HILUX 2.8 GD-6 RB D/CAB RAIDER
2019 TOYOTA HILUX 2.8 GD
Tough, tougher, tougherer. The ad campaign for new Hilux, launched in SA early in 2016, was “Tougherer”. While the new Hilux may appear to have rounder edges and a modernised interior, it matters that it is still a tough bakkie built for longevity in terms of drivetrain, bodywork, load bay… and any other expectation from a bakkie, and in particular a Hilux bakkie.
This has been the top-selling new vehicle in the country for years, so Toyota clearly had to both update the previous long-serving Hilux (which arrived here in 2005) and retain the toughness and enviable reputation Hilux has achieved.
Double (cab) life
The double life of a double cab is of course to be able to carry 5 people in its family life, and/or people + a near 1-ton load in work life. Here the Hilux fits the bill. Having tested it with family on board, the big Hilux double cab was found to be spacious, even in the back (which is often a compromise in other double cabs) with enough knee and head room in the back. Being such a high vehicle, the getting in and out is a bit difficult for shorter or older people, so the assist grab handles at all entry/exit pillars make it easier. Once inside, though, the commanding seating positions afford a great view out. This is appreciated by driver and passenger (even in the rear) alike.
A useful feature in the Hilux double cab is a small fold-out hook in the front seat-backs – stow it neatly to fit flush and out the way, or simply pop it open to hook in a grocery bag, avoiding items sliding around in the back passenger area of the bakkie and thereby not potentially distracting the driver.
Ride comfort is great – a 3.1m long wheelbase and large high-profile tyres help, and the Hilux no longer needs a bag of cement in the back to make the ride more supple. Pitch and bounce control is now much better.
Speaking of loading something in the back, the new Hilux double cab Raider has a smart tonneau cover for the load bay: it has a simple-to-use clip-in beading which allows you to quickly unclip open or pop-in close the rear cover. Its operation is easy, with no wrestling with or pulling on ropes – the beading easily attaches to the edge surround on the load bay. A gearbox had to be transported on the back, and the Hilux also has a rubber mat in the load bay, so no need to screech and scratch when pushing heavy objects into / out of the bay. The sturdy chrome tailgate handle also has a built-in lock, used by twisting the ignition key in it.
Extras : Air Conditioning , AM/FM Stereo , Cruise Control , Dual Side Airbags , Power Brakes , Power Locks , Power Steering , Power Windows , Remote Keyless Entry , Tilt Steering , ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes) , Fog Lights ,
Year : 2019
Mileage : 11000 Km
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