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Can the flagship of Toyota's big new HiLux range match the hype that surrounds it?

13 Apr 2006

IT'S virtually impossible to ignore the fact here's a new Toyota HiLux on Australian roads. Looking a little awkward with bulbous cab shapes, tiny wheel arches and seemingly even tinier wheels, the new Toyota workhorse looks lost somewhere between workhorse practicality and Yaris-style body contortions. But it's a lot bigger, the new Toyota, particularly in double-cab 4WD form where it appears to approaching Ford's massive F150 even if in reality it's nowhere close. The new HiLux, as you would expect, does everything better than the previous model - a point noticeable in the double-cab where it now presents sedan car-like passenger space, yet still gains extra load capacity. In top-of-the-range, turbo-diesel 4WD SR5 form, it's a powerful, yet economical beast that inspires nothing but respect.
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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