|2002 Hilux Review
Toyota Hilux, from R109 480 to R30 3410
The sixth-generation Toyota Hilux, launched in 1998, has experienced a mid-life facelift. Mechanically the bakkie
remains largely unchanged, but the styling, particularly at the front end, has been substantially updated to give it a more
modern, aggressive look. New fenders, bonnet, grille, valance and bumpers are fitted to all models, while the
upmarket Raider models also offer new headlamps, indicators and a fresh striping package.
4x4 Raider versions have new 15" alloy wheels, and the 2700i petrol and 3,0 KZ-TE diesel 4x4 Raiders have
electrically powered side mirrors in chrome. All models, except the baseline two-litre short-wheelbase workhorse,
offer new instrumentation clusters, and the range-topping 3,0 KZ-TE 4x4 double-cab Raider boasts dual front air
bags to match its 2700i double-cab 4x4 Raider petrol-engined stablemate.
As before, the model line-up consists of 16 variants ? short- and long-wheelbase, single- or double-cab, petrol
engines in two-litre and 2,7-litre options, and normally aspirated 2,4-litre and three-litre diesels, as well as the
excellent three-litre KZ-TE turbodiesel unit.
Four-wheel drive and 4x2 raised-body versions of the larger-engined bakkies suit those who need to use their
vehicles in the rough stuff, while the workhorse two-litre petrol and 2400D single-cab keep the formula simple for
straightforward commercial use.
The petrol 2700i 4x4 double-cab has been dropped, but for those who want a really rugged workhorse for short
hauls the newly instituted normally-aspirated 3,0 DE 4x4 double-cab will probably be a better deal at R250130. With
72kW on tap at 4200rpm, and 192Nm available from 2400rpm it should be more than adequate for the job in hand,
while offering the ruggedness and fuel economy for which its lowly stressed 5L-E Toyota diesel engine is renowned.
Pricing of the Toyota Hilux models starts at R109 480 for the SWB 2000, and peaks at R303 410 for the Hilux 3,0
KZ-TE 4x4 Raider. All models come with an unlimited mileage warranty, roadside assistance and a three-year rust