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2007 Toyota Hilux

The Toyota Hilux offers performance, both on and off-road. And the new and improved specification enhance pleasure so the latest generation offers even higher of comfort and refinement. The changes help Hilux to become one of the top pick-ups across Europe strong customer appeal in the leisure and utility vehicle

Kaoru Hosokawa, Executive Engineer for Hilux says: Hilux stands for quality, and reliability. In the latest model we to build on other attributes were first introduced in such as SUV-like driving a new engine line-up, a more look and enhanced interior

The new engines include a high high torque 3.0-litre diesel which will the Hilux a balance of on-road aligned with off-road and help it compete in the growing pick-up segment of the market. The introduction of this 171 DIN hp unit, on the Toyota Land Cruiser engine, will give the market-leading power to weight and outstanding performance driving

At the same time the current D-4D diesel engine has upgraded to develop 120 DIN hp, a seventeen per increase on the current unit, and a torque of 325 Nm. This new 2.5-litre will replace the current 102 DIN hp to offer customers a single, responsive power unit, for both leisure and utility

Both new .0 and .5 litre engines with stringent Euro IV regulations and the new line-up offers customers an excellent balance of pleasure, low fuel consumption and low

Starting in Q4 006, the 2007 is available with a choice of a four speed automatic is now on the 3.0-litre D-4D models the five-speed manual across the The new hi-tech automatic gearbox ‘Artificial Intelligence’ shift to respond to driving conditions and

Product evolution and enhancements

At the time as the increased performance, the of Hilux is further enhanced a series of styling changes and improvements. These evolutionary to an already highly successful establish a more premium for Hilux in the leisure and adventure

The 2007 Toyota Hilux gets a more rugged with the addition of an air scoop on the to increase air-flow for the intercooler and fog lamps on SR grade models and A more hi-tech interior is created with new, meters exclusively for the 3.0-litre model, which also a multi-information display and shift indicator (automatic transmission

This premium positioning is emphasised by the launch of a new flagship the SR-X, in selected markets. only with the 3.0-litre the Hilux SR-X will to customers wanting to maximise the leisure status of their with features such as leather interior trim, DVD-based navigation, unique wheels and chrome side There will also be customer choice in the range the introduction of an Extra Cab model for hand drive markets in configuration.

Worldwide sales

The current Toyota Hilux, in Europe in late 2005, is the generation of Toyota’s second selling model worldwide and its selling off-roader. Indeed, than million units been built since the was first introduced in Japan in 67.

On a scale, the new Hilux was the best in South Africa, Australia, Brazil and Argentina in 2005, it was also the best selling vehicle in three European (Denmark, Finland and Norway). By the end of in 006, the Hilux reached a production of 6 ,6 7 units.

The Hilux is one of three vehicles developed under Toyota’s IMV International Multipurpose Vehicle) IMV products are truly global designed to sell in more 40 countries and to meet modern demand for high levels of durability and comfort. Five within the Toyota global network (Thailand, South Argentina, Indonesia and India) are with full vehicle in excess of 650,000 units per by

the end of 006, with Toyota Africa Motors (TSAM), the plant in Durban, supplying Double Cab and Single Cab to the European

The final 2006 volume for South African manufacture was for IMV vehicles but the success of the IMV platform its introduction has led to an increase in global volume forecasts by Toyota. On a basis, demand has been supply and consequently, in 006, due to supply restriction, Toyota has its sales in Europe to 22,000 Recently increased production to 120,000 units a year at in 2007 now means the European target will rise to units.

“For over 5 Hilux has built a legendary as a tough, reliable workhorse,” Andrea Formica, Senior President Sales, Marketing Toyota Motor Marketing “Today, Hilux is much Its unstoppable ability comes more refinement, more and more power making it the leisure and adventure vehicle. The Hilux will become an stronger volume and image to our continued SUV-leadership position in

Powerful new diesel engines

The new diesel engine range in the 007 Hilux, and the option of automatic on the new 3.0 D-4D engine, offers a broad choice of powertrain to their work and leisure The new engines are refined and quiet, high torque output for power both on- and off-road. deliver smooth power the rev range and, thanks to efficiency turbochargers, balance increased power output low fuel consumption and reduced

Both engines comply Euro IV emissions and have integrated into the Hilux to enhance driving pleasure, in the growing leisure pick-up

Outstanding performance: 3.0 D-4D

The new D-4D in the 007 Hilux is the latest of the renowned diesel engine also appears in the flagship Land Cruiser. It features common-rail technology, variable turbocharger and a swirl control for maximum efficiency.

