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Toyota Hilux GR-Sport in SA: suspension upgrades detailed

If you’re a regular reader of CARmag.co.za, you’ll already know we published a pricing scoop on the new Toyota Hilux GR-Sport (as well as the new Legend 50 variants). And now Toyota South Africa has revealed a few more details about this model, including its special suspension upgrades.

As a reminder, just 535 units of the Hilux GR-Sport flagship double-cab bakkie have been set aside for South Africa. The newcomer is based on the existing 2,8 GD-6 4x4 6AT double-cab derivative, which means it employs the standard 2,8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, sending 130 kW and 450 N.m to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. It is priced at R707 400, which is some R69 900 more than the model on which it is based.

The local arm of the Japanese automaker says the Hilux GR-Sport has been “engineered” by its Gazoo Racing arm, featuring tuned suspension “for better handling and control – while sacrificing none of its comfort or safety – as well as an ultra-aggressive Gazoo Racing-inspired exterior and interior”.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/new-models/toyota-hilux-gr-sport-in-sa-suspension-upgrades-detailed/
 

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Toyota Hilux Legend 50 (2019) Specs & Price

Pricing and specification for the Toyota Hilux Legend 50 have appeared on Toyota South Africa's website. Take a look at the details below...

The eagerly anticipated Toyota Hilux Legend 50 is due to be released in South Africa in the first week of July 2019. Ahead of the vehicle's launch, Toyota's local website has provided all the details about the newcomer. From launch, Hilux Legend 50 specification is available across the range and you can opt for 3 body styles: single cab, xtra cab and double cab.

Toyota Hilux Legend 50 Price in South Africa (June 2019)

Toyota Hilux Legend 50 Single Cab:

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Legend 50 6-speed manual R472 000

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Legend 50 6-speed automatic R491 100

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed manual R537 700

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed automatic R557 700

Toyota Hilux Legend 50 Xtra Cab:

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Legend 50 6-speed manual R511 100

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Legend 50 6-speed automatic R530 200

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed manual R578 800

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed automatic R598 200

Toyota Hilux Legend 50 Double Cab:

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Legend 50 6-speed manual R579 100

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Legend 50 6-speed automatic R598 500

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed manual R647 600

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed automatic R668 800

Toyota Hilux 4.0 V6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed automatic R712 100

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/toyota-hilux-legend-50-2019-specs--price/46929/
 

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SA Hilux range spiced up with Legend 50, GR-Sport

Toyota South Africa has spiced up its Hilux bakkie range with the release of the new Legend 50 and GR-Sport special edition models.

The boldest of the two, the GR-Sport would appear to have the Ford Ranger Raptor in its sights, although it’s not a direct rival. Priced at R707 400, the GR-Sport is only available in 2.8 4x4 form, while the Legend 50 will be a far more common sight on the roads as it’s available in 13 derivatives, priced between R472 000 and R712 100 (see full price list below article).

PRICES

Toyota Hilux Legend 50

Single Cab

2.8 GD-6 4x2 man - R472 000

2.8 GD-6 4x2 auto - R491 100

2.8 GD-6 4x4 man - R537 700

2.8 GD-6 4x4 auto - R557 100

Extra Cab

2.8 GD-6 4x2 man - R511 100

2.8 GD-6 4x2 auto - R530 200

2.8 GD-6 4x4 man - R578 800

2.8 GD-6 4x4 auto - R598 200

Double Cab

2.8 GD-6 4x2 man - R579 100

2.8 GD-6 4x2 auto - R598 500

2.8 GD-6 4x4 man - R647 600

2.8 GD-6 4x4 auto - R668 800

4.0 V6 ptr 4x4 auto - R712 100

Toyota Hilux GR-Sport

2.8 GD-6 4x4 auto - R707 400

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/latest-launches/sa-hilux-range-spiced-up-with-legend-50-gr-sport-27374928
 

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South Africa's 10 best-selling bakkies of June 2019

The sales figures for June 2019 are in ... and a massive 2 741 units separate the top two vehicles as the (increasingly one-sided) battle for the title of South Africa’s best-selling bakkie continues.

