Juliet reviews…THE TOYOTA HILUX LEGEND 50

It was back in 2004 that we saw the Toyota Hilux Legend 35 arrive in South Africa, every five years since we have seen a new Legend being born. We have now come to the final legend, the Legend 50. I hopped across the border to Botswana to test drive this limited edition bakkie.

There is no denying just how popular the Toyota Hilux is in this country. In fact, Toyota has just broken its eight-year-old record in terms of sales. In June 2019, 4 770 were sold across the country. The last time Toyota saw these sorts of numbers was back in 2011. It is no wonder that the Hilux is the best-selling bakkie in the country, topping the similarly popular Ford Ranger.

It goes without saying that a legend is not born, it is built over time, and this couldn’t be truer than with the Toyota Hilux. The Legend 50 is an ode to this and it gives customers a chance to own a part of the history.

This model, which will be offered in 13 derivatives across the single, xtra and double-cab body styles as well as in 4X2 and 4X4 guises, is based on the Raider you already know. Besides the Legend 50 badging which is found throughout the car, you can expect 18-inch Alloy wheels, a different colour grille and fog cover, smoked tail lamps, chrome door beading and side moulding, a black bumper, mudguards, and a tow bar. You will have a choice of eight colours.

Inside you will find a larger multimedia touchscreen display, keyless entry, chrome ornamentation, leather seats with blue perforation, branded Legend 50 floor mats, and a push start button on some derivatives, namely the xtra and double-cab models. The instrument cluster features white-faced dials with orange needles and a cog-shaped motif. A 4.2-inch TFT Multi-information Display with steering wheel control is also standard.

Like I mentioned, the Legend 50 is based on the Raider and so features a full suite of active and passive safety features – including driver, passenger, knee and curtain airbags (body-type dependent). ABS, VSC, EBD, Brake Assist and Hill-assist Control.

Legend 50 models are powered by the familiar 2.8 GD-6 engine delivering 130 kW and 420 Nm (450Nm on Auto variants). The 4.0-litre V6 petrol model, however, will be the range topper. The drive is what you can already expect from the standard Hilux seeing as nothing has changed under the bonnet for these limited edition models.

If it is more edge you are after, the Toyota GR Sport has also just arrived in South Africa and with only 600 units available, you better act fast. With its own stylish look and tuned suspension, this will appeal to those who might already be in love with the Ford Ranger Raptor. Pricing of the GR Sport is R707 400.

PRICING FOR THE TOYOTA HILUX LEGEND 50

Single Cab is priced from R472 000

Xtra Cab is priced from R511 100

Double Cab is priced from R579 100

4.0 V6 4X4 is priced at R712 100

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