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Edge in the battle of the utes
❚ Continued from page 8
Edge treatment gives the Hilux special wheels and tyres, nudge bars, and unique graphics.
It’s all cosmetic of course, but it
does add that little bit extra to
what is a fairly basic ute, and
when that is combined with the
highly attractive price, it
suddenly makes this Hilux a
rather appealing choice for those
into the market for a ute with all
its inherent practicalities but has
no need for four-wheel drive
capability. You could say the Edge
treatment gives this ute an edge.
It’s also helping keep the now-
ageing Hilux competitive against
the likes of Ranger and soon a
brand-new Nissan Navara until a
replacement model arrives in
New Zealand next year.
This truck is nine years old
now, and it has enjoyed a
remarkable career. There are well
over 100,000 Hiluxes in use
around New Zealand, with their
owners enjoying their ruggedness
and reliability. Naturally most of
them are 4WD models because up
until now that’s what ute owners
have most wanted from their
vehicles – but in more recent
times an increasing number of
customers have recognised the
practicality of utes as ordinary
transport, and in that regard they
haven’t necessarily needed the all-
paw traction. So they’ve opted for
the better economy of the 2WD
And that’s where this 2WD
Hilux Edge has plenty of appeal.
It’s powered by Toyota’s highly
regarded 3.0-litre turbodiesel that,
although on paper lacking in the
grunt offered by other newer utes,
still develops 126 kilowatts of
power and 343 newton metres of
torque, which is fine for the sort
of duties normally required of a
The engine is mated to a five-
speed manual transmission, and
they combine to offer what I
would describe as a relaxed
performance. It’s nice.
Performance is good, too.
The Hilux might not have
4WD, but it does have a rear
limited-slip differential so it is
capable of getting to reasonably
rough places such as building
sites and farm paddocks.
Of course a major reason why
people buy utes is because they
have a tray out the back, and in
the case of the Hilux double-cab
the wellside deck is 1.52m long,
1.5m wide and 450mm deep.
During the time we had our
model for road test we made
heavy use of that load space to
cart everything from household
goods to garden rubbish around.
And there’s good room inside the
vehicle, even in the rear seats, to
carry up to five people.
This latest 2WD Hilux is part of
a range that was facelifted earlier
this year, and the entire range
now has body coloured front
bumpers and painted grilles with
chrome surrounds. In our case
our Velocity Red model also had a
big turbocharge air scoop on the
bonnet, which all contributed to a
great exterior look.
Inside, the Hilux now has a
broadened suite of standard
technology, including 6.1-inch
touchscreen display audio
system, which can be upgraded to
include a reversing camera –
given the more urban use the
2WD model potentially has, I
would have thought the camera
would have been a standard item.
The Edge ute also features
Bluetooth hands-free capability
and voice control software to
access the audio and phone
systems. An integrated USB/AUX
jack is now standard and the USB
can handle a hub connection,
allowing for two USB devices to
be plugged in at any time.
Every Hilux now has cruise
control as standard, as well as
intuitive steering wheel controls
for multi-information display
(MID) trip data and the audio and
phone systems. As well, all Hilux
are now fitted with a premium
optitron meters, with
All double-cab Hilux utes,
including this model, also now
feature a full complement of
three-point ELR seatbelts across
the rear bench, further enhancing
rear occupant safety.
So this Toyota Hilux Edge
double-cab ute represents very
good value for its price. It might
be ‘‘only’’ two-wheel drive, but
that’s what many ute customers
are opting for these days, and up
until now that demand is what
Ford has been very good at
With this Edge, Toyota New
Zealand has put itself in a good
position to begin to redress the
balance until next year’s
scheduled brand-new model
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