So, what exactly happened in terms of bakkie sales in the sixth month of 2019?

Well, the Toyota Hilux – now bolstered by the arrival of the GR-Sport and Legend 50 derivatives – remained at the very top of the table, with the Ford Ranger again having to make do with second place (after the first half of 2019, the Japanese bakkie finds itself a full 8 133 units ahead of its Blue Oval rival).

Meanwhile, the Nissan NP200 remained in third, with the Isuzu D-Max – having late in 2018 switched from the KB badge – sticking in fourth (its final figure comprised 1 525 units of the D-Max and 86 units of the KB). The Nissan NP300/Hardbody held steady in fifth.

South Africa’s 10 best-selling bakkies of June 2019:

1. Toyota Hilux – 4 770
2. Ford Ranger – 2 029
3. Nissan NP200 – 1 709
4. Isuzu KB/D-Max – 1 611
5. Nissan NP300/Hardbody – 780
6. Mahindra Pik-Up – 241
7. Volkswagen Amarok – 225
8. GWM Steed – 175
9. Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up – 169
10. Nissan Navara – 126

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/industry-news/south-africas-10-best-selling-bakkies-of-june-2019/
 

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Toyota Hilux smashes eight-year-old sales record in June 2019

Toyota South Africa Motors says its Hilux recorded its highest monthly sales total yet in June 2019, with 4 770 examples of the bakkie sold across the country.

This figure is some 35 units up on the bakkie’s previous best, which was recorded in 2011.

Interestingly, Toyota has confirmed 1 885 units were double-cab variants, 1 648 were Xtra-cab models and 1 237 were single-cab derivatives.

“There are not many locally manufactured vehicles that can claim the iconic status that Hilux has achieved in South Africa. Not only has the Hilux sold more than 1 million units to date [locally], it continues to be a sales sensation even in the trying economic climate we are experiencing,” said Calvyn Hamman, senior vice-president of sales and marketing at Toyota South Africa Motors.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/industry-news/toyota-hilux-smashes-eight-year-old-sales-record-in-june-2019/
 

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New Toyota Hilux GR-Sport: more units set aside for South Africa

In June 2019, CARmag.co.za brought you local pricing for the new Toyota Hilux GR-Sport. And now the vehicle has officially launched in South Africa, the Japanese firm has confirmed a few more units have been secured for the local market.

Initially, Toyota South Africa Motors said 535 examples would be offered locally. Now, however, the company says 600 units will be built for SA.

As a reminder, the Hilux GR-Sport double-cab finds itself in the second tier of Toyota’s GR product pyramid, which means it gains suspension upgrades and cosmetic enhancements.

The newcomer is based on the 2,8 GD-6 4x4 6AT double-cab derivative, which means it employs the standard 2,8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, sending 130 kW and 450 N.m to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. It is priced at R707 400, which is some R69 900 more than the model on which it is based.

The Hilux GR-Sport features “uprated and tuned” suspension, including shock absorbers with a monotube design and revised damping, which work in conjunction with stiffer front springs (“without sacrificing ride comfort”, says Toyota). The rear leaf spring rates have been left untouched to maintain the Hilux’s payload.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/new-models/new-toyota-hilux-gr-sport-more-units-set-aside-for-south-africa/

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Toyota Hilux Legend 50 (2019) Specs & Price

Pricing and specification for the Toyota Hilux Legend 50 have appeared on Toyota South Africa's website. Take a look at the details below...

The eagerly anticipated Toyota Hilux Legend 50 is due to be released in South Africa in the first week of July 2019. Ahead of the vehicle's launch, Toyota's local website has provided all the details about the newcomer. From launch, Hilux Legend 50 specification is available across the range and you can opt for 3 body styles: single cab, xtra cab and double cab.

With over a million units sold over the past 50 years, the Toyota Legend 50 comes to market with a more aggressive grille, front bumper, new alloy wheel design, larger multimedia display, keyless entry, push-button start, black styling bar, side steps and Legend 50 badges galore. Additional features include LED-powered fog lights, headlights, daytime running lights and brake lights.

