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Toyota Hilux gets to grips in ice road truck rescue
Gripping stuff: the Hilux hauls the heavy artic out of trouble

THE tough-guy reputation enjoyed by Toyota’s Hilux is richly deserved.

The 4×4 pick-up went to work helping haul stranded vehicles in East Sussex during the recent blast of ice and snowy weather that wreaked havoc in the area.

The Hilux hitched up to a Sainsbury’s heavy goods vehicle and hauled the artic lorry up a slippery slope, allowing the truck to complete its deliveries. This type of vehicle can weigh up to 44 tonnes when fully loaded.

The four-wheel-drive Hilux pick-up had been provided by local Toyota dealership SLM Motors of Uckfield to help rescue vehicles in difficulty on a particularly icy stretch of road.

Toyota Hilux gets to grips in ice road truck rescue
Hilux came second in this year’s gruelling Dakar Rally in South America

The Hilux has carved its place as a tough and capable workhorse through various exploits featured on BBC TV’s Top Gear, including driving to the North Pole.

And earlier this year, a Hilux took second place on the arduous Dakar Rally, described as the world’s toughest off-road motorsport event, running for two weeks over 5000 miles through the deserts of Peru, Argentina and Chile.

The Hilux underwent a comprehensive revamp in 2012 with exterior and interior redesigns and adjustments to the 142bhp 2.5 D-4D and 169bhp 3.0 D-4D engines to comply with Euro 5 standards.

The Toyota Hilux pick-up is available in the following configurations (Ex-VAT on the road prices):

  • HL2 4WD 2.5-litre Single Cab, £17,040.83
  • HL2 4WD 2.5-litre Extra Cab, £17,874.17
  • HL2 4WD 2.5-litre Double Cab, £18,707.50
  • HL3 4WD 2.5-litre Double Cab, £19,832.50
  • Invincible 4WD 3.0-litre MT Double Cab, £21,540.83
  • Invincible 4WD 3.0-litre AT Double Cab, £22,540.83.

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