Toyota Hilux Legend 50 review
Hilux turns 50
To mark 50 years of Hilux, Toyota has launched the Legend 50, which replaced the Raider as the top-spec models in the Hilux stable. As such there are 13 different Legend models, spanning the single-cabs, Xtra cabs and double cabs.
We have come to expect ‘Legend’ models every five years, since they were introduced in 2004 with the Legend 35. These are limited editions, in that the Raider will return in time.
But for now, the Legend 50 is available, and it is a great upgrade to the Hilux. The majority of the changes are to the exterior of the vehicles: The front upper and lower grille has received the full black-out treatment (in gloss finish), with matching stylised fog-lamp surrounds. A stylish silver accent line frames the vertical fog-lamp garnish with a matching silver lower bumper guard. Legend 50 badging, offset to the left, rounds off the front façade, complemented by the LED headlamps incorporating Daytime Running Lights (DRL).
The side profile is enhanced by black side protective mouldings (X/C and D/C), chrome exterior mirrors and door handles as well as black side steps. A customised rear styling bar with matching Legend 50 badging and a textured, heavy-duty tonneau cover add rugged appeal. Sleek satin-silver roof rails (X/C and D/C) elevate Legend 50’s presence.
In the rear, a black rear bumper, smoked taillamps and tailgate badging, complete the visual package. A low-profile towbar is fitted as standard – enhancing utility.
The wheel and tyre package consist of Legend 50-specific two-tone 18” alloy wheels shod with 265-60-R18 all-terrain tyres.
The interior receives black leather seat trim with blue stitching for a more premium feel, while the chrome touches on the exterior are mirrored by a strip across the dashboard. A 4.2-inch TFT screen behind the steering wheel shares trip information with the driver, while the white dials have orange needles.
Also upgraded is the infotainment system, which now has an 8-inch display that is flush mounted. A nice touch, which shows that Toyota listens to customer feedback, is that the volume rotary dial is back, for better ease of use.
Legend models come with a full suite of active and passive safety features – including driver, passenger, knee and curtain airbags (body-type dependent). ABS, VSC, EBD, Brake Assist and Hill-assist Control round off the electronic safety aids.
Engine wise there are two options in the Legend 50 range: the immensely popular and respected 2.8 GD-6 turbodiesel that produces 130kW of power and 420Nm of torque (450Nm on the automatics), and a solitary 4-litre V6 model at the pinnacle of the range. Both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions are available, as well as 4x2 and 4x4 models.
The Hilux Legend 50 line-up starts at476 700for a single cab and goes up to R719 200for the 4.0 V6 model. All Hilux models come with a 3-year/100 000 km warranty. A 9-services/90 000 km service plan is standard across the range.