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Gen VII HiLux brings more performance, space, safety and refinement

24 Mar 2005

TOYOTA’S seventh-generation HiLux ute has landed in Australia and what a revelation it is. Bigger, more refined, safer, better value and equipped with stonking new 2.7-litre four-cylinder, 4.0-litre V6 and 3.0-litre turbo-diesel power, it also brings the option of a five-speed auto to go with its proven 4x4 drivetrain and single-cab, Xtra-cab and double-cab body styles. No fewer than 30 variant choices makes the latest HiLux a worthy replacement for a range that has served Aussie tradies and those on the land for more than three decades. Holden’s impressive Rodeo made serious inroads to HiLux’s market dominance last year – and combined with Commodore-based utes to clinch light commercial vehicle leadership for the first time – but the formidable and sporty new HiLux should easily maintain the Japanese ute’s status as the world’s most popular one-tonner.

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Model release date: 1 April 2005 to 1 October 2010

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Toyota HiLux utility

Released: November 1997
Ended: March 2005
Family Tree: Hilux

Launched in Australia in November 1997, the sixth-generation HiLux was available in a plethora of bodystyles, plus two and four-wheel drive options and obligatory four-cylinder, V6 and turbo-diesel motivation. Facelifted with a new grille in November 2001, the range was last sold with a 108kW/235Nm 2.7-litre DOHC petrol four and a 124kW/291Nm 3.4-litre DOHC V6. Two diesels were offered: a naturally-aspirated 71kW/200Nm 2.986-litre SOHC/eight-valver plus a turbocharged 85kW/315Nm version. Five-speed manual and four-speed autos were available, the latter restricted to 4x2 models.

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