Toyota reveals Hilux Invincible 50
It’s travelled to both of the world’s Poles, scaled volcanoes and been dropped from a 23-story building and survived.
And so Toyota says its Hilux has eclipsed being merely indestructible.
Celebrating the tough truck’s 50-year heritage, the brand’s British arm has announced a small batch of specially-tuned models called the Hilux Invincible 50.
Available only in black, the model has been reworked by Icelandic off-road tuner Arctic Trucks which created ice-breaking machines out of everything from an Isuzu D-Max ute to a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van.
Key changes lie underneath that include revised suspension points with Bilstein shock absorbers and a 40mm front, 20mm rear lift. In conjunction with new satin black 16-inch ET05 alloy wheels and 265/75 16 BF Goodrich K02 all-terrain tyres, ground clearance increases along with wheel articulation and approach and departure angles (not supplied). Despite focusing on off-road ability, Toyota says the handling changes are ‘not to the detriment of smooth and confident on-road performance.’
Improving its appearance on and off the road are flared mudguards for a wider stance and Arctic Trucks mudflaps, while the rear receives a double-hoop sports bar – somewhat similar to the Aussie-designed and built Rugged unit – a Line-X bed liner, bold Toyota wording across the tailgate and four high-power Vision X LED spotlights.
Under the bonnet, the standard 2.4-litre six-cylinder turbo diesel mill and six-speed automatic transmission remain unchanged.
Only 50 units will be available to customers at a price “accessible for genuine Hilux enthusiasts,” with each individually numbered on a plaque inside the cabin.
Alex Rae is Drive’s Melbourne based reporter with over 10 years’ experience in the automotive industry as a photographer and journalist. Having studied both engineering and the arts, Alex understands what makes things tick while appreciating that sometimes it’s all about form over matter…