There are two engines to choose from. The popular choice will be the tried-and-tested 2.8-litre GD-6 which offers up 130 kW and 450 Nm. It's claimed to be pretty frugal, with consumption figures of 7.6 L/100 km and 8.5 L/100 km for the manual and automatic respectively. The second engine choice is the 4.0-litre V6 which is for the die-hard petrol fans. Offering up 175 kW and 376 Nm, this engine is said to consume 11.8 L/100 km. The manual-equipped Hilux features Intelligent Manual Transmission, which cleverly rev matches the engine to the transmission to ensure a smooth drive.

Toyota Hilux Legend 50 Price in South Africa (June 2019)

Toyota Hilux Legend 50 Single Cab:

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Legend 50 6-speed manual R472 000
Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Legend 50 6-speed automatic R491 100
Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed manual R537 700
Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed automatic R557 700


Toyota Hilux Legend 50 Xtra Cab:

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Legend 50 6-speed manual R511 100
Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Legend 50 6-speed automatic R530 200
Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed manual R578 800
Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed automatic R598 200


Toyota Hilux Legend 50 Double Cab:

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Legend 50 6-speed manual R579 100
Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Legend 50 6-speed automatic R598 500
Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed manual R647 600
Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed automatic R668 800
Toyota Hilux 4.0 V6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed automatic R712 100


https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/toyota-hilux-legend-50-2019-specs--price/46929/

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Toyota Hilux GR Sport (2019) Specs & Price

With Ford garnering a lot of attention thanks to the arrival of the new Ranger, Toyota is eager to focus the public's attention on its top-selling Hilux! To that end, Toyota has introduced a limited-edition GR Sport and a brace of Legend 50 derivatives.

The Hilux is a household name in South Africa and it’s not surprising when you look at the market dominance the Hilux has fostered over the years; Toyota's bakkie range has been the best-selling vehicle in South Africa for countless consecutive months. Its lineage spans 8 generations since its local introduction in 1969 (production began in 1968), the Hilux is still praised for its reliability, robust offroad ability and excellent value retention in the used car market. Today, the Hilux is built at Toyota's Prospecton plant in Durban for the local market as well as for export.

Recently, the Hilux excelled on the international stage when the South African-built Gazoo Racing Hilux, driven by Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel, secured Toyota’s first Dakar win in gruelling conditions. Days later, Toyota scooped the coveted Brand of the Year title at the #CarsAwards powered by WesBank. And, of course, the Hilux is celebrating its 50th year in the South African market, which sets the scene for the Legend 50.

Toyota Hilux GR Sport Price in South Africa (June 2019)

Toyota South Africa confirmed to Cars.co.za that the new Hilux GR will retail for R707 400.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/toyota-hilux-gr-sport-2019-specs--price/46160/

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Toyota SA drops 2,7-litre petrol engine into Hilux single-cab

Toyota South Africa Motors has quietly added a new derivative to its local Hilux range, now offering the single-cab version of its bakkie in 2,7-litre petrol flavour.

Before now, the single-cab Hilux was available in 2,0-litre petrol form (with 102 kW and 183 N.m) as well as 2,4-litre and 2,8-litre turbodiesel guise.

But the thirteenth and latest variant in the single-cab line-up draws its urge from the Japanese firm’s familiar 2,7-litre petrol unit. As it does in the Fortuner and Hilux double-cab models with the same heart, the naturally aspirated mill here makes 122 kW and 245 N.m.

Officially dubbed the Hilux 2,7 VVTi RB S single-cab, the newcomer is priced at R370 000. Standard features include manual air-conditioning, a two-speaker audio system, three airbags, ABS with EBD and 17-inch alloys (wrapped in 265/65 R17 rubber). A nine-service/90 000 km plan is included, along with the standard three-year/100 000 km warranty.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/new-models/toyota-sa-drops-27-litre-petrol-engine-into-hilux-single-cab/

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DRIVEN: Toyota Hilux 2,8 GD-6 4x4 GR-Sport 6AT

Thanks to its success in the Dakar Rally (and similarly gruelling off-road events), Toyota Gazoo Racing has become something of household name in recent years. And with the Hilux now celebrating 50 years of service in South Africa, it’s the perfect time to launch the GR-Sport derivative, alongside the long-awaited Legend 50 range.

