The top-selling vehicle in Mzansi (a bakkie, no less) has been upgraded with more engine power, technology, convenience, and comfort, while retaining its traditional hallmarks of toughness and durability. The line-up and grade strategy for the Toyota Hilux has also been revised – and now you too can own a Legend from R550 000 for the Xtra Cab 2.8 GD-6 RB 6MT.
The Legend grade – formerly only used for “limited edition” derivatives such as the Legend 50 – now becomes the flagship grade above the Raider, while the mid-range SRX is replaced by the Raider. The utility-focused S and SR models, complete with original front façades, continue as before. One has to wonder, though, whether the expansion of the Legend range does not devalue the hallowed status of the nameplate?
Perhaps using “Invincible” (as in the UK), “Rogue” or “Rugged X” (like in Oz) may have been better, leaving the “Legend” and “Dakar” designations free for special derivatives, as originally intended? Anyway, the new Legends now receive a trapezoidal grille outlined in black, integrated with the front bumper, bonnet protector, and skid plate with dark-plated headlamp inserts. (Some say it now looks more like the Ranger.)
Inside, there is exclusive accent treatment to the instrument cluster, interior trim panels, switchgear and gear lever, and an all-new eight-inch infotainment system; and also unique are two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels and a revised 2.8 GD-6 engine now delivering 150 kW and 500 Nm (in Auto models). All Hilux models are also now equipped with the Toyota Connect telematics system.