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Conquering the Soutpansberg in a Toyota Hilux Legend 45


Whether you are a farmer in need of a reliable workhorse or a city dweller who happens to like a big bulky modern bakkie, the Toyota Hilux Legend 45 has it all.
With the generosity of McCarthy Pre-Owned in Polokwane and big excitement from the Polokwane Observer team the Toyota Hilux Legend 45 D4D double cab took the publication on a comfortable and much enjoyed journey to Makhado and the scenery Soutpansberg. The Legend 45 is true to its name – it is a legendary journey wished to have never come to an end.
For a bakkie the interior is very much luxurious with all bells and whistles to make the ride more comfortable and safe. When the automatic gearbox is put in reverse a display screen on the dashboard turns to live viewing the rear of the bakkie making reversing easy and safe. The interior is tastefully and liberally specked with full black interior for the cabin including the dashboard finish. The black leather with silver contrast stitching continues on the seats, door panels and steering wheel.
The exterior design of the Hilux is still the key element that really turns heads. The headlamp and front fog lamp design with smoked tail light design let the Legend 45 stand out from all the rest. Added to that the stainless steel front nudge bar, rear step bumper, tow bar and black side steps give the Legend 45 an exclusive look.
What impressed most was the smooth running 3,0 litre diesel engine powered by an automatic gearbox. The sound of the engine tells that the 3,0 litre has plenty of power awaiting to be released and to be put to the test. After attending a seminar with international experts in journalism Polokwane Observer explored the Bluegumsport Road, which takes one through challenging situations where an ordinary sedan would not dare go.
The Legend 45 handles well on gravel roads and even at higher speeds the bakkie grips firmly to the road surface with not a single moment feeling out of control. Not that the road was that bad, but not once the 4×4 option had to be utilised as the bakkie is strong enough to conquer steep inclines with rough road surfaces effortlessly.
The automatic gearbox works perfectly with all road conditions. On the N1 North the gearbox changes smoothly and responds immediately by gearing back should you need more power to overtake. On a personal note a manual gearbox would be more fun when going off-road but the automatic transmission surprised with its capabilities. McCarthy Pre-owned at 12 Thabo Mbeki Street offers a variety of Toyota Hilux bakkies. Speak to their professional team to become the owner of a vehicle that will never let you down. Contact them on 015 291 1726.

RC Myburgh
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