The eighth generation 2016 Toyota Hilux Pickup has arrived…
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The Toyota Hilux has forever had repute as pickup truck that can go anyplace. The hardiness and reliability has made it a leading pick in tricky surroundings. How about a seafood frontier road trip from The Grand Pacific Drive to Jervis Bay? This truck is ideal for you.
The Toyota Hilux is the best selling one-tonne pickup truck in history with over 22 million sales to date and counting.
What’s it packing?
Toyota Hilux has a presence to inspire confidence to its drivers and passengers at the very first glance. Gone is the packed in and silky look of the earlier models. Toyota has sided with challengers Ford & Volkswagen by building a larger body and in so going for an enormous and daunting appearance.
The truck itself
Vastly superior than its predecessors! In spite of the elevated bonnet, all-round visibility is outrageously brilliant. The interior is homely opening with the driver’s seat which can be operated electronically to cater to drivers of all shapes & sizes.
The entire truck from the dashboard layout has used a simple design. There is new feature which is the 7 inch touch screen display that is incredibly sharp and clear cut. Nevertheless this isn’t the most responsive of systems which is a big frustration …to get any response out of it brace yourself to give it a good smack!
Buyers in Australian will have a commanding 2.8-litre diesel engine to take them places. When taking a closer look at the engine specs by Toyota this is a gutsy decision when taking into account over 70% of seventh-gen sales were from the 3.0-litre engines.
Toyota has told us that the new engine, which generates 148bhp and 295lb ft-has additional torque than the outgoing 3.0-litre models. Although it’s much silky and superior to the before versions when you look at torque power its below expectations regardless of what the manufacturer wants us to believe.
The main rivalry for the Hilux pickup will be form of Volkswagen’s Amarok V6 and Ford’s five-pot 3.2-litre Ranger models. Consumers looking for alternatives and options will have Ford and Volkswagen to choose from.
Through a built-in six-speed automatic or manual transmission this pickup can get up to 41.5mpg on the combined cycle. Though that sounds mighty fine this is just a standard requirement nowadays with the many pickups in the market offering a bare minimum 42mpg.
There is first-rate drive and handling, although Toyota has gone with a deep-rooted leaf-spring display at the rear. Torsional rigidity has rocketed up by 30% when you compare with earlier models. This characteristic is central in its handling, ride and durability.
Even if it’s leaf-sprung system is not as satisfying as the self-reliant coil springs of its main rivals like the Nissan’s NP300 Navara. The leaves have been made longer by 100mm to lessen the force of bumpy roads much more than other pickups.
The 8th generation Toyota Hilux comes with the unmatched attributes of its previous models well-known off road capability. On the other hand compared with earlier models it is more enhanced for better advance and departure angles. A 4wd system with modes to pick that comes electronically controlled, front and back limited-slip discrepancy next to a locking function in the rear.
Although fitted with extra weight this pickup is just as fast off road as on the smooth highway… The Hilux also comes with a new oil temperature sensor that routinely corrects the all-wheel-drive system to prevent overheating when been used in 4wd mode
The Hilux’s towing capability has shoot up to the head of the pack with an amazing 3.5 tonnes which is precisely what all heavy duty operators long for. The load bay is the largest in pickups on sale at an incredible 1525mm long by 1645mm wide dimension. On the other hand the max payload comes in at 1110kg which is just about a standard as all the other picks in the market.
A resounding yes to this Toyota Hilux pickup!
When you put side by side with other pickups on sale it might not be the most proficient or the most reasonably priced or even the most comfy…
But the Toyota Hilux is a time-honored pickup with well-known Toyota brand name behind it; that has a massive standing as a “as pickup truck that is all conquering”.
With a greater build, on road/ off-road capability that is without equal, next to a 3.5t towing power, the eighth-generation Hilux even in the face of severe challenge – is one of the best pickups if not best in the market today.
For the typical Australian buyer who needs to do everyday tasks, to the heavy duty user who is looking for massive pulling power, or the adventurer who wants to explore Sydney on a road trip this pickup can be your thrill ride…
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