While the latter treatment has become somewhat of a tradition at Toyota South Africa Motors – remember the Legend 35, 40 and 45 that came before? – the new GR-Sport variant is something a little different. Yes, the Japanese firm has joined the very popular movement of adding a dash of “macho bling” to its bakkie.

Well, the trend actually started some time ago, when single-cab bakkie owners wanted to stand out (as much as those in their GTIs and GSis, perhaps?). They would swop sensible wheels for ridiculously hard-riding over-sized mags (with the minimum of rubber wrapping), add a metallic paint job (that may or may not include purple or green), bolt on a free-flow exhaust and, well, be noticed.

The rest is standard Toyota fare, with no obvious flaws and that familiar solid feel that suggests it’s perfectly at home in the bundu. Should the GR-Sport tickle your fancy, take note just 600 units (up from the earlier allocation of 535) of the GR-Sport will be offered in South Africa, each with a numbered plaque between the front seats to remind you of what you’re driving...

FAST FACTS

Model: Toyota Hilux 2,8 GD-6 4x4 GR-Sport 6AT
Price: R707 400
Engine: 2,8-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel
Power: 130 kW
Torque: 450 N.m
0-100 km/h: 10,8 seconds
Top Speed: 175 km/h
Fuel Consumption: 8,5 L/100 km
CO2: 224 g/km
Transmission: six-speed automatic
Maintenance Plan: Nine-service/90 000 km service plan

https://www.carmag.co.za/car-reviews/driving-impressions/driven-toyota-hilux-28-gd-6-4x4-gr-sport-6at/
 

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South Africa’s 10 best-selling bakkies in the first half of 2019

Now that the first six months of 2019 have come and gone, we’ve whipped out our trusty calculator to determine the 10 best-selling bakkies in South Africa in the first half of the year.

If you’ve been following our monthly lists, it’ll come as no surprise to you the locally built Toyota Hilux sits at the very top, with nearly 21 000 units sold in just six months. That’s an average of around 3 500 examples a month, with the Japanese bakkie’s best-ever sales performance coming in June (beating an eight-year-old record with 4 770 units registered).

Next up is the Ford Ranger, which is produced at the Blue Oval brand’s Silverton facility in Pretoria. Some 12 785 examples have been sold in the first half of 2019, which puts the Ford 8 133 units behind the Hilux at the halfway point of the year.

South Africa’s 10 best-selling bakkies in the first half of 2019:

1. Toyota Hilux – 20 918
2. Ford Ranger – 12 785
3. Nissan NP200 – 9 413
4. Isuzu KB/D-Max – 8 050
5. Nissan NP300/Hardbody – 4 765
6. Volkswagen Amarok – 1 421
7. Mahindra Pik-Up – 1 409
8. Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up – 1 225
9. GWM Steed – 1 048
10. Nissan Navara – 877

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/industry-news/south-africas-10-best-selling-bakkies-in-the-first-half-of-2019/
 

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WATCH: 50 years of Hilux in SA, this is where it all began

Toyota celebrates 50 years of its ubiquitous Hilux in South Africa, a pristine example of the N10 model was available to view at the recent Legend 50 and GR Sport launch in Botswana.

More than a million models sold

The first Hilux models made their way to Mzansi in 1969, they ran a basic 1.5-litre engine and the short wheelbase model provided a very attractive alternative to the larger Australian and American bakkies with their thirsty six- and eight-cylinder engines that held the major share of the pick-up market at that time.

https://www.wheels24.co.za/OffRoad_and_4x4/Bakkie_and_SUV/watch-50-years-of-hilux-in-sa-this-is-where-it-all-began-20190708

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Toyota Hilux Legend 50 (2019) Launch Review

Toyota has rolled out a host of new Hilux derivatives in 2019... The Prospecton-based firm recently launched the limited-edition GR Sport, as well as a number of Legend 50 derivatives. We crossed multiple borders with the Legend 50 to find out what it adds to the legacy of the Hilux. Ernest Page reports from "somewhere in Southern Africa".

