Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) Introduces Enhanced Hilux Raider with Innovative 48V Technology and Toyota-Approved Accessories

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has unveiled an impressive lineup of updates for the Hilux Raider, including the introduction of cutting-edge 48V technology on selected models and a range of new Toyota-approved accessories. These enhancements mark a significant leap forward in performance, efficiency, and customization options for Toyota enthusiasts.

Innovative 48V Technology

A highlight of the updated Hilux Raider is the incorporation of advanced 48V technology, previously showcased in a Toyota Hilux Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) during a successful demo run at a World Rally Championship event in Kenya. Now available exclusively in select Hilux and Fortuner models, the 48V system enhances both fuel economy and powertrain performance. Key benefits include:

Power Boost: Adds 12kW of additional power.

Torque Boost: Enhances torque by 65Nm.

Fuel Efficiency: Reduces fuel consumption by approximately 10% compared to standard 2.8-litre engines.

This technology integrates seamlessly with the reliable 2.8-litre GD-6 turbo-diesel engine and six-speed automatic transmission, elevating off-road capabilities and delivering smoother performance across various terrains.

Refreshed Hilux Raider Design

The updated Hilux Raider boasts a striking new design language, with all Raider grades featuring a refreshed front-end. Changes include a redesigned front bumper, honeycomb mesh grille, and new fog lamp bezels. Black side mirrors and door handles (on 2.8 models), along with updated rear bumper and tailgate handle designs, provide a distinctive departure from traditional chrome accents.

Inside, enhancements vary by model, with the 2.4 model gaining retractable mirrors and the 2.8 model featuring leather seats and 8-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat. The Raider 48V edition adds further conveniences such as jam protection, auto up/down windows on all sides, push start, smart entry, and Multi-Terrain Select.

Toyota-Approved Lifestyle Accessories

Customers can now personalize their Hilux Raider with a comprehensive range of Toyota-approved lifestyle accessories. These include roof racks, cross bars, rooftop tents, roof boxes, bike carriers, fridges, recovery boards, solar panels, and more. Partnering with renowned suppliers like Ironman 4×4, 4×4 Megaworld, Front Runner, IVXIVBUSHINDABA, and Thule ensures quality and compatibility across Toyota’s dealer network in South Africa and neighboring countries.

Connected Services and MyToyota

All Toyota owners can enhance their ownership experience with MyToyota, a personalized platform offering convenient access to vehicle information and services. New Toyota vehicles also come equipped with in-car WiFi capabilities and optional Connect services, providing additional connectivity and convenience on the go.

Pricing and Availability

The refreshed Hilux Raider lineup is competitively priced, with the 48V technology available for a modest premium over standard models. This pricing strategy ensures exceptional value, making the Hilux Raider an attractive choice for both commercial users and adventure-seeking customers alike.


With its blend of innovative technology, refreshed design elements, and customizable accessories, the enhanced Hilux Raider reaffirms its position as a top contender in the South African market. Glenn Compton, Vice President of Marketing at TSAM, underscores these updates as enhancements that cater to diverse customer needs, solidifying Toyota’s commitment to performance, style, and sustainability.