Hilux 2.0 VVTi
dates : 28th August 2005
3rd September 2005
two-litre VVTi Hilux has an un-painted front bumper and
grille combo denoting it as a base model. And the mirrors
and door handles are also black plastic in this no-frills
This model is aimed at farmers and construction workers who
want a no-nonsense workhorse.
And not just South African farmers, as the South
African-built Hilux is being exported around the world.
The impressive two-litre four-cylinder engine is a new
fitment to the Hilux range, and is equipped with, amongst
other rugged items, a heavy-duty air-filter for dusty work.
In fact the load capacity is 1300 kilograms on this petrol
The Hilux has been completely redesigned for 2005 and is
bigger in all respects compared to its predecessors.
is geared to export a major portion of its production to
developing countries, and capacity at the Durban plant has
more than doubled for this new strategy. In light of this,
the accent on this base model is on durability, rather than
The new Hilux interior has been thoroughly redesigned with
smart, plastic-impregnated, cloth seat upholstery that
should prove durable on the base model. Hendrik enjoyed the
cupholders in the door pockets and found the solid
gear-change for the five-speed box to be quick and precise.
The suspension system is also all-new. The torsion bar
set-up at the front has been replaced by coil springs and
And at the rear, the leaf springs are now located above the
live axle, with dual sets of dampers providing rebound
The short first gear is designed to get things moving with a
full load of close to one and a half tons.
Itís also useful for driving around on rough farm tracks.
In fact, the design brief for the new Hilux was to make it
one of the toughest pick-ups on the planet.
The base engine is a sixteen-valve unit. The intake valve
timing is variable over a wide range, and provides an
excellent balance between low speed torque and reliability.
And now one of the cheapest bakkies too. At R130 000,
the two-litre VVTi has to be one of the bargains of
Toyota Hilux 2.0
Four-cylinder petrol, 1 998 cc
- Power: 100 kW @ 5
- Torque: 182 Nm@ 4
Five-speed manual, rear-wheel-drive
- 0-100 km/h: 16,2
- Top speed: 165
- Fuel consumption:
12,2 litres/100 km
- Price: R130 000
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