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Simply Invincible: Toyota’s new Hilux 50 comes with suspension by Arctic Trucks

By Paul Connolly

Toyota has unveiled a super-tough version of its legendary Hilux truck.

Designed to mark half a century years since the Japanese manufacturer’s began making its toughest vehicle in 1968, the Hilux Invincible 50 comes with some serious mechanical additions from Icelandic off-road experts Arctic Trucks.

The Toyota Hilux’s first 50 years have been packed with achievement, its status as a world-beating machine confirmed by feats such as the conquest of both North and South Poles, scaling the slopes of an erupting volcano and surviving ordeals of fire, water and explosives courtesy of the Top Gear television programme.

To mark this exceptional half-century, Toyota says it wanted to create a new and exclusive Hilux, with the help of Arctic Trucks.

The new truck will be on sale from November and, continuing the 50 theme - 50 models have been allocated to the UK. Deliveries are expected before the end of this year and early next.

The modifications include a performance suspension system by Arctic Trucks and Bilstein.

The new 16 x 7.5 ET05 alloy wheels are specific to the Invincible 50, finished in satin black with a machined lip and fitted with 265/75R16 BF Goodrich KO2 all-terrain tyres.

The special wheel and tyre combination gives Hilux even greater off-road capability, with more ground clearance (the vehicle is raised by 40mm at the front and 20mm at the rear), added articulation and increased approach and departure angles.

Toyota insists this is not to the detriment of a “smooth and confident” on-road performance.

New styling features include bespoke, wider front and rear wing treatments that amplify the vehicle’s raised stance and muscular character.

A double-hoop sports bar is fitted over the vehicle bed, providing a raised platform for a battery of four high-power Vision X lights.

These multi-source LED units project a smooth and powerful light over a great distance, on all driving terrains.

Other details include rear Arctic Trucks mudflaps, rear parking sensors, a tough Line-X bed liner and classic Toyota tailgate graphic.

A numbered Invincible 50 plaque is featured in the cabin. Invincible 50 chrome badging and detailing are featured on the wings, wheels, doors, tailgate, sports bar, lighting and interior. All vehicles are finished in black paintwork.

In other aspects the Invincible 50 matches the specification of the standard Hilux Invincible, a double-cab model powered by a 148bhp 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine with six-speed automatic transmission.

Key equipment features include Toyota Safety Sense with Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Warning and Road Sign Assist, cruise control, dusk-sensing headlights, Toyota Touch 2 with Go multimedia system with navigation and connectivity for accessing web-based apps, automatic air conditioning, smart entry and start and rear privacy glass.

The price – to be announced shortly – will be accessible for genuine Hilux enthusiasts, insists Toyota, notwithstanding the model’s bespoke engineering and high equipment specification.

In 2010, Jeremy Clarkson and the Top Gear crews famously tried to destroy a Hilux in Top Gear with explosions, fire, smashing it with a wrecking ball and a host of other inventive plots.

All failed, with the incredible truck continued to run after simple repairs using a typical mechanic’s toolbox.

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