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A Toyota executive says the Hilux and Land Cruiser bakkies will in future feature “some type of electrification”.

According to, Sean Hanley, Toyota Australia’s vice-president of sales and marketing, told media at the Tokyo Motor Show there was “no doubt” the bakkies would be electrified.

“We’ve always maintained that whatever we do in the future, we will continue to have Hiluxes, we will continue to have Land Cruisers going forward, but we will bring out – in the future – some type of electrification. There’s no doubt,” he said.

Hanley went on to say the first hybrid examples were “unlikely to be this generation Hilux, given that it’s mid-life”. That, as points out, suggests the earliest possible arrival of such a variant would be around 2023.

Interestingly, Hanley hinted the bakkies could go the hybrid-diesel (rather than hybrid-petrol) route.

“We haven’t firmed up our product offering of the future, but potentially we could have hybrid diesels,” he said, according to the publication.

Hanley added bakkie owners in Australia's agricultural industries were “very enthusiastic” for Toyota to bring out commercial vehicles in hybrid form and that “they’re also very enthusiastic to learn what those commercial vehicles would be capable of doing”.

“It’s incumbent on us to provide vehicles and mobility services of the future that suit their requirements and reduce any impact vehicles have on the earth. Whatever we bring out, we will have the capability required to fulfil their requirements,” he said.

Toyota South Africa Motors has quietly added a new derivative to its local Hilux range, now offering the single-cab version of its bakkie in 2,7-litre petrol flavour.

Before now, the single-cab Hilux was available in 2,0-litre petrol form (with 102 kW and 183 N.m) as well as 2,4-litre and 2,8-litre turbodiesel guise.

But the thirteenth and latest variant in the single-cab line-up draws its urge from the Japanese firm’s familiar 2,7-litre petrol unit. As it does in the Fortuner and Hilux double-cab models with the same heart, the naturally aspirated mill here makes 122 kW and 245 N.m.

In this case, it sends its oomph to the rear axle via a five-speed manual gearbox, resulting in a claimed 12,1-second sprint to 100 km/h and a top speed of 180 km/h (not that such figures matter very much in a workhorse bakkie). Braking towing capacity comes in at 2 500 kg while ground clearance is some 269 mm.

Officially dubbed the Hilux 2,7 VVTi RB S single-cab, the newcomer is priced at R370 000. Standard features include manual air-conditioning, a two-speaker audio system, three airbags, ABS with EBD and 17-inch alloys (wrapped in 265/65 R17 rubber). A nine-service/90 000 km plan is included, along with the standard three-year/100 000 km warranty.

Toyota SA Motors also recently added the GR-Sport and Legend 50 derivatives to its local range of Hilux bakkies.

If you’re a regular reader of, you’ll already know we published a pricing scoop on the new Toyota Hilux GR-Sport (as well as the new Legend 50 variants). And now Toyota South Africa has revealed a few more details about this model, including its special suspension upgrades.

As a reminder, just 535 units of the Hilux GR-Sport flagship double-cab bakkie have been set aside for South Africa. The newcomer is based on the existing 2,8 GD-6 4x4 6AT double-cab derivative, which means it employs the standard 2,8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, sending 130 kW and 450 N.m to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. It is priced at R707 400, which is some R69 900 more than the model on which it is based.

The local arm of the Japanese automaker says the Hilux GR-Sport has been “engineered” by its Gazoo Racing arm, featuring tuned suspension “for better handling and control – while sacrificing none of its comfort or safety – as well as an ultra-aggressive Gazoo Racing-inspired exterior and interior”.

Toyota says the double-wishbone front and leaf spring rear suspension set-up has been “specially uprated for improved high-speed handling on all tar and gravel surfaces”. Stronger shock absorbers have been fitted at all four corners for “increased damping”, while the front springs are also stiffer than standard. While the firm says the latter results in a “sportier ride and sharper turning response”, it claims it does so “without compromising on the Hilux’s ride quality”.

Styling updates for the Hilux GR-Sport – which will be offered in Glacier White, Attitude Black and Arizona Red, each hue complete with special “Gazoo Racing” decals – include a black honeycomb grille (playing host to silver “Toyota” lettering), red trim for the front foglamp bezels, black 17-inch alloys (shod in 265/65 R17 rubber), GR-Sport-branded running boards and Toyota Gazoo Racing lettering along the flanks and on the tailgate.

Inside, you’ll find a branded start button, partial leather trim, “GR” branding for the headrests (and floor mats),a production plate with a unique serial number (sited on the centre console), splashes of red trim and a new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with satellite navigation). was the first to bring you pricing for the new Toyota Hilux GR-Sport and now we can also share pricing for the Legend 50 derivatives set to launch in South Africa at the start of July 2019.

The "Legend 50" badge, of course, celebrates half a century of Hilux sales in South Africa and follows the Legend 45 that launched locally back in 2014.

Also read: More details on the new Toyota Hilux Legend 50...

As many as 13 derivatives will be offered – across the single-, xtra- and double-cab body styles, and in 4x2 and 4x4 guises – each based on the familiar Raider trim level (and likely replacing said Raider models for the duration of the Legend 50’s production run).

