Legend 45 edition for Hilux Raiders
For over 45 years, 13 million Toyota Hilux pick-ups have been forging trails around the globe from the Arctic tundra to the deserts of the Kalahari. This unstoppable vehicle has earned the highest trust and admiration for its off-road capabilities, endurance and overall ability.
Who can forget Clarkson and Co of BBC Top Gear fame taking an elderly 1988 diesel Hilux with over 305 000 km on the clock and subjecting it to all sorts of physical abuse. The mechanical torture consisted of driving it down a flight of steps, scraping buildings, crashing headlong into a tree, being washed out to sea, submerging it in the swirling water for four hours, driving it through a garden shed, dropping a caravan onto it, clobbering it with a wrecking ball, setting it on fire and, finally, placing it on top of a multi-story apartment block before unceremoniously setting off a controlled explosion which imploded the entire building.
All that remained was a pile of rubble and that Hilux. Nevertheless it was dug out of the heap and resuscitated with nothing more than a few tools that were left in the truck’s toolbox. As testament to the Hilux’s never-say-die attitude it now enjoys pride of place in the Top Gear studios and was appropriately dubbed ‘The Invincible Hilux’.
In the words of Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing for Toyota South Africa Motors: “Hilux is the Corolla of the light commercial world and its worldwide success is by no means accidental. More than any other Hilux generation, this seventh iteration has seen numerous improvements throughout its life, each of which has enabled it to consistently exceed consumer needs and assure its place right at the top of the sales charts. It’s undoubtedly the purest distillation of toughness and versatility you’ll ever find in pick-up and, best of all, it’s rooted in the guiding principles of Toyota’s QDR (Quality, Durability and Reliability).”
To celebrate 45 years of ‘bundu bashing’ excellence, Toyota South Africa Motors introduced the aptly named Legend 45. Applied to all Raider (high spec) models, this value-for-money, special edition 45 package is available in 4×2 Raised Body and 4×4 formats and across all variants – Single Cab, Xtra Cab and Double Cab. In total there are 13 different Legend 45 model variants.
DISTINGUISHING THE LEGEND 45
The Legend 45 gets the following exterior treatment:
New headlamp and front fog lamp design with black-out detail
Smoked tail light design
Stainless steel front nudge bar
Stainless steel rear step bumper
Matt black side steps
Exclusive Legend 45 badging for the nudge bar, side decals and tailgate
Colour-coded door handles with chrome finish mirrors
Multi-spoke 17-inch anthracite alloy wheels
Full range of exterior colours including Glacier White, Chromium Silver, Chilli Red, Pacific Blue Metallic, Graphite Grey, Attitude Black, Silky Gold and Dark Steel Mica
Tonneau cover and rear styling bar available as a cost option (Legend 45 Plus)
Inside the Legend 45 models are tastefully and liberally specced:
Full black interior for the cabin, including dashboard finish
Black leather with silver contrast stitching on the seats, door panels, steering wheel and shift lever boot (manual)
Reverse camera now added to Xtra Cab Legend 45 models as well as 2.5 D-4D and 2.7 VVTi Legend 45 models (standard on all other Double Cab Legend 45 models)
It is worth noting that in terms of kit, the Hilux is one of the most generously equipped pick-ups on the market, with all 3.0 D-4D and 4.0 V6 Double Cab models coming standard with a full suite of luxury and safety accoutrements ranging from automatic climate control, auto lights, multi-function steering wheel and display audio (with reverse camera) to six airbags and stability control.
The Legend 45′s purposeful appearance is matched by the power that drives it. This special anniversary model is available with choice of tried and tested Toyota powerplants, transmissions and drive types:
Legend 45 Single Cab
2.7 VVTi 4×2 Raised Body
3.0 D-4D 4×2 RB
3.0 D-4D 4×4
Legend 45 Xtra Cab
3.0 D-4D 4×2 RB
3.0 D-4D 4×4
Legend 45 Double Cab
2.5 D-4D 4×2 RB
2.7 VVTi 4×2 RB
3.0 D-4D 4×2 RB
3.0 D-4D 4×2 RB auto
3.0 D-4D 4×4
3.0 D-4D 4×4 auto
4.0 V6 4×2 RB auto
4.0V6 4×4 auto
2.5 D-4D: This 106kW diesel engine features variable nozzle turbo (VNT) technology. The turbine blade is infinitely adjustable, allowing for the blade angles to be optimised depending on engine load. The turbo is activated at very low rpm due to the fact that the blades are powered by an electric motor. Torque of 343Nm is the same as for the 3.0-litre unit, but comes in between 1 600rpm and 2 800rpm.
2.7 VVTi: Twin balancer shafts ensure smooth operation of this four-cylinder 16-valve petrol engine. It produces 118kW at 5 200rpm and maximum torque of 241Nm at 3 800rpm.
3.0 D-4D: Fuel delivery is controlled by an EDU (Electronic Driving Unit) that activates each injector at precisely the right time to inject a measured high pressure fuel charge drawn from the common fuel rail directly into each cylinder. This 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged and inter-cooled engine with a 16-valve DOHC configuration delivers 120kW of maximum power at 3 400rpm. Peak torque of 343Nm is delivered between 1 400rpm and 3 200rpm.
4.0 litre V6: Featuring a 24-valve DOHC configuration, this engine has a compact and lightweight design and makes use of an aluminium cylinder block. It produces 175kW at 5 200rpm and has a torque rating of 376Nm at 3 800rpm.