With record sales of over 4 700 units in June 2019, the Hilux continues to dominate new-vehicle sales charts. Even though some may argue that Ford’s Ranger is an "as good or even better" product, the South African public’s appetite for Hilux bakkies has been insatiable for the last 50 years. It’s for that reason that Toyota has introduced the new Hilux Legend 50 which celebrates 5 decades of the Hilux in South Africa. It supersedes the familiar Raider range, but what's changed? We tour through 3 African countries in one day to find out if Hilux is still as proudly South African as ever.

Verdict

Monthly national new vehicle sales statistics (not to mention robust Hilux resale values) suggest that most consumers are more than happy with the existing Hilux package. Toyota – the 2018/19 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards Brand of the Year – would have to be silly to mess with a winning product, but thankfully it hasn't. In Legend 50 guise, the Hilux now looks even more handsome than in the outgoing Raider getup... Dare I say ask: could this be the best looking Hilux yet?. Expect to see 1 of these on the road, or in your, or your neighbour's, garage in the near future.

Pricing

Toyota Hilux Legend 50 Single Cab:

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Legend 50 6-speed manual R472 000

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Legend 50 6-speed automatic R491 100

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed manual R537 700

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed automatic R557 700

Toyota Hilux Legend 50 Xtra Cab:

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Legend 50 6-speed manual R511 100

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Legend 50 6-speed automatic R530 200

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed manual R578 800

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed automatic R598 200

Toyota Hilux Legend 50 Double Cab:

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Legend 50 6-speed manual R579 100

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Raised Body Legend 50 6-speed automatic R598 500

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed manual R647 600

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed automatic R668 800

Toyota Hilux 4.0 V6 4x4 Legend 50 6-speed automatic R712 100

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/toyota-hilux-legend-50-2019-launch-review/47022/

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Toyota Hilux GR Sport (2019) Launch Review

Verdict

Unfortunately for the Hilux GR Sport, comparisons between it and the Ranger Raptor are inevitable. In terms of its engineering, the GR Sport isn’t nearly as purposeful as the Ford; think of it as more of a homage to the reputation Toyota has gained after many miles at Dakar. For my taste, the ride is too firm for everyday use, which makes the standard Hilux Legend 50 a better buy. The 535 GR Sport owners will, however, benefit from the exclusivity of their bakkies and, probably, tremendous resale value. I wonder if Toyota might perhaps have a more hardcore Hilux in the pipeline?

Model Line-up and pricing

Only 600 GR Sport models will be built.

Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 GR Sport 6AT – R 707 400

The Hilux GR Sport comes with a 3-year/100 000 km warranty. A 9-services/90 000 km service plan is also standard. Customers can also purchase extended service plans via their Toyota dealer.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/toyota-hilux-gr-sport-2019-launch-review/47032/
 

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We drive Toyota's Hilux GR Sport (and Legend 50) in Botswana

You know you’re on to something special when it’s still in huge demand 50 years later. Immortalised on screen as Marty McFly’s black stallion in Back to the Future and most recently stamping its authority on (arguably) the toughest race on earth, the Dakar. I’m talking about the Toyota Hilux, of course.

Introduced more than five decades ago but still able to garner sales like no other new model in South Africa, the Hilux attracted 5000 new owners last month, one of its best months yet.

The GR Sport

Gazoo Racing is officially open for business in South Africa, and they’re doing things a little differently by launching a diesel-powered double-cab performance vehicle.

So, the GR Sport Hilux then. It’s the as-you-know-it high-spec 2019 Raider model, with all the bells and whistles you’d expect in a three-quarter of a million rand vehicle, but fettled with by Toyota’s new racing division to provide more sure-footed handling and added responsiveness in the dirt. Also, this is not a Ranger Raptor rival, it’s more BMW 318is, but more on that later.

With a bold, racy body kit and uprated KYB shock absorbers, made specifically for Toyota, stand-out features of the new Hilux GR Sport include a black-out honeycomb nose, with old-school TOYOTA badging. You also get Gazoo Racing decals all over the place. GR Sport branded running boards and unique 17-inch mags, with 265-wide tyres, round off the looks. Only 600 are going to be built and it is priced at R707 400 (around R80 000 less than a Ranger Raptor if you’re still unsure of which is right for you).

