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by Tim Beissmann

2015 reveal of Toyota HiLux (SR5 double cab pre-production model shown).

New-generation Toyota HiLux pick-ups sold in some of the world’s toughest environments such as Russia, South Africa and South America will feature rugged suspension setups developed by Toyota Australia engineers in our own backyard.

The car maker’s Australian engineers developed the suspension package for the 2016 Toyota HiLux for our market and a host of others at its Anglesea proving ground and over sealed roads and off-road tracks across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.

Toyota claims the setup offers “improved off-road performance, better suppression of vibrations and improved roll stiffness”, and says the locally developed package will “provide superior ride and handling in the harsh conditions of South Africa, Russia and South America”.

2015 reveal of Toyota HiLux (SR5 double cab pre-production model shown).

Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb described the local engineers’ suspension development work as one of the highpoints of the eighth-generation HiLux.

“A highlight is the Australian-developed suspension that delivers increased wheel articulation, improved handling and greater comfort so owners can enjoy stress-free driving, even with a full load,” Cramb said.

“The introduction of an even stronger frame, new engines, greater off-road ability and car-like features ensures the next-generation HiLux combines the best features of a workhorse ute and an SUV.”

Toyota says the new HiLux’s body rigidity has been improved with additional spot welds, which it also claims leads to better steering response, while greater use of high-tensile steel helps reduce weight while boasting higher levels of body strength.

The 2016 Toyota HiLux goes on sales in Australia in October this year. Read more details about the all-new model here.




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