gradually developed over the years to become a complete motoring solution, bridging the gap between work use and everyday driving needs.
Technically, the history of the Toyota Hilux begins outside of Toyota Motor Corporation. Its roots are found in the Briska line of small pick-ups made by Japanese commercial vehicle manufacturer Hino Motors since 1961. Toyota’s history with pick-ups dates back to the SB model of 1947 but halfway through production of the second-generation Briska, Toyota partnered with Hino Motors and pushed forward minor model improvements.
The Hino Briska was renamed the Toyota Briska from 1967, signalling a refocusing of the Hino brand towards production of medium- to heavy-duty commercial vehicles instead.
Arrival of the fittest
It was March 1968 when Toyota dealerships in Japan took delivery of the first genuine Toyota Hilux pick-up. This new model bore the N10 chassis code, and although it was conceived by Toyota, the new Hilux continued to be engineered and built at Hino Motors’ Hamura Plant.
Upon its launch, the Hilux swelled Toyota’s light-duty pick-up range from two to three separate models, the new pick-up joining the existing Corona and Masterline (Crown). The latter two were car-based derivatives and Toyota swiftly phased them out to create space between Toyota’s light commercial vehicle range and its passenger cars.
The new Hilux – its name a contraction of ‘high’ and ‘luxury’ – utilised a separate frame construction with a double wishbone/coil spring suspension set up at the front and rigid axle/leaf spring arrangement at the rear.
At the outset, the Toyota Hilux began as a short-wheelbase model powered by a four-cylinder 1.5-litre R-series petrol engine with a column-shift, four-speed manual gearbox driving the rear wheels. Just over a year into production in April 1969, the Hilux range grew (literally) to include a long-wheelbase model. February 1971 witnessed the arrival of a gutsier 1.6-litre version that replaced the base engine. Passenger capacity was for three people sat abreast on a bench seat.
For the important North American market, Toyota made some unique changes. To begin with, the Hilux name wasn’t used – instead, the pick-up was simply badged as the ‘Toyota Truck’ to prevent confusion over its name and purpose. The American market received larger 1.9- or 2.0-litre R-series powerplants, and only the short-wheelbase chassis with its 1.85m long bed was offered to buyers.
See also:History of the Toyota Land Cruiser (Station Wagon models)History of the Toyota Land Cruiser (Heavy and Light duty models)History of the Toyota MR2
A more comfortable stretch
The second-generation Hilux was launched in May 1972 for the 1973 model year, and marked the model’s introduction to the UK market. Essentially a reworked version of its predecessor, the N20 series featured an updated body with slightly extended wheelbases, more comfortable interior and carry-over engine range.
Also improved for the second-generation were Hilux’s safety features – it now had servo-assisted dual brake master cylinders and load-sensing brake proportioning valves. And soon after launch, the North American market saw the introduction of a long-wheelbase model with a 2.25m loading bed (see comparison below between N10 and N20 series load bays). A column-mounted four-speed manual gearbox was the standard transmission setup, though buyers were now able to specify a floor-mounted gearshift, deleting the three-person bench in favour of two individual seats.
A higher specification model was introduced to some markets from 1974 onwards, offering a more powerful 2.0-litre R-series engine and optional three-speed automatic gearbox, the first of its kind ever fitted to the Hilux.
This move upmarket was mirrored in the US in 1975 with the introduction of a larger 2.2-litre motor and SR5 trim designation, along with the option of a five-speed manual gearbox. In October 1975 the 2.0-litre engine was deleted in all other markets, consolidating the Hilux to one 1.6-litre unit to meet new emissions standards.
Versatility was the watchword for the third-generation N30 series Hilux when it went on sale in September 1978. Regardless of model – there were now three standard-length and four long-wheelbase derivatives – the third-gen Hilux was designed to offer saloon-like specification and ride comfort. This led to an evolution of the predecessor’s double wishbone front suspension that replaced the coil springs for a torsion bar.
Significantly, a new top-of-the-range Super Deluxe model was introduced from launch; its extended cab was 90mm longer than standard, significantly improving interior space. The Super Deluxe was later supplemented with a full double-cab version with four doors and two rows of seats. All higher-grade models received front disc brakes as standard, and buyers could now specify a Toyota-embossed tailgate. Many of these improvements were borne out of Toyota’s careful study of the US market, where the Truck routinely doubled as a passenger car and leisure vehicle. Even the cover of the Japanese brochure for the Hilux proclaimed that it was “born in Japan, raised in the US”.
