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Test Drive Review: TOYOTA HILUX INVINCIBLE X

The story:
A new nose marks out this range-topper of the Hilux pick-up
Category:
Key rival:Ford Ranger
On sale:Now
TOYOTA HILUX INVINCIBLE X 2.4 D-4D
Price:£31,046 (ex. VAT)
MPG:36.2mpg
Power:150hp
Payload:1,120kg
Load length/height/width:1525mm/480mm/1540mm

Most top-of the range models usually get a few extra styling details here and there, but Toyota has given the new Invincible X version of the Hilux an entirely new front end.

The changes don’t go quite as far as a full facelift, but nevertheless there are a large number of visual tweaks – a new front bumper and grille layout – for a new trim. That new front end brings it a totally different look, which is certainly different, but not necessarily more premium. Touches such as the silver door mirrors, the black surround bar on the loading bay and the black alloys definitely give the looks a lift, though. The skid plates front and rear and black running boards complete the look.

Inside, black is the colour of choice, and it features in gloss form on several of the surfaces. This doesn’t make the cabin ‘pop’ so much as look a little smarter than those in lesser versions. The little animation of the Hilux that appears in between the instruments is a neat touch, though.

This being the top trim, it has vast amounts of standard kit including some excellent safety kit such as the Safety Sense system and the latest Toyota navigation set-up.

Underneath the fancy new skin the Hilux is the same as before, though, with the strong 2.4-litre diesel engine and a ride that is a touch harsher than rivals’. It does smooth out at higher speeds, but urban bumps can be quite telling.

The verdict

An attractive range-topper that isn’t quite a full revision.