South Africa’s best-selling* vehicle, the all-conquering Toyota Hilux is now available in special-edition “Black” guise. Exclusive to the flagship 2.8 GD-6 double-cab range and available in a choice of three striking hues – Glacier White, Chromium Silver and Graphite Grey – this special edition comes with a host of designer touches, created to elevate the Black above its more subdued stable mates.
The history of Hilux has been punctuated by many special editions over the years (Dakar, Legend 35, -40 and -45, as well as Heritage) to underline its distinctive ability to combine exclusivity with mass-market appeal, while remaining true to its tough mandate. This still holds true for the all-new Hilux Raider Black.
At a glance, this new special edition comes with the following:
Gloss Black front grille
Gloss Black front bumper insert
Colour-coded door handles
18” dual, tri-spoke alloy wheels
Gloss Black roof
Black rear styling bar
Black tonneau cover
Black leather interior with silver stitching
Power-adjustable driver’s seat
Carbon fibre panel accents
While there’s a hint of ‘retro’ thanks to the distinctive anthracite roof and jet black accents, the cabin treatment and techno features are bang up-to-date. The contrast-stitched black leather interior and carbon fibre panels add premium flair to the cabin.
Some of the standard fare that appears on the Raider menu include full-colour touch screen with reverse camera, 4,2” TFT multi-information display screen, Bluetooth, cruise control, automatic climate control, steering wheel controls, electronic 4×4 switchgear (4×4 models), Hill Assist and Downhill Assist Control (the latter is on 4×4 models only), iMT (manual versions), autolights and a full suite of safety kit ranging from seven airbags to VSC and A-TRAC (4×4 models only), to name just a few of the highlights.
Just as a reminder, the 2755cc GD engine offers buyers a robust 130 kW and an effortless 420Nm of torque from 1600 to 2400 rpm in six-speed manual guise – six-speed automatic transmission versions will receive a boost to 450Nm over the same rpm span.
As with other Hilux models, the Hilux Raider Black comes with a 3-year/100 000km warranty and a 5-year/90 000km service plan. The best news is that there’s a very small premium (approx. R27 000) to pay over the regular models, for a lot more spec – making the Hilux Raider Black an excellent value proposition.