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Toyota Hilux 2.0 VVTi

Broadcast dates : 28th August 2005
3rd September 2005

The 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 specification.

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 pick-up.

The Hilux has been completely redesigned for 2005 and is bigger in all respects compared to its predecessors.
Toyota 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 luxury.

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 The torsion bar set-up at the front has been replaced by coil springs and wishbones.

And at the rear, the leaf springs are now located above the live axle, with dual sets of dampers providing rebound control.

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 the year.

Toyota Hilux 2.0
  • Engine: Four-cylinder petrol, 1 998 cc
  • Power: 100 kW @ 5 600 rpm
  • Torque: 182 Nm@ 4 000 rpm
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual, rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 16,2 seconds
  • Top speed: 165 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 12,2 litres/100 km
  • Price: R130 000

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