Toyota’s new Hilux and Fortuner 48V introduces electrification to the legendary pick-up and SUV range for the first time to deliver greater efficiency, improved driving performance and enhanced comfort in both urban and off-road environments.

The Hilux has become renowned for its Quality, Durability and Reliability (QDR) since its launch in Japan in 1968, becoming one of Toyota’s most recognisable workhorse vehicles and an iconic dual use vehicle, at home, around town and in its element on the world’s toughest terrains.

On the other hand, the Fortuner still commands the largest slice of the medium SUV segment in South Africa, clocking in average sales of more 800 units per month with a market share of 40%. Fortuner’s highest market share was recorded in 2020 with a staggering 57%.

By adding a hybrid 48V system to the Hilux and Fortuner, Toyota strengthens its inclusive multi-technology pathway approach to carbon neutrality.

Toyota believes that all customers need a variety of affordable and practical options, including for commercial and off-road vehicles.

Featuring the familiar iconic Hilux (exclusively available in Double Cab format) and Fortuner look, the 48V makes a forceful and compelling impression in the bakkie and SUV segments respectively.

NEW 48V TECHNOLOGY

The powerful 2.8 litre diesel engine has been strengthened by the addition of a hybrid 48V system specifically designed for the unique demands of Toyota’s dual use pick-up and SUV lifestyles.

The engine drives a compact motor generator using a belt system, which in turn charges the new 48V lithium battery, which is small enough to be installed under the rear seats to minimise impact on cabin space and weighs just 7.6 kg. This 48V battery also supplies the vehicle’s 12V system through a new DC/DC converter.

Like Toyota’s full hybrid electric systems, the new battery is charged during deceleration, efficiently regenerating braking energy which would otherwise be lost, whilst also adding additional braking performance. Once charged, the battery sends up to 12kW of power and 65Nm of torque through the motor generator to the engine to enhance acceleration, power and efficiency.

The robust motor generator is compact and has been designed to withstand the harsher working environments experienced by commercial vehicles, while the engine has been modified to adapt to the hybrid system. A new two-arm belt tensioner and stronger belt material contribute to the improved drivability and a quieter ride, whilst retaining the vehicle’s famous durability.

Combining with the motor generator is the powerful and proven Euro 6d-compliant, DOHC, 16 valve, 2.8-litre diesel engine which generates 150kW at 3,400 rpm and 500Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,800rpm.

RESPONSIVE, EFFICIENT AND QUIETER PERFORMANCE

The new 48V combines responsive acceleration, improved braking performance and greater fuel efficiency with a smoother ride whether on the road or tackling tough terrain.

In an urban environment, the additional power of the hybrid 48V system delivers better throttle response and linear acceleration, particularly from a standstill, while regenerative braking creates a more effective and natural deceleration feel.

An enhanced stop-start system allows the engine to remain off for longer periods which, coupled with the benefits of the hybrid 48V system, improves fuel efficiency by up to 5% compared to the conventional non-electrified diesel powertrain.

As well as those efficiency benefits, the improved stop-start system delivers a more comfortable drive-in traffic, thanks to quicker throttle response from standstill and a quieter engine restart, achieved because the motor generator is constantly connected to the engine and, unlike conventional systems, does not use the starter motor. That also enables the engine to restart at a higher speed.

Driving performance improvements are not confined to an urban environment for the Hilux and Fortuner 48V, and thanks to their illustrious heritage, they naturally excel off road.

Motor generator power allows for smoother acceleration when negotiating rough terrain too and regenerative braking supports safer downhill manoeuvring, while the engine’s idling speed is reduced from 720rpm to 600rpm which increases a driver’s ability to easily control the vehicle.

For the first time on Hilux and Fortuner, the new Multi-terrain Select system provides even better performance and control by giving the driver the option to adjust vehicle stability control settings according to the specific driving conditions.

Special attention has been paid to ensuring the Hilux and Fortuner 48V possess formidable water-crossing capabilities. The 48V can drive through water up to 700mm deep thanks to waterproofing of the 48V battery and DC-DC converter while new anti-slip and strengthening measures on the motor generator pulley and belt ensure optimum performance, even when wet.

A STRONG AND STABLE RIDE

Hybrid efficiency and driving performance enhancements come with no compromise on towing and payload capacity (in the Double Cab) and remains exceptional as per normal models.

Like its Hilux and Fortuner stablemates, the 48V with its body-on-frame architecture and ladder-frame chassis, delivers outstanding durability and torsional rigidity. Tough, durable leaf spring and twin shock absorber rear suspension system combine the off-road capabilities expected of a rugged four-wheel drive workhorse with good comfort and handling.

Model Line-up & pricing

HILUX

8 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6AT MHEV: R774 800

8 GD-6 4X4 RAIDER 6AT MHEV: R866 000

8 GD-6 RB LEGEND 6AT MHEV: R869 100

8 GD-6 RB LEGEND RS 6AT MHEV: R967 500

8 GD-6 4X4 LEGEND RS 6AT MHEV: R1 023 400

8 GD-6 4X4 LEGEND 6AT MHEV: R921 800

FORTUNER

8 GD-6 RB 6AT MHEV: R834 800

8 GD-6 RB 6AT MHEV BT: R845 300

8 GD-6 4X4 6AT MHEV: R918 600

8 GD-6 4X4 6AT MHEV BT: R929 100

8 GD-6 RB VX 6AT MHEV: R879 300

8 GD-6 RB VX 6AT MHEV BT:R 889 800

8 GD-6 4×4 VX 6AT MHEV: R961 800

8 GD-6 4×4 VX 6AT MHEV BT: R972 300

Peace of Mind

All Hilux and Fortuner models are covered by the three-year/100 000 km warranty and a 9-services/90 000 km service plan. Service intervals are set at 10 000 km and customers can purchase a variety of service plan and warranty extensions from their nearest Toyota dealer (220 countrywide).

Connectivity

All Toyota owners can sign up for a personal MyToyota profile. MyToyota is designed by Toyota SA to provide a platform for owners to quickly and conveniently access all information and services related to their vehicle(s). Additionally, all new Toyota vehicles are fitted with a device that opens up a whole new world of features. Simply opt in and you have access to Wi-Fi capability (with 25 Gb complimentary date) along with a host of supplementary Connect services.