Toyota’s familiar 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine, which produces 130kW and 450Nm comes standard in the GR Sport, which can be poked fun at, as we’d have appreciated a power and torque bump. Nevertheless, the bakkie receives a Drive Mode Select system that is designed to provide sharper throttle responses.

The Legend 50

One of the journos that I attended the launch of the Legend 50 with asked a very pertinent question of the Toyota team: “Why not apply the GR Sport’s suspension upgrades to the Legend 50 range-toppers as well?”

Toyota spokespersons gave the diplomatic response, “watch this space” - but they also nodded to the fact that this will be the last “Legend”-branded Hilux that goes on sale in South Africa.

Nevertheless, what is the Hilux Legend 50? The special edition celebrates the bakkie’s 50th anniversary in South Africa and it (for now) replaces the Raider models upon which they are based. You can still choose from a wide variety of derivatives, including Single Cab, Xtra Cab and Double Cab body configurations, and 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains, and between two engines.

We’d opt for the 174kW, 376Nm 4-litre V6 petrol engine version, if free fuel came with it, but the 2.8-litre turbodiesel with 130kW and 420Nm (when mated to a manual transmission) might be the pick of the bunch for work and play.

The 450Nm diesel automatic model could be ideal for the daily, though. To tell the Legend 50 apart from the 2019 Raider that it replaces, look out for black colour treatment for the grille, the side sills and rear roll bar, as well as the unique black and silver two-tone 18-inch mag wheels and, of course, Legend 50 badging spread liberally inside and out. The Legend 50 also gets the GR Sport’s upgraded 20.3cm infotainment system with satnav, DVD player and reverse camera.

Should you buy one?

If bakkies are your thing and you want one that’s oozing character, get a Raptor. If you want a vehicle that’s competent enough to make you feel like a rally driver, but also able to lug around a full ton, get a Hilux GR Sport.

The Legend 50, well it’s just another good Hilux. Prices start at R47200 for single cab Legends.

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/latest-launches/we-drive-toyotas-hilux-gr-sport-and-legend-50-in-botswana-29080301
 

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Updated (Australia-spec) Toyota Hilux scores five stars for safety

The version of the Toyota Hilux sold in Australia has been awarded a five-star rating by ANCAP under the safety authority’s latest, more stringent tests.

Recent mid-life safety upgrades for the bakkie offered Down Under include the addition of a full suite of collision avoidance technologies, such as autonomous emergency braking (capable of detecting and reacting to other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists), active lane keep assist and an advanced speed assistance system.

While all 2,8-litre Hilux double-cab models (as well as the single 4,0-litre V6 derivative) offered in South Africa ship standard with seven airbags each (along with the likes of ABS with EBD, brake assist, traction control and stability control), the locally built variants don’t yet feature the collision avoidance tech outlined above.

Back in 2015, the Australia-spec Hilux also scored five stars, but that came under ANCAP's less stringent testing procedures.

In the latest evaluation, the 2019 Hilux scored 96 percent for adult occupant safety, 87 percent for child occupant safety, 88 percent for vulnerable road-user protection and 78 percent for its safety assistance equipment.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/industry-news/updated-australia-spec-toyota-hilux-scores-five-stars-for-safety/


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Toyota Hilux Aces Stricter Safety Test

Hilux impresses in strict safety tests Down Under

Toyota’s Hilux is the best-selling vehicle in both South Africa and Australia. That means that the safety rating of Toyota’s hugely popular bakkie is crucial, considering the sheer volume of people who buy and travel in them.

Although South Africa does not have a crash-testing authority or facility of its own, the Australians do – which conveniently serves as a reference for us, due to the similar in driving conditions and vehicle specification in both markets. ANCAP also tests right-hand-drive cars.

The 2019 ANCAP crash testing protocol has been revised and updated from last year and made stricter, requiring more safety features to enable a vehicle to achieve the desired five-star rating.

Toyota’s latest upgrades to the eighth-generation Hilux has made its bakkie the first double-cab to score a five-star rating in the revised 2019 ANCAP tests.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/toyota-hilux-aces-stricter-safety-test/47108/
 
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