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New Toyota Hilux invades Zim

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John Kachembere • 1 August 2016 12:21PM • 4 comments

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HARARE - Toyota Zimbabwe has launched three new vehicle models in a bid to regain its

market-leading position from competitors.

On Sunday, the eighth-generation Hilux, second-generation Fortuner and the Toyota 200, which were unveiled on Sunday at Donnybrook, are expected to up rivalry in the pick-up and SUV segments.

However, this week’s instalment will particularly focus on the new Hilux that was designed specifically for Zimbabwe in response to changing personal preferences and lifestyles, and in line with infrastructural, technological and agricultural advancements.

For motor enthusiasts, it is public knowledge that since its introduction in 1969, the Hilux has etched out an enviable reputation for itself, where the durability, strength and outright quality of the product has entrenched itself in the hearts of its owners.

The most striking feature of the new generation is certainly the exterior design, with the Hilux projecting a tough stance, while also exuding a sense of innovation and refinement.

But it is inside the vehicle that you will spend all your time and the interior sets new standards for a light commercial vehicle. The same design ethos of tough and advanced was used to create an interior that combines ruggedness and practicality with innovation and design.

Taking centre stage in the interior is a new touchscreen audio system. Featuring a flat panel design, flick operation and capacitive touch technology, the system is a marvel.

The interior is high quality, innovative and user friendly with comfort and convenience clearly being strong influencers in the design process. Interior space and comfort has definitely been improved, with four adults now able to travel in comfort where this was not always the case previously.

Underpinning the new model is an all-new frame, delivering improved strength and rigidity. High tensile steel, thicker cross members and increased cross sections all contribute to greater handling, ride comfort and safety levels. Noise and vibration levels have been reduced, resulting a quieter driving experience.

Under the bonnet is a range of engines offering improved power output, efficiency and refinement.

Powering the new Hilux continues to be the reliable and proven KD series engines, built for Africa and driving Toyota’s brand. Two engine derivatives are available in our markets are the 2,5 litre and 3,0 litre. All of which are powered by 4-cylinder inline 16 valve DOHC (double over-head camshaft), common rail diesel system.

With a focus on safety, workhorse models will now feature a driver airbag, while double cab models will feature a total of seven airbags and Isofix child seat anchors. ABS, brake assist and an antitheft system are also standard across all grades.

Signifying their flagship status, high-grade models will feature exclusive exterior trim, metallic interior accents and a comprehensive list of comfort and convenience specification.

Within the light commercial vehicle market, customers no longer only expect toughness and durability from their bakkie, but are placing much greater emphasis on comfort, convenience and design. The bakkie of today needs to fulfil a multipurpose role.

The Hilux does exactly that. Behind the wheel it no longer feels like you are driving a commercial vehicle.

The ride handling and comfort is similar to what we have become used to in luxury SUVs and even some passenger cars and all creature comforts that come with those vehicles have now also been included.

With price ranges starting from $50 000, all models are accompanied by a 3 year or 100 000 kilometre warranty – whichever occurs first – with service intervals set at every 5 000 kilometres.