Toyota in Europe has taken the wraps off its new (rather unimaginatively named) Hilux Special Edition, which features various subtle exterior and interior “design enhancements”.
Set to make its public debut at the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, the special edition (which is a purely cosmetic exercise, so includes no updates to the 2,4- or 2,8-litre turbodiesel engines) will be offered in double-cab and Xtra-cab form.
Exterior tweaks include black and dark grey finishes for various components, including the front upper grille surround, foglamp bezels and rear under-run. The door handles, tailgate handle, side-mirror caps, rear bumper corners and rear under-run also gain this understated treatment.
Markets in Western European will furthermore receive two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels, while buyers in Eastern Europe will be offered black items of the same size.
The Hilux Special Edition features an all-black interior, complete with chrome instrument panel detailing as well as piano black inserts on the dashboard, door trim, steering wheel, gear lever and gearshift surround.
The instrument binnacle, meanwhile, gains a white background and a central TFT screen displaying a special animation when the ignition is switched on. The key, too, is model-specific, featuring a silhouette sketch of the vehicle’s front design.
So, what about South Africa? Well, those with a keen eye will by now have realised many of the updates applied to this European special edition mirror those already featured on the Dakar edition first introduced in SA in mid-2018. So, instead we expect to see the (as-yet-unconfirmed) Hilux Legend 50 later in 2019, with the Hilux GR-Sport set to hit the market in June.
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