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Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has announced the introduction of the new upgraded Toyota Hilux. The upgraded range, which is manufactured in South Africa at Toyota’s world class manufacturing plant in Durban, will soon be available at all Toyota dealers including 57 countries in Africa and Europe. The current platform was introduced in 2005 and more than 5,5 million versions of this tough workhorse has been sold across the world.

The new Toyota Hilux range offers a myriad of new styling cues that was developed to enhance the vehicle’s modern design, emphasise its tough underpinnings and keep the vehicle truly appealing.

Seen from the front the new Hilux offers the first cues of its tough nature. The new bonnet, with clearly defined centre bulge creates a powerful presence. The new grille features a new trapezoidal design with wide horizontal slats. Below the grille the new bumper mirrors the shape of the grille. It is in turn flanked by new fog lights, with chromed bezels on top spec versions. The bumper itself has been redesigned to further strengthen the powerful look.

Viewed from the side the new Hilux has several new design features. This includes new overfenders on high-end models that give it a wider stance and that tie in with the rear flowing character line. Selected models further boasts new side mirrors with integrated side turn indicators and the whole range offers new wheel designs for the steel wheel caps and alloy wheels on higher-end models.

Step inside the new Hilux and you will be welcomed by a range of design and comfort orientated upgrades. The first prominent feature is the new instrument cluster.

Two D-4D common rail direct injection diesel engines are used in the new Hilux. Capacities are 2.5 litres and 3.0 litres. Both these engines are designed to deliver top-level fuel efficiency together with smooth and responsive acceleration from low engine speeds right through the medium and high speed ranges.

The 2KD-FTV unit is a 2.5 litre four cylinder turbocharged engine with 16-valve DOHC cylinder head and the 1KD-FTV engine is a 3.0 litre four cylinder turbocharged and inter-cooled engine, also with a 16-valve DOHC configuration. Maximum power is 120 kW at 3 400 rpm and peak torque of 343 Nm is delivered between 1 400 rpm and 3 200 rpm.

The 2011 Toyota Hilux. A firm favourite for over forty years, and now with an even better, tougher appearance, a vehicle that is set to stay a favourite for years to come!

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