Since 48 years, Toyota builds the pick-up Hilux, now the eighth generation comes to Europe to continue the legend of indestructible all-rounder. Can they?
Source: Jens Koch for Toyota
Windhoek / Namibia - The Toyota Hilux is often heralded as being virtually indestructible. The mid-size pickup truck from Toyota, says developer Hiroki Nakajima, was built for wilder environments than Europe. Introduced in 1968 as a light commercial vehicle and has since built a total of eight generations of the Hilux, unfortunately, not only mobilized farmers, forestry workers or nursery operations.
Its stability made the Toyota Hilux early to Vehicle of choice for rebels, pirates and armies around the world. The war between Libya and Chad (1986-1987) was one called "Toyota War" in the story. Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Somalia, Ethiopia, Iraq and Syria last - Toyota's easier to pick-up, agile, fast and tough, is a sought military equipment in every trouble spot.
Fortunately, there are also peaceful users such as charities, expedition teams and ordinary people who live off ausentwickelter transport systems. Around 18 million copies sold since Toyota 1968th
The reputation of the indestructibleSource: Jens Koch for Toyota
What can withstand this car, the British show "Top Gear" 2006 tested with a wink. In two episodes, the team led by Jeremy Clarkson tried to get an 18-year-old Hilux with 300,000 kilometers on the clock broke.
They went so against a tree, buried the car in the sea, set it on fire and more. But with the help of some oil and a wrench Toyota jumped always again.
Back to today: The produced in South Africa eighth generation Hilux comes in September 2016 finally to Europe. In other parts of the world it is already being sold right-hand drive. And she has a reputation to uphold.
On the basic principle has not changed. The body with single, extra or double cabin sits on a ladder frame high above the street, to rear-wheel drive and a loading area. The length of which depends on the cab structure. All-wheel drive is available as an option.
The new Hilux, says Mr. Nakajima, one has even developed its legendary robustness, with a stiffer and more massive leadframe as well as 120 additional welding points. A lockable four-wheel drive with optional reduction increases the off-road capability.
More comfort and more technology
On the SUV trend Toyota had to respond, because the (not quite) new light SUV dig the traditional pick-ups some customers. Therefore, the new Hilux was more comfortable and safer. But does that for Hilux? like the proper insulation, it keeps the noise of newly developed 2.4-liter diesel engine (150 hp) effective from the interior away. The ride comfort of soft-adjusted "Comfort" version is remarkable for a rear-wheel drive with rigid axle and leaf spring rear.
camera-based with Toyota "Safety Sense" system with lane changing assistant, emergency braking systems and road signs recognition is one, however, can do little in regions such as southern Africa. Paved roads, even with traces, there are not nearly anywhere. Have vehicles ahead swirled a lot of dust in the air, the camera sees nothing anyway.
In addition, Where is electronics, electronics can break. A start-stop system (400 euros) in the desert is not only absurd, it is also. Charities curse already over power windows, we hear. The building Toyota from the "Duty 4x4" version a standard. For the European market, at least where the nearest Authorized Service Center is never far away.
Source: Jens Koch for Toyota
Large diesel from 2017
In countries such as Namibia could be the 80-liter tank the European Hilux not even fill hesitation. The fuel local contains a lot of sulfur and could damage the sensitive Euro 6 emission control. Our consumption on desert slopes, sand and rubble: around 11 liters per 100 kilometers, under these circumstances entirely appropriate. Fuel consumption (6.8 l / 100 km) or not.
When switching to all-wheel operation of the Forces are clearly audible to the front axle. The big Hilux comes off road everywhere well - as long as he has enough space and the driver overview and nervous reserves. Hill Start Assist, reduction and lock are available in all-wheel-Hilux on board and facilitate maneuvering between rocks and holes in the ground.
Occasionally we wanted yet more torque. This is Toyota from 2017 to the 2.8-liter diesel from the Land Cruiser to offer. Not quite convincing: If you want to quickly switch to a lower gear on a slope and does not know his shift tracks during sleep, sometimes ends up in reverse. With the rapid Aisin six-speed automatic can not happen. Even otherwise, it is the most comfortable choice, but drives up the price in Germany at least 38,270 euros.
Conclusion: The Hilux is still the Hilux. 20 years has new and thicker leadframe least, says Toyota - Also in the jungle or in the desert. With all of the available in our first-world electronics of the pick-up is good even a lifestyle vehicle. Anyone who wants to use him humanely, but please for peaceful purposes, but reaches for the "duty" equipment and dispenses with rear view camera, touch screen or automatic climate control. Then you could pick sun-dried baobab wood from the desert with this pick-up at any time. As ever.
Toyota Hilux Specifications