Equipped this hi-tech advanced the Toyota Hilux is the ultimate and adventure vehicle with off-road capability while delivering refined on-road pleasure with low levels of vibration and harshness.

In its latest the 3.0 D-4D ( KD-FTV engine) 171 DIN hp (126kW) of power at 3600 rpm and has a torque output of 343 Nm right the engine range from to 3400 rpm. This gives the 007 Toyota Hilux at top of 170 km/h (M/T) while excellent fuel economy of 8.3 l/ (M/T) on the combined ECE-cycle.

The engine is a technically advanced block unit with an alloy cylinder head and valves per cylinder. Two separate ports of different shapes promote fuel mix and optimise

The five journals crankshaft has balancing weights and there are two balancing shafts to reduce vibration, contributing to the excellent pleasure. The engine mounts, and rear, have been to reduce vibration transmission to the and enhance ride comfort.

The second-generation, common rail develops a high injection allowing the use of injector nozzles smaller diameter holes to a more homogenous air-fuel improving the efficiency of the combustion This translates into performance with lower and lower fuel consumption.

a wide range of engine (800- 3000 rpm) the system performs a double injection per cycle (prior to the injection), distributing the most amount of fuel with distinct injections each. reduces the combustion noise and vibration, from this performance diesel.

One key to the impressive and torque output of the 3.0-litre is the sophisticated, variable vane, which balances exhaust pressure and boost pressure on the precise demands of the engine. uses an electric DC (direct motor to activate the variable vane mechanism, instead of the step motor. The result is response from the turbocharger, at lower speeds and higher of vane activation.

The engine benefits from a Swirl System. Each cylinder is with air/exhaust gas mixture two different independent ducts. valves operated by the Swirl System can shut off one of these according to the engine speed and increasing the mixture’s swirl

Further improvements to the emissions particularly at cold start, are by fitting an Exhaust Gas Recirculation cooler with integrated and a switching valve to optimise EGR gas

At low engine speeds this improves the air-fuel mixture, further increasing torque at low speeds along with emissions. The new 3.0 D-4D engine be exclusively available for the 4×4 Cab body style in SR

grade and

Power boosted: 2.5 D-4D

power, reduced emissions and noise levels are key enhancements to the D-4D engine that at the heart of the Toyota Hilux and have made it a best-seller The power-boosted .5 D-4D, with torque output, will the 2007 Hilux more and more driving pleasure.

engine power of the 2.5 D-4D has increased by seventeen per cent to 120 DIN hp at 3,600 rpm with the introduction of a performance turbo-intercooler and other As a result top speed is now 165 km/h (4x transmission) and 155 km/h for 4×4

At the same time the torque from this engine is now at 325 Nm. output is above 300 Nm from rpm to 2600 rpm, giving the D-4D Hilux a very balance between excellent pleasure and low fuel consumption in world driving conditions. On the cycle, the 2007 Hilux D-4D will deliver 7.4 l/ 100 km to 8.3 l/ 100km, depending on the model.

The performance, lightweight intercooler is above the engine for maximum It not only increases power but offers enhanced emissions Low speed torque is boosted by the of a two-stage swirl control similar to the 3.0 D-4D, in the intake which improves the swirl at low intake pressures.

Just as the 3.0-litre engine, additional to the emissions performance are achieved by an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) with integrated bypass and a valve to optimise EGR gas temperature.

changes, and optimisation of the oxidation converter, ensure that the D-4D is now fully compliant Euro IV emissions standards. The D-4D Hilux also customers excellent refinement and low levels, thanks to a series of to reduce noise and vibration. As the .0-litre D-4D, improvements to the process allow the compression to be reduced to 17.4:1, giving performance and reduced noise.

A large engine cover the appearance and cuts radiated while urethane foam is effectively used in selected to reduce noise. The .5-litre engine remains at the core of the Hilux range and will to be available in 4×4 and 4×4 (depending on national markets) and in Sin gle Extra Cab and Double Cab body The engine is available with a manual transmission. Sales of the powerful .5 litre D-4D during the fourth quarter of 006 and be phased, depending on body

Choice of smooth transmissions

speed automatic

This automatic transmission in the 2007 was originally developed for the current Cruiser range and offers flagship features. It is an electronic transmission with Artificial (AI) meaning that it can the gear shift pattern to driving conditions such as input or road conditions.

