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When we were approched by WESSA (Wilfdlife and Environmental Society of South Africa – one of SA’s oldest NGO’s) to make a short video on the flamingo colony outside of Kimberley – the town of the ‘Big Hole’ – we thought it a great opportunity to test the grit of Toyota’s new addition to their Raider Range – the Hilux Legend 50. 

Kampers Dam, is one of four breeding grounds in the world (all of which are in Africa) and home to over 80 000 Flamingos in the Summer months. The pink birds breed and raise their young before they fly North again during the Winter months and returm in the Spring. Last year disaster struck when the flamingos made headline news when the Northern Cape drought left thousands of baby Flamingos stranded after parents abandoned their young over low water levels in the dam. Thanks to an amazing team of care-givers and environmentalists the baby Flamingos were saved, nurtured back to health, re-united with their families and reintegrated to their colony.   

The Hilux Legend 50   

First launched in 1969, the New Hilux Legend 50 series marks 50 years of pedigree bakkie production. The popularity of the Toyota Hilux is evident whilst road tripping through small town SA, where their visiblility is testament to the company’s 40-year record of being the best selling vehicle year on year. This is due to the brand’s tried and tested reliability and rugged durability. The new Hilux offers more than their ‘Tougherer’ slogan – we think they offer an “indestructable” option. This is why they are the favourites and why there is such an extensive Hilux range to meet your needs. 

Model line-up  

The Legend 50 package has been applied to 100% of Raider models across all three body shapes (Single-, Xtra- and Double Cab). All S/C and X/C Legend 50 models are powered by the formidable 2.8 GD-6 engine delivering 130 kW and 420Nm (450Nm on Auto variants). These can be paired with both 4×2 (Raised Body) or 4×4 drivetrains.  

Double Cab Legend 50 models are available with either the 2.8 GD-6 or 4.0 V6 (exclusively 4×4 auto) powertrain, whilst the diesels can be had in either 4×2 or 4×4 configuration.  

Seamless transmission and engine coupling can be expected from this 2.8-litre engine derivative, it’s the perfect balance between power to weight and more than enough for any prospective bakkie buyer. More great features for the Legend 50 include keyless entry with push-start ignition button for the Xtra-Cab and Double Cab models. 

What sets your Hilux Legend 50 apart is the large blacked-out high gloss grille with matching stylised fog-lamps. Mandatory Legend 50 badging around the vehicle is complemented by the LED headlamps incorporating daytime running lights (DRL).  

Long black side protective mouldings (X/C and D/C), chrome exterior mirrors and door handles as well as black side steps follow through the side profile theme. A customised rear styling bar with matching Legend 50 badging and a textured, heavy-duty tonneau cover and sleek satin-silver roof rails (X/C and D/C) add to the appeal. In the rear, a black rear bumper, smoked taillamps, tailgate badging and a low-profile towbar is fitted (as standard) – adds to the Legend exclusivity.  The wheel and tyre package consists of Legend 50-specific two-tone 18” alloy wheels shod with 265-60-R18 all-terrain tyres.  

Inviting interior  

The interior space sees the seats clad in black leather trim (on X/C and D/C) with blue perforation and stitching creating that premium feel. A stylish soft feel dash with high gloss-black panel trim and chrome strip accentuate it’s shape dominated by a large user-friendly 8-inch infotainment touchscreen. Offering a host of information the Legend software syncs seamlesslessly to your phone and music apps with the larger screen also helping to get you out of those tight spots when enaging the reverse camera.  

The instrument cluster features stylish white-faced dials with orange needles and a cog-shaped motif. A 4.2 inch TFT Multi-information Display with steering wheel control, relays a variety of information to the driver (including audio, compass, navigation prompts, trip info and fuel consumption).  

An interesting part of our trip was the consumption figures that Legend 50 offered up. We found cruising along in the Eco-Mode option (as you have a choice between Power and Eco mode options/buttons) that we managed to get a combined consumption of between             8-9 litres per 100km, which is incredibly good for a bakkie. Fuel sipping is light thanks to the low RPM sitting in sixth gear, made easier along the highway with the cruise control.   

This blend of first-class comfort combined with practicality, limitless offroading capabilities and reliabiity is undoubtedly why the Hilux leads in the sales figures. If you are interested the new Legend 50 Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4×4 will cost you around R664 400.   

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