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At the business end of the vehicle, productivity hasn’t been compromised. With a maximum load width of 1,645mm and lengths of 2,315mm (single), 1,810mm (extended) and 1,525mm (double-cab), the Toyota Hilux has one of the largest load beds in its class, although it isn’t that deep at 480mm.
Payloads vary from between 1,250kg and 1,300kg on the single-cab, 1,185kg and 1,235kg on the extended-cab and 1,050kg and 1,115kg on the double-cab. Initially, only a 3.2t towing capacity will be offered although 3.5t homologated versions will be available from October 2016. A tough and durable load liner is provided along with four lashing points.
Right from its core, the new Hilux has been designed with safety in mind. The longer nose and stronger chassis combine to absorb the energy from impacts 15 percent better than that of its predecessor.
Toyota Safety Sense is standard from the Invincible grade (an optional extra on the Active and Icon), and consists of a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection function, lane departure alert and Road Sign Assist (which displays important signs on the screen such as speed limits), although cruise control is installed in place of the latter feature on Active grade models.
The pre-collision system works by observing the distance to vehicles in front and triggering visual and audible alerts to the driver if it determines that a collision is imminent. It also prepares the brakes to deliver extra stopping force and automatically applies them if the driver takes no action.
Cost of ownership isn’t a strong point of the Toyota Hilux as the 41.5mpg combined fuel economy is poor compared with the other recent launches like the Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi L200 and Nissan NP300 Navara.
Hilux pickups are also very expensive to buy. Single-cab base models start from £19,177 plus VAT, but extend up to £33,765 plus VAT for the Invincible X.
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The Toyota Hilux is famed for its reliability, and regularly features in the FN100 survey as one of the most reliable light commercials on the road. Operators recognise this, and it’s why the Hilux has one of the highest residual values in its class. It’s also backed by a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty, which has almost become an industry standard now.
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