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Toyota Hilux Surf

Time Posted: June 9, 2011 11:03 am

Brief history of Toyota Hilux Surf

Hilux Surf was first introduced in year 1984, a production of Toyota. Toyota Hilux Surf is more of a road transportation type of automobile. The car is the modified version of the existing model Hillux.

Instead of creating entirely new vehicle, few medications were made in Hilux and new model was launched as Toyota Hilux Surf.

The first generation of Hilux Surf was created by adding fiber glass top which can be changed. This was a feature which distinguished Hilux Surf from Hilux. The production took place between years 1984 #8211; 1989.

The Hilux Surf had dash board features similar to Hilux. The changes in Hilux Surf were seen in the rear side of the vehicle. The model had some drawbacks which resulted in some problems later on.

In order to overcome these drawbacks, some major changes were made in year 1986. To make more room in the engine region and to drive at good speed on highways, the frontal axle was changed to front suspension axle which was independent. The first generation Hilux Surf was similar to that of Hilux pickup.

The second generation of Toyota Hilux Surf was introduced in year 1989. This model was created from year 1989 to 1995. The automobile was again designed but the main model was kept same as Hilux pickup. In this model, the entire body was solid steel, which was different then Hilux pickup which had top made of fiberglass. The second generation Toyota Hilux Surf was five doors automobile.

Rear coiled spring suspension system was introduced in this generation. A three door model was launched in year 1990 to 1992, but they did not catch the attention and were discontinued from production.

The tail gate doors generally opened upwards with the window glass closed. In second generation of Hilux Surf in order to open the tail gate, the window glass was needed to retracted, and then the tail gate was opened. In year 1992, there were some minor changes made to Surf to update the model. New Aero headlamps were introduced and the single front side bumper was introduced. During this period the body of the vehicle was widened with huge wheel bases.

These changes separated Hilux Surf from Hilux pickup automobile.

The third generation Toyota Hilux Surf had similar looks of second generation Hilux surf, but these were changed with major changes made in the looks of the Surf. The exterior body and chassis received huge make over, which separated it from the second generation car. In this generation of car, the body design was more inspired from land cruiser and nothing was taken from the Hilux pickup model. The changes of third generation Surf were:

• Spacious interiors

• Long wheel base

• More cargo space

• Twin airbags

• Coiled spring suspension system

• Lift up tail gate

• ABS brakes

• Rack pinion steering

Introducing central differential feature made four wheel drive possible even on hard surfaces.

The fourth generation Hilux Surf model is more modern and advanced, but still retained some similarity with third generation. The model was introduced in year 2003 till now. It contains basic idea of Land Cruiser Prado type of model.

Hilux Surf is well known for its sturdiness and reliability. The Toyota Hilux Surf is also referred as indestructible car by its owners. It can sustain very well in rough use and abuse.

The car has successfully passed all the crash tests and has proved to be one sturdy vehicle to drive off road and in city.

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