From what we understand, Legend 50 models will be offered with model-specific accessories such as branded nudge bars, styling bars, side-steps, rear-step towbars and alloy wheels (although it's not yet clear what will be standard and what will be optional). Keyless entry (with push-button start) is also on the cards for Legend 50 models, while a tweak to the infotainment system is also likely.

Twelve of the 13 variants will draw their urge from the Japanese firm’s 2,8-litre turbodiesel engine, which generates 130 kW (plus 420 N.m in the case of the six-speed manual derivatives and 450 N.m in the case of the six-speed automatics). Take note that the package cannot be ordered in conjunction with the 2,4-litre oil-burner or the base 2,7-litre petrol engine.

The 4,0-litre V6 petrol model, meanwhile, will top the locally built range, priced at R712 100 (making it a little more expensive than the aforementioned Hilux GR-Sport). As a reminder, this engine generates 175 kW and 376 N.m, channelled to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.


Single cab:
Toyota Hilux 2,8 GD-6 RB Legend 50: R472 000
Toyota Hilux 2,8 GD-6 RB Legend 50 AT: R491 100
Toyota Hilux 2,8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50: R537 700
Toyota Hilux 2,8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 AT: R557 700

Xtra cab:
Toyota Hilux 2,8 GD-6 RB Legend 50: R511 100
Toyota Hilux 2,8 GD-6 RB Legend 50 AT: R530 200
Toyota Hilux 2,8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50: R578 800
Toyota Hilux 2,8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 AT: R598 200

Double cab:
Toyota Hilux 2,8 GD-6 RB Legend 50: R579 100
Toyota Hilux 2,8 GD-6 RB Legend 50 AT: R598 500
Toyota Hilux 2,8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50: R647 600
Toyota Hilux 2,8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 50 AT: R668 800
Toyota Hilux 4,0 V6 4x4 Legend 50 AT: R712 100


The new Toyota Hilux GR-Sport flagship double-cab bakkie has arrived in South Africa in limited numbers and has local pricing ahead of the official market launch.

The newcomer is based on the existing 2,8 GD-6 4x4 6AT double-cab derivative. Just 535 units of this bakkie have been set aside for the South African market, as announced in February 2019.

So, how much are we looking at here? Well, the Hilux GR-Sport will be priced at R707 400 (that’s some R69 900 more than the model on which it is based).

Also read: Toyota Hilux Legend 50 in South Africa! Check out local pricing…

Under the skin, the limited-edition bakkie gains “special off-road-biased suspension”, which the Japanese firm says affords it “even greater off-the-beaten-track prowess”. The suspension updates include hardened front springs and the addition of double-tube dampers. The latter work together with “specifically selected” valves to result in a “tailored damping curve to enhance driver control” and “increase confidence” during high-speed driving on gravel roads.

The Hilux GR-Sport also features special “Gazoo Racing” decals, a unique grille design (complete with "Toyota" lettering), a two-tone colour scheme, a black styling bar, chunky running boards and model-specific 17-inch alloy wheels (wrapped in 265/65 all-terrain rubber).

In addition, Toyota says it boasts “tailored interior treatment”. For reference, the Brazilian-spec model features perforated leather with red stitching, as well as various Gazoo Racing details, including a start button, GR-branded floor mats, a numbered interior plate and a GR logo on the front headrests. It's likely a similar arrangement will be offered here.

From what we understand, no under-bonnet changes have been made, which means the Hilux GR-Sport employs the standard 2,8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, sending 130 kW and 450 N.m to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota has announced an investment of more than R6,1-billion in South Africa to facilitate production of the new Hilux and Fortuner in Durban.

This move represents the biggest single investment Toyota has made to date.

Some R1,9-billion of the Prospecton plant investment covers supplier tooling, while R1,4-billion will be used for in-house tooling. The remainder has been set aside for investment in in-house facilities and buildings to cater for the new press machines.

Toyota's component plants, situated across the road from the main plants, have also undergone major "facilitisation", with the chassis plant being completely reworked.

New facilities have been furthermore installed for the manufacture of a variety of other in-house components, including the new instrument panel, exhaust assembly, brake and clutch assembly, rear bumper reinforcement, catalytic converter, rear and front axle assemblies as well as the painted resin front bumpers.

Over and above Toyota's investment, the automaker says its suppliers have made substantial investments amounting to more than R1,7-billion, while also attracting five new international suppliers. This, in turn, has had a knock-on effect on production capacity at the Prospecton plant, which has now increased from 120 000 units to 140 000 units per annum.

Toyota South Africa Motors is the second largest global manufacturer of the Hilux and Fortuner (behind Thailand) and the only facility tasked with building Hilux models that meet the new Euro 6 regulatory demands. Exports are forecast to be slightly more than 50% of the local arm's total 2016 Hilux and Fortuner production.

That means more than 55 000 new Durban-built Hilux and Fortuners will be exported this year to 74 countries across the world. These exports include both right-hand-drive and left-hand-drive variants and consist of hundreds of derivatives.

The South African operation will also be exporting new components to Thailand for the use in that country's production facilities.


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