2008 Toyota TRD HiLux (AU) review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 28 February 2008 , 12:02:24 byAngela

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Toyota TRD HiLux (AU)

Toyota`s new TRD HiLux sports ute achieves better fuel economy while significantly improving performance compared with the standard vehicle.

TRD chief engineer Stephen Castles said the supercharged TRD HiLux uses a fraction less fuel than the naturally aspirated engine in the HiLux SR5 double cab.

"TRD HiLux is more fuel-efficient while power increases more than 25 per cent and torque by almost 20 per cent," Mr Castles said.

"The standard HiLux 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine produces maximum torque of 376Nm at 3800rpm, which makes it a terrific workhorse," he said.

"Our TRD engineers focused on excellent low to mid-range torque to give TRD HiLux even more pulling power.

"In fact, from just above idle right through to around 5700rpm, the TRD HiLux generates more torque than the standard vehicle`s maximum.

"As a result, we have achieved a 0-100km/h acceleration time in the low seven-second range."

Mr Castles said the supercharged engine is Euro IV-compliant.

He said the Eaton M90 supercharger and intercooler were developed jointly by TRD, Toyota Motor Sales (US) and Magnuson Products Inc.

TRD HiLux has undergone extensive testing, including hot-weather hill-climbs and towing in central Australia, high-speed and load tests at Phillip Island and Winton raceways, plus cold-weather tests at Mt Hotham.

"TRD HiLux will have improved grip under all conditions, with sharper steering and handling," Mr Castles said.

"Bigger brakes result in shorter stopping distances and greater resistance to fade.

"Overall, drivers will notice a flatter, more controlled body motion with enhanced ride comfort that is more in keeping with an SUV than a truck.

"We are also proud of the fact that the TRD enhancements have improved the renowned off-road capabilities of the HiLux," he said.

TRD HiLux, which features 17-inch alloy wheels, is being officially unveiled at the Melbourne International Motor Show from 29 February ahead of its April launch.