October 18, 2021
The present generation Toyota Hilux has hit the top sales charts since its launch in South Africa in 2016. But its success is not going uncontested, as competing brands are trying to outdo Toyota’s performance.1
Even though the Toyota Hilux is still riding the wave of success, it has reached halfway in its model cycle. But, despite its success, competing brands are beginning to overtake the mainly-unaltered Hilux in just about every aspect, including performance, comfort and safety, to name a few.
The Hilux Legend is the new top-of-the-range model, coming in above the Raider. In addition, the upgraded top-spec variants, namely, the Hilux Xtra Cab and Double Cab models, now bear the Legend label that used to be applied to commemorative editions.
There are all three body types involved: 6-speed transmissions in either manual or automatic versions, 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains, and a choice between 2.4 and 2.8-litre GD-6 engines. As standard, all Legend models have a 2.8-litre engine.
Significant changes made to the 2.8 GD-6’s automatic engine have produced increased performance. The upgrade includes computer software, reinforced internal components, a bigger turbocharger, and improved fuel injection and cooling systems. However, Toyota made sure that the upgrade did not compromise the car’s durability.
The engine has a generous power output of 150 kW, and a torque output of 599 Nm, close to the bi-turbo 2.0-litre Ford Ranger’s 157 kW and 500 Nm, respectively. The 2.8 GD-6 engine’s 500 Nm torque maximum spreads over a more extensive rev range, so doing away with requiring more ratios in the transmission. Although Toyota restricts the 2.8-litre engine to 130 kW power and 420Nm torque, the Legend automatic is probably the most favourite choice by the upper leisure/ family bakkie market.
These remain the same, such as the 2.4 GD-6 Raiders generating 110 kW and 400 Nm, irrespective of the transmission used. Toyota adjusted certain mechanical items for the entire range. These include the redesign of suspension bushes, re-tuning of springs and dampers, and re-modification of cabin mounts to minimize noise and vibrations transmitted between the cabin and chassis frame.
The Hilux double-cab has numerous safety features, including 7 airbags, stability control, ABS brakes, standard front and rear parking sensors, and the usual ISOFIX child seat anchors. As a first, the Legend now has a lane-changing warning besides adaptive cruise control.
The cost of Hilux double-cab bakkie ownership starts at R460 600 for the 2.7 VVTi RB S 5MT model.
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