An all-new, eight-generation model Hilux has made its South African debut and is set to, once again, continue its reign in the all-important commercial segment of the market.
The Hilux has been the best-selling commercial vehicle in the bakkie segment of the market for more than 30 years. Until the latest-generation came along, more than one million South Africans have put their faith into the brand.
Not only is the Hilux the best-selling bakkie, it is the best-selling single model nameplate in the country. Hiluxes by the thousands find new homes every month.
What does this mean?
With an all-new model always comes a time where owners of older models trade up to the new model, meaning waves of second-hand models will be available going forward. Such sheer volumes give second-hand buyers a lot of choice in terms of price, condition and mileage. Learn more about the average second-hand price and current availability online.
What’s the fuss about?
The new Hilux is all-new, with a new chassis, drivetrain and trimmings engineered from the ground up. Virtually the only carry-over items from Hilux No. 7 are the 4.0 V6 and 2.7 VVT-i petrol engines, but even these have been tuned for better efficiency. The biggest news is the use of Toyota’s new Global Diesel (GD) series of diesel engines in 2.4 and 2.8 litre capacity. Not only are they more powerful but are also more fuel efficient compared to its predecessors by as much as 25%. Additionally, the towing capacity has been increased to as much as 3.5 tons.
The inside of Hilux 8 is unrecognisable compared to Hilux 7 – ergonomics received much attention, as did comfort and convenience features. Since bakkies (double cabs especially) are used mainly as lifestyle and family cars, ride and comfort levels have been raised significantly and equipment levels are on par with comfy SUVs. Bakkies of today need to fulfil a multi-purpose role, not merely be a ‘jack of all trades’ but be a ‘master of all’ to cover as many bases as possible and appeal to as wide an audience as possible.
In all, 23 different models are available, with a mix of body styles (single, Xtra and double cab), trim levels (workhorse, SRX and Raider), engines (petrol and diesel), drivetrains (4×2 and 4×4), and gearboxes (5- and 6-speed manual and 6-speed auto). All new models have a 5-year /90 000km service plan with service intervals set at 10 000 kilometres, as before.