Motoring News 16.4.2014 07:00 am

Hilux toasts iconic status

Toyota once again pays homage to the Hilux’s towering achievement in the world’s toughest race – the Dakar Rally – by producing another limited-edition Dakar model.

In Toyota dealerships right now, this celebratory Hilux is available across three engine ranges, all body styles including Single Cab, Extra Cab and Double Cab, and comes with a plethora of exterior and interior upgrades.

There’s a healthy dose of rugged appeal in the form of a nudge bar up front accompanied by a styling (roll-over) bar, matching side steps and a rear step-up bumper – all crafted from polished stainless steel oval tubing.

Smokey grey 17-inch alloys replace the normal metal-finish wheels and, as a finishing touch, all Dakar Editions come standard with a matt black tonneau cover as well as colour-coded (as opposed to chrome finish) mirror covers and door handles.

A rear-view camera linked to the display infotainment centre is now standard equipment on all 3.0- and 4.0-litre Double Cab models.

As you’d expect, there are plenty of reminders of the Hilux’s illustrious pedigree courtesy of tastefully re-designed Dakar badging adorning the nudge bar, styling bar, side steps and tailgate of the vehicle.

Move indoors and you’re greeted by a leather-clad cabin featuring black leather with dramatic red stitching.

In terms of kit, the Hilux is already generously endowed.

Talking about the incredible lineage of this model, Kerry Roodt, General Manager of Marketing Communications for Toyota South Africa Motors says: “Since its inception the Hilux has been pivotal to the success of the brand and has now become an icon in its own right.

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