Being known as a practically unbreakable, go-anywhere tool would be enough for most vehicles in the motoring world.
The new Toyota Hilux, though, is attempting to have its cake and eat it by not only remaining as tough as they come, but also appealing to a much wider audience by adding a more comfortable ride, a more SUV-like driving experience, a higher-quality and more gadget-laden interior and a more economical engine.
That's quite a brief – one with a significant dose of ambition, with Toyota aiming to develop a vehicle that you can enjoy and get the best out of without having to own a game reserve in Namibia.
Ah, Namibia. The southern Africa country is the second least populated on earth (after Mongolia, fact fans) and, as such, is home to some extreme, isolated driving locations and conditions. You can go days being able to count other gravel road users without using all your fingers and toes, and you barely get past your thumb if you’re counting the number of houses you pass at the same time.
Conveniently, Namibia is our venue to see if the Hilux is not only as indestructible as ever, but also more usable, maybe even enough to tempt you out of the industry’s three favourite letters at the moment: S, U and V.
Namibia is one of the 172 countries in which the Hilux is sold and one of the 110 countries that chief engineer Hiroki Nakajima has visited to find out how the 18 million Hilux buyers over the past 50 years or so use their vehicles and what more they wanted from them.
Extra usability was the answer, perhaps because buyers are realising that they can combine their work vehicle with one for personal use if it is made nicer and more usable.