The Toyota Hilux’s first 50 years have been packed with achievement, its status as a world-beating machine confirmed by feats such as the conquest of both North and South Poles, scaling the slopes of an erupting volcano and surviving ordeals of fire, water and explosives courtesy of the Top Gear television programme.
To mark this exceptional half-century, Toyota has created the new and exclusive Hilux Invincible 50 for public sale.
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This special edition has been engineered in partnership with Arctic Trucks, the Iceland-based specialists in extreme terrain driving. Appropriately, just 50 individually numbered examples will be available for UK customers.
The modifications include a performance suspension system by Arctic Trucks and Bilstein. The new 7.5×16-inch (ET05 offset) alloy wheels are specific to the Invincible 50, finished in satin black with a machined lip and fitted with 265/75 R16 BF Goodrich KO2 all-terrain tyres.
The special wheel and tyre combination gives Hilux even greater off-road capability, with more ground clearance (the vehicle is raised by 40mm at the front and 20mm at the rear), added articulation and increased approach and departure angles. This is not to the detriment of smooth and confident on-road performance.
New styling features include bespoke arch extensions that amplify the vehicle’s raised stance and muscular character. A double-hoop sports bar is fitted over the vehicle bed, providing a raised platform for a row of high-power Vision X lights. These multi-source LED units project smooth and powerful light over a great distance, on all driving terrains.
Other details include rear Arctic Trucks mud flaps, rear parking sensors, a tough Line-X bed liner and classic Toyota tailgate graphic. A numbered Invincible 50 plaque is featured in the cabin, and Invincible 50 chrome badging and detailing are featured on the wings, wheels, doors, tailgate, sports bar, lighting and interior. All vehicles are finished in black paintwork.
In other aspects the Invincible 50 matches the specification of the standard Hilux Invincible, a double-cab model powered by a 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine with six-speed automatic transmission. The 148bhp powerplant offers a significant 400Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,000rpm.
Order books for the new Toyota Hilux Invincible 50 will open on 1 November with customer deliveries through December into the New Year. The price – to be announced shortly – will be accessible for genuine Hilux enthusiasts, notwithstanding the model’s bespoke engineering and high equipment specification.