The 7th generation Hilux was launched in August 2004 as a new pickup for sale in more than 140 countries worldwide. Inheriting its rugged styling from the 6th generation model, it offered 21st century customers the high levels of durability and comfort they were looking for, with lots of interior space, improved comfort, and both the ride comfort of a passenger vehicle. It now truly lived up to it's "Hi-Lux" name! It was produced from 2004 to 2015.
The 7th generation Hilux was produced in a few countries with most of the vehicles being produced in Thailand and South Africa for delivery to their own regions.
The front suspension became even more improved being not only fully independent but now featuring coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers.
Under the hood could be found a variety of engines depending on the country in which the vehicle was sold. Notable was the 4.0 liter DOHC V6 delivering a nice healthy 236 hp but was extremely heavy on the juice. There was also the D-4-D 3.0 liter diesel power plant which was available in Australia and South Africa.
This is our seventh instalment in an eight part series of blogs about the history of the Toyota Hilux right up to the current model. We hope you've enjoyed it so far. Tomorrow will be the final part in our series of the history of the Hilux, so follow along right here or on our Facebook page. Please share if you're a Toyota Hilux fan.
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