The new dual-purpose nature of Hilux was reinforced by the first four-wheel drive model in October 1979, which adopted the driveline and gearbox transfer case from the 40-series Land Cruiser allied to a reworked version of the now-reinstated 2.0-litre R-series petrol engine. Diesel power followed with a 2.2-litre L-series engine, available for the first time in both rear- and four-wheel drive formats.
Toyota further emphasised Hilux’s lifestyle usage in 1981 when the maker partnered with Winnebago Industries and two other vehicle body manufacturers in the US market to produce SUV-type recreational vehicles. Based on the four-wheel drive Truck chassis cab, these companies added different fibreglass bodies to the steel framework around the rear wheels.
In fact, the success of these early walkthrough conversions led directly to Toyota’s launch of the Hilux-based 4Runner and Hilux Surf station wagon models which appeared early in the fourth-generation’s life cycle.
See also:History of the Toyota PreviaHistory of the Toyota PriusHistory of the Toyota RAV4History of the Toyota Supra
Hilux meets SUV
Toyota released the fourth-generation N40 chassis Hilux in November 1983, and for a while it was available alongside its predecessor, which remained on sale in the domestic market as a rear-wheel drive base model.
However, the newer generation vehicle was immediately characterised from its older sibling by attractively blistered arches and a renewed interior. What didn’t change was its reputation for near-indestructibility; a fact that was underlined by BBC Top Gear in its unsuccessful attempts to ‘kill’ one hard-worked example.
Single- and double-cab versions were available from launch, including a new raised-bed model with three bottom-hinged sides. These additions increased the number of Hilux variations from 17 to 20.
Buyers of rear-wheel drive models could choose from four engines – 1.6- or 1.8-litre petrol, and 2.2- or 2.4-litre diesel – while four-wheel drive models used either a 2.0-litre petrol or the largest 2.4-litre diesel.
Since the launch of the N40, the worldwide market for recreational vehicles had grown exponentially, with SUVs like the Ford Bronco and Nissan Pathfinder suddenly appearing on forecourts.
Toyota reacted swiftly and with simplicity by modifying the short-frame bed of the Hilux, removing the bulkhead from the back of the cab, adding a one-piece fibreglass-reinforced plastic canopy, fitting a bench seat in the back, and softening the rear suspension. Larger engines were fitted, including 2.4-litre turbo and 3.0-litre V6 petrol engines, though the larger dimensions of these units required the development of a wider front track and the switch from a solid front axle to an independent set up.
The vehicle that resulted from this unforeseen refresh was launched to the world from May 1984 onwards as either the Hilux Surf (domestic market) or 4Runner – essentially a three-door station wagon with off-road capability similar to that of the Land Cruiser. Toyota also adopted modifications from the A-pillar forwards throughout the entire Hilux range.
See also:History of the Toyota StarletHistory of the Toyota Yaris
Refining the concept
September 1988 marked the introduction of the new fifth-generation N50 chassis Hilux, with revised bodywork that represented many visual and physical improvements over the outgoing version.
Built to the three core concepts of power, sturdiness and comfort, the new model’s interior was far more car-like in terms of equipment level and dashboard design. Outside, the exterior bodywork now featured integrated window sashes in the doors and a one-piece loading bay that eliminated the worry about rust developing in the seams.
Four-wheel drive models received distinctive arch flares that widened the overall body by 40mm, while rear-wheel drive models had a narrower style with traditional flat-sided front wings and rear quarter panels.
The engine range similarly differentiated between four- and rear-wheel drive models; the latter either received a new 1.8-litre Y-series petrol or 2.4-litre L-series diesel, the former a gutsier 2.0-litre Y-series or 2.8-litre diesel. Later in the N50’s production the engine range of the rear-wheel drive models was upgraded to match that of the four-wheel drive versions.
Meanwhile, the 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine was reserved for double-cab models and the second-generation Surf/4Runner. In answer to diversifying customer needs, the number of rear-wheel drive models available with the four-speed automatic gearbox was increased.
The second-generation Hilux Surf/4Runner arrived for the 1990 model year, again built on the Hilux platform; indeed, the models were almost identical from the B-pillar forward. However, whereas the first-generation model had a simple FRP structure on top of the pick-up bed, the new car featured a fully integrated steel body with five doors (a three-door was available during the first half of the production cycle but is very rare) and all-new coil sprung rear suspension.
