Toyota South Africa has an established history of commemorating Hilux models with special edition offerings – usually branded Legend – but its latest version is an aggressive looking interation aptly called the Dakar in honour of the racing vehicles it produces.
The Dakar limited edition sports an all-new face, featuring a more prominent trapezoidal grille and ‘squared-off’ design. The central focal point is the large gloss-black-honeycomb grille, which incorporates two horizontal sections – creating an image of strength.
The inner grille area is bordered by a metallic grey surround with three-dimensional appearance, which blends into the LED headlamps. A matching gloss-black accent strip on the bonnet and stylised Dakar insignia attached to the grille, complete the design.
The lower bumper also features a large honeycomb mesh pattern, extending to the sides of the vehicle, creating a sense of width. The new bumper design additionally includes intersecting horizontal and vertical fog lamp garnishes decked out in matching gloss black. The fog lamps themselves utilise LED elements for superb illumination. A metallic grey ‘skid plate’ provides the finishing touch to the bold new front facia.
In addition, the exterior sports a number of distinctive touches such as gloss-black treatment for the door handles and power-retractable side mirrors. The rear bumper is fashioned in grey, to tie in with the front design.
The interior features all-black treatment, with a black roof headliner (versus light grey on normal Raider), metallic black trim accent panels (silver on Raider) and black leather upholstery with light grey contrast stitching (fabric on Raider) – creating a sporty, premium space for occupants.
The infotainment system is upgraded to include Satellite Navigation, whilst the standard Bluetooth, USB and CD/DVD playback functionality is retained. The touch-screen system also includes an on-board trip computer and customisable home screen.
Dakar models receive a different instrument cluster, using white-faced gauges with orange needle pointers and bespoke graphics, emulating a toothed gear (cog) – to distinguish the Dakar from its normal brethren.
The LCD multi-information display also features a bespoke start-up graphic showing off the Dakar model’s exterior façade.
All Dakar models are based on Raider models and use the 2.8 GD-6 powertrain or 4,0-litre V6 (double-cab only). The 2,8-litre, four cylinder turbo-diesel engine produces 130 kW and 420 Nm in manual transmission guise. Automatic transmission-equipped variants receive a boost to 450 Nm. The V6 variant delivers 175 kW and 376 Nm.
Both rear-wheel and switch-on-the-fly four-wheel drive transaxles are offered, each available in either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission configuration – creating a matrix of four 2.8 GD-6 variants.
The manual gearbox includes a selectable iMT function (intelligent Manual Transmission), which provides rev-matching downshift and hesitation-free upshift functionality. The iMT feature also helps prevent accidental stalling of the engine.
Buyers can choose between either Xtra – or Double Cab configurations.
|Hilux XC 2.8GD6 Raised Body Dakar MT||R 470 300|
|Hilux XC 2.8GD6 Raised Body Dakar AT||R 488 300|
|Hilux XC 2.8GD6 4X4 Dakar MT||R 535 600|
|Hilux XC 2.8GD6 4X4 Dakar AT||R 553 800|
|Hilux DC 2.8GD6 Raised Body Dakar MT||R 535 000|
|Hilux DC 2.8GD6 Raised Body Dakar AT||R 553 400|
|Hilux DC 2.8GD6 4X4 Dakar MT||R 601 100|
|Hilux DC 2.8GD6 4X4 Dakar AT||R 621 000|
|Hilux DC 4.0 V6 4X4 Dakar AT||R 662 700|
Toyota has increased the service plan period on 2.8 GD-6 models from 5-year/90 000 kilometres to 9 services/90 000 kilometres, whilst the 4.0 V6 model receives an increase to a 6 services/90 000 kilometre period (previously 5 years).
The Warranty period is 3-year/100 000 kilometres and applies across the Hilux range.