The will also respond to terrain, such as steep or downhill sections by holding to ensure optimum vehicle The onboard computer can also any minor malfunctions in the automatic and record these for future analysis during routine Super-smooth, gear changes are by computerised engine torque which momentarily reduces speed during gearshifts to torque peaks. The transmission is by a cable-type shift operator and the shift lever adds to the image of the Hilux with changes through the gear

Five speed manual

The speed manual gearbox refined driving performance, on and off-road, with smooth changes and excellent fuel The transmission is particularly tuned for climbing and descending where it outstanding control over braking and vehicle speed. The is especially smooth at tick-over speed’) which makes in st gear on engine idle a experience without the need for a foot on the accelerator. It is nearly to stall the vehicle.

Improvements to the which were already in the 2005 model, have in a transmission which is smoother and to use, leading to a better change feel. A total of 4 were refined to reduce decrease forces and increase for maximum comfort.

In particular, a synchromesh cone has been on both first and second and the addition of a synchoniser on reverse avoids all grating noise engaging reverse. At the same it prevents mis-shifts in many

Legendary off-road performance

performance is a key feature of the 2007 Hilux. With its wide of applications, from family vehicle to tough, off-road the Hilux needs to satisfy a range of demands from customers.

But, underneath modern concept, the Hilux the rugged quality features have made it a legendary around the world including remarkable off-road performance. The is built on a traditional ladder chassis which is 45% stiffer the previous generation model. The designed TOP platform (Toyota Top features strengthened cross-member for increased frame rigidity, to the all-round robustness which has become famous for. not only allows the vehicle to genuine off-road capability and durability in some of the harshest around the world, but also better noise and vibration between the passenger compartment and the reducing NVH and improving ride The chassis side rail stiffness has been increased by 75% an additional 20 mm of height and 30 mm of width.

The independent front suspension and rear leaf springs been designed to operate in the terrain, while still comfortable ride and great control when on-road.

But it is the powerful new 3.0 D-4D and the upgraded 2.5 engines that allow the Hilux to most clearly its off-road capabilities. With high torque output a wide engine speed the Hilux lets the driver optimum performance at any speed, any terrain.

Both the 3.0- and D-4D manual transmission are smooth at tick-over (‘walking which makes driving in st on engine idle a smooth and experience. This allows descents in rugged terrain to be without losing control of the while the superior control and torque output means can equally climb steep on engine idle only.

The clearance of 4×4 Hilux is excellent (212 mm) and it has large and departure angles (up to 30 and 26, respectively) it to easily tackle steep The ramp breakover angle is 25. The new offers increased load up by 25% over the previous generation Cab model. The towing ability has a brake towing capacity of kg for both the 2,5 litre and 3,0 litre

Superior traction control

The Toyota Hilux uses yet refined technologies to develop control in extreme off-road and conditions. These technologies more effective and more solutions to control and extract the from difficult terrain other, often electronic,

Hilux 4×4 system the driver to shift out of four drive (from H4 to H ) with no restriction and into four drive (from H to H4) at speeds up to For really tough offroad the synchronised shift mechanism to shift from H4 to L4 (or vice-versa) stopping the vehicle at speeds eight km/h.

The Hilux a central drive unit a silent chain for the front torque delivery, including a gear set (reduction ratio The planetary gear drive (H2 rotates in one piece whilst in (L4) the torque flows the pinion gears and the planetary carrier.

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With the SR and SR-X grades comes Toyota’s Automatic Disconnecting Differential as a standard feature. This engages or dis-engages the front drivetrain with the shift four to two wheel drive. As ADD contributes to a better fuel and lower noise levels in WD conditions. The ADD shift actuator is outside the Hilux front

Hilux comes fitted a Limited Slip Differential at the rear axle designed to traction off-road and even wheel spin when on-road. The LSD is standard equipment in the axle in selected markets to torque away from a rear wheel and provide possible traction. The LSD automatically the necessary balance of torque the left and right rear and gives torque to the one wheel the higher traction. This the Hilux to driving more and steadily during cornering and extremely rough ground, in the slippery conditions.

Also available on selected is an optional rear Differential for tougher off-road use. The Lock employs via electrical an axle mounted motor to lock the rear axle This prevents transfer left and right rear enabling traction and control to be even if one rear wheel in the air. The Differential Lock is for more experienced off-road and is activated manually by pressing a on the dash board.