This model was discontinued in 1995, and from its third-generation onwards the Hilux Surf/4Runner switched to use the Land Cruiser Prado platform.
Further changes were in store for the N50 Hilux across worldwide markets. Toyota forged a partnership with Volkswagen in 1989 to further its presence in Europe, after which the German manufacturer launched the Taro, a barely-disguised badge-engineered version of the Hilux. The decision was also made that when the N50 ceased production, the US market would switch from the Hilux/Truck range to the larger, more genuinely truck-like Tacoma pick-up.
With the multipurpose Hilux Surf/4Runner line now forging ahead independently, Toyota gently refocused the new sixth-generation Hilux pick-up range (N60 chassis code) into two clear branches – business use and personal use.
The range was introduced in Japan in September 1997 and is easily distinguished from previous generation models by a swage line that gently tapers downwards toward the front indicators. Once again it was available with two- or four-wheel drive transmission and either single- or double-cab body configurations. The engine line-up consisted of 2.0- and 2.7-litre four-cylinder petrol units as well as 2.4-litre turbo and 3.0-litre naturally aspirated diesels.
Personal-use models were now borderline sporty, equipped with additional equipment and devices to better suit their recreational intentions, such as a longer and taller cabin with improved sound insulation. Business-use models, on the other hand, were more basic and offered lower specification levels.
The biggest change for the sixth-generation was that all Hilux models now came with independent front suspension – the first time in the history of the Toyota Hilux. A solid axle may have been the traditional setup for off-road use but contemporary Land Cruiser models had proved the effectiveness of independence without sacrificing too much suspension travel, while delivering huge improvements in ride quality and handling.
Arguably this development helped the sixth-generation Hilux recapture its lead in the commercial one-ton pick-up market. This status was immortalised in July 2004 when the UK range expanded to include a new high-spec Invincible model, though that may have had something to do with the recent airing of the Top Gear programme mentioned earlier.
Based on a modified version of the N60’s ladder frame underpinnings, the seventh-generation N70-chassis Hilux grew significantly in stature to become classified as a mid-size pick-up (the platform was also adapted into an SUV for the Toyota Fortuner model). This change gifted the car with greater road presence, interior space, and load capacity – all improvements identified from customer reports.
Perhaps more than any other Hilux generation before it, this seventh iteration saw numerous, successive improvements throughout its life, enabling the model to consistently exceed consumer needs and ever-tightening emissions standards.
For instance, soon after its October 2005 launch in the UK, a third body style was inserted between the single-cab two-door and double-cab four-door variants. Called the Extra Cab, it offered seating for four behind just two doors and a longer load bay than that of the traditional double-cab.
A new twin-cam 3.0-litre 16-valve D-4D diesel engine became available in January 2007 to supplement the existing 2.5-litre D-4D, thereby elevating the entire range to Euro 4 emissions standards.
Soon afterward, this modern unit was put to the ultimate test of reliability by successfully powering Top Gear’s latest assault on the Hilux’s reputation to the North Magnetic Pole – a first for any motor vehicle. Further challenges saw the Hilux provide transport for an expedition to the South Pole and climb an erupting volcano in Iceland to retrieve lava samples, both of which it survived. Little wonder the Invincible grade remained available in this generation too.
A comprehensive re-style was applied in October 2011 for the 2012 model year, encompassing smoother architecture from the A-pillar forwards. Inside, the upper dashboard was new and housed the latest versions of the Toyota Touch multimedia system for all mid- and high-grade models. Finally, the two diesel engines now met Euro 5 emissions regulations while being more powerful and economical than ever before.
By 2015, Hilux had accumulated 16 million sales worldwide, and even in the last year of production it maintained class dominance in Europe by securing almost one-quarter of all pick-up sales. Toyota clearly had no intention of Hilux losing its reputation as the complete and super-tough motoring solution for its eighth generation.
Available once again in Single Cab, Extra Cab and Double Cab body styles, the new generation Hilux advances the legend and redefines toughness with a stronger ladder chassis, reinforced deck structure, enhanced all-wheel drive capabilities and improved towing capacity. But there is also a more convincing aura of SUV about the well-appointed interior, and its 2.4-litre Global Diesel engine meets stringent Euro 6 emissions regulations.
The first UK customer deliveries of the new eighth generation Hilux began on 1 July 2016 and in the second half of 2017 the model was reintroduced to the Japanese market after a 13-year hiatus to capitalise on the growing trend for vehicles that embrace and enable active lifestyles.
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