Hilux & Fortuner 48V launched locally

Gone are the days where “V” after a number indicated of the number of valves of an internal combustion engine, be it a 16V or even a powerful 48V.

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When you see a new Hilux and Fortuner with a 48V-emblem, it is not about the number of valves… it is a mere indication of Volt as a mild hybrid system is introduced in this popular ranges of the manufacturer.

What’s new?

Toyota’s new Hilux and Fortuner 48V introduces electrification to the legendary pick-up and SUV range for the first time to deliver greater efficiency, improved driving performance and enhanced comfort in both urban and off-road environments.

Engine:

The 2.8 litre diesel engine has been strengthened by the addition of a hybrid 48V system specifically designed for the unique demands of Toyota’s dual use pick-up and SUV lifestyles.

The engine drives a compact motor generator using a belt system, which in turn charges the new 48V lithium battery, which is small enough to be installed under the rear seats to minimise impact on cabin space and weighs just 7.6 kg. This 48V battery also supplies the vehicle’s 12V system through a new DC/DC converter.

Like Toyota’s full hybrid electric systems, the new battery is charged during deceleration, efficiently regenerating braking energy that would otherwise be lost, whilst also adding additional braking performance. Once charged, the battery sends up to 12 kW of power and 65 Nm of torque through the motor generator to the engine to enhance acceleration, power and efficiency.

Combining with the motor generator is the powerful and proven Euro 6d-compliant, DOHC, 16 valve, 2.8-litre diesel engine, which generates 150 kW at 3 400 r/min and 500 Nm of torque between 1 600 and 2 800 r/min.

In an urban environment, the additional power of the hybrid 48V system delivers better throttle response and linear acceleration, particularly from a standstill, while regenerative braking creates a more effective and natural deceleration feel.

An enhanced stop-start system allows the engine to remain off for longer periods which, coupled with the benefits of the hybrid 48V system, improves fuel efficiency by up to 5% compared to the conventional non-electrified diesel powertrain, says Toyota.

Motor generator power allows for smoother acceleration when negotiating rough terrain too, and regenerative braking supports safer downhill manoeuvring, while the engine’s idling speed is reduced from 720 r/min to 600 r/min, which increases a driver’s ability to easily control the vehicle.

For the first time on the Hilux and Fortuner, the new Multi-terrain Select system provides even better performance and control by giving the driver the option to adjust vehicle stability control settings according to the specific driving conditions.

Model Line-up & pricing:

Hilux:

2.8 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6AT MHEV (R774 800), 2.8 GD-6 4X4 RAIDER 6AT MHEV (R866 000), 2.8 GD-6 RB LEGEND 6AT MHEV (R869 100), 2.8 GD-6 RB LEGEND RS 6AT MHEV (R967 500), 2.8 GD-6 4X4 LEGEND RS 6AT MHEV (R1 023 400) and the 2.8 GD-6 4X4 LEGEND 6AT MHEV (R921 800).

Fortuner:

2.8 GD-6 RB 6AT MHEV (R834 800), 2.8 GD-6 RB 6AT MHEV BT (R845 300), 2.8 GD-6 4X4 6AT MHEV (R918 600), 2.8 GD-6 4X4 6AT MHEV BT (R929 100), 2.8 GD-6 RB VX 6AT MHEV (R879 300), 2.8 GD-6 RB VX 6AT MHEV BT (R889 800), 2.8 GD-6 4x4 VX 6AT MHEV (R961 800) and the 2.8 GD-6 4x4 VX 6AT MHEV BT (R972 300).

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