MHEV Toyota Hilux debuts locally

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has just unveiled a bolder, refreshed Hilux Raider, with innovative 48V technology on selected Hilux double cabs, as well as a host of Toyota-approved accessories.

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What’s new?

It was exactly a year ago that a Toyota Hilux Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) conducted a successful demo run at a World Rally Championship event in Kenya. Fast forward 12 months later and that technology is now exclusively available in the form of 48V in select Hilux and Fortuner models.

Hybrid system:

The introduction of 48V technology to Hilux and Fortuner is in line with Toyota’s multi-pathway approach, which encompasses diverse eco-friendly technologies through various powertrain options.

The system contributes a power boost of 12 kW and 65 Nm of torque and exclusive to select 4x2 and 4x4 double-cab Legend and Raider grades as well as Fortuner versions.

It incorporates a motor generator, 48-volt battery, and DC/AC converter into the 2.8-litre GD-6 turbo-diesel four-cylinder powertrain and six-speed automatic transmission. This not only enhances fuel economy and powertrain smoothness but also elevates the vehicle’s off-road capabilities.

Exterior:

All Raider grades gain a new front-end visual refresh, which includes a redesigned front bumper, honeycomb mesh grille and newly designed fog lamp bezels.

Other new design elements include black side mirrors and door handles (on the 2.8 models) and rear bumper and tailgate handle – marking a discernible departure from chrome accents.

Interior:

More or less the same with some equipment enhancements. The 2.4 model gains retractable mirrors, while the 2.8 boasts leather seats and 8-way power seat adjustment on the driver’s side. The Raider 48V adds jam protection, auto up/down windows on all windows, push start, smart entry and Multi-Terrain Select.

Accessories:

In addition, customers investing in the refreshed Raider can also customise their vehicles with a wide range of Toyota-approved lifestyle accessories – such as roof racks, cross bars, rooftop tents, roof boxes, bike carriers, fridges, recovery boards, solar panels and more.

The lifestyle range complements the existing array of accessories, including tow bars, styling bars, nudge bars, side steps and canopies.

Customers can order and fit these accessories through their Toyota dealer and be invoiced for a one-stop-shop experience.

The accessories are compatible with various vehicles such as Hilux, Fortuner, Land Cruiser Prado, Land Cruiser 70 Series and Land Cruiser 300.

Pricing:

Extra Cab: Hilux Raider 2.8 GD-6 RB 6AT (R587 200), Hilux Raider 2.8 GD-6 4X4 6MT (R563 200).

Double Cab: Hilux Raider 2.8 GD-6 4x4 6MT (R612 100), Hilux Raider 2.8 GD-6 RB 6AT (R633 200), Hilux Raider 2.8 GD-6 4x4 6MT (R684 800), Hilux Raider 2.4 GD-6 4x4 6AT (R716 300), Hilux Raider 2.8 GD-6 RB 6AT (R769 900), Hilux Raider 2.8 GD-6 RB 6AT 48V (R785 400), Hilux Raider 2.8 GD-6 4x4 6AT (R858 600), Hilux Raider 2.8 GD-6 4x4 6AT 48V (R876 600).

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