The Toyota Hilux has earned itself a reputation as one of the most capable pick-ups in the world, with unrivalled reliability, toughness and durability (just remember the Top Gear episode). To celebrate 50 years of the Hilux being so bloody good at its job, Toyota has launched an even tougher special edition model dubbed the Invincible 50.
Co-developed by Arctic Trucks - an Icelandic firm that builds off-roaders which laugh in the face of glaciers - it features new Bilstein suspension, as well as thick-treaded Goodrich KO2 all-terrain tyres wrapped around 16-inch alloy wheels that are bespoke to the variant.
Toyota claims these chassis enhancements improve off-road performance in all manner of ways. The 50 has more ground clearance, standing 40mm higher at the front and 20mm higher at the rear, axle articulation is increased and it can handle greater approach and departure angles. All of which adds to the Hilux's already strong list of capabilities, compounded by the inclusion of hill descent control, a rear diff lock and a low-range gearbox, as well as a torquey 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine.
To emphasise the 50's beefed-up status, the model gets a full Mad Max makeover. There are four LED spotlights mounted to a sports bar that sits on the vehicle bed, Arctic Truck mudflaps and the exterior comes exclusively in black. Toyota claims its toughest Hilux is still a road-friendly beast, though, and it retains features such as lane departure warning, cruise control and cabin touchscreen infotainment.
Pricing is yet to be revealed, but expect a sizeable increase on the regular Hilux's £24,155 starting figure thanks to those additions and the fact just 50 are headed to Britain. Order books open November 1st.
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