Advanced design

The suspension of the Toyota has been designed to offer handling performance both on and while still delivering ride and excellent straight stability. The independent front with coil springs and wishbones enables the Hilux to excellent bump absorption maintaining excellent steering and ride comfort. The suspension a low-mount upper arm on 4×4 and a high-mount upper arm on the 4×4

The front suspension geometry is for straight line stability increased caster angle and a kingpin offset for good stability. Suspension bushes are in order to withstand bending In order to improve the roll and reduce body roll the shock absorber damping has increased and the anti-roll bar is connected to the suspension arm using ball for greater rigidity. Coil are fabricated from stiffer, tensile steel to reduce the weight.

At the rear, a conventional yet precise, leaf-spring suspension, its typical spring rating, is to avoid intrusion in to the cargo and to provide a flat ride, when the Hilux is running light or no load. The suspension have been optimised for all conditions.

In order to achieve stability and steering feel the Hilux uses power rack and pinion steering increased steering frame for improved torsional stiffness. means the Hilux can be stable and for highway driving while allowing strength and good absorption off-road.

The steering is for transmitting very few vibrations in conditions, yet still being positive and direct with feedback on-road. The new Hilux is agile than the previous model with a very turning radius of just 5.9 m for the 4x and 6.1 m for the 4×4.

Toyota IMV: a global project


The current Toyota Hilux is one of three developed on a global basis Toyota’s innovative International Vehicle project (IMV). The IMV line-up consists of three of the Hilux pick-up, a mini-van Innova, and a Sports Utility named Fortuner. The last two are available outside of Europe.

IMV project has, as its core an optimised global production and system for a range of pick-ups and vehicles. IMV products are designed to in more than 40 countries and to modern customer demand for levels of quality, durability and

The IMV project represents an unprecedented approach under a “Made by banner. This new manufacturing draws on the resources and potential in the Toyota global network of Japan for the supply of fully up vehicles and components. The vision for the IMV was to have the vehicle perform as well on paved and unpaved to be affordable and at the same time to unmatched satisfaction in terms of styling, handling, safety, economy and environmentally-friendliness. Kaoru IMV Executive Chief Engineer, “We wanted to create a of vehicles with quality, and reliability that is more suitable for the most demanding markets and, at the same to minimise locally specific This gives us economies of based on volume production but we are able to adjust some such as ride comfort and to suit local markets.”

The sales success of the new Toyota which accounts for 66% (FY 2005) of IMV is on a global scale testament to of the IMV project. In 2005 the Hilux was the seller in South Africa, Thailand, Brazil and Argentina and the best selling pick-up in European countries: Denmark, and Norway.”

Five countries the Toyota global manufacturing — Thailand, Indonesia, India and South Africa are charged with full production in excess of 650,000 per year by the end of 006. In addition to global IMV manufacturing bases, other countries world-wide are with the manufacture of components for the IMV and

production for local markets.

of quality

The IMV concept not only the global economy but it has practical and durability benefits too. vehicles produced in some of the demanding off-road markets in the there is rapid feedback customers and Toyota engineers to improve vehicle quality. Any problems which arise in the market are very rapidly fed to the production line.

IMV means is no longer a ‘master vehicle’ in Japan, but Toyota production has been maintained through a of measures. Kaoru Hosokawa, IMV Chief Engineer, explains: the development phase we performed engineering activity involving purchasing and even working suppliers to discuss what were available locally and how to adapt local production We had to adapt the production technology to the common denominator that allow us to achieve the high expectations in all manufacturing countries.

we have promoted an active with Toyota’s local and marketing representatives to determine specifications best suit market. At the stage prior to our engineers and local distributors teams to visit suppliers and to them achieve Toyota I am quite sure they a level of quality equivalent to

manufactured at a Toyota plant in

Under the key words ‘Global the latest generation Toyota reflects the recent trends in the pick-up market. The 2007 answers the needs of world with enhanced performance, technology for off-road driving and quality interior for refinement and

Pricing and options

Hilux (UK pricing)

HL2 Single Cab 120 DIN hp £11,495.00

HL2 Cab 120 DIN hp £13,595.00

HL2 Extra Cab 120 DIN hp £14,195.00

HL2 Cab 120 DIN hp £14,895.00

HL3 Double Cab 120 DIN hp £15,595.00

HL3 Cab 171 DIN hp £16,195.00

Invincible 171 DIN hp £18,195.00

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