BETTER BAKKIE: Toyota has added a Raised Body Xtra Cab version to its Hilux range. Image: Toyota
JOHANNESBURG - Few companies have the kind of clout in the pick-up world that Hilux wields, especially when we're talking workhorse models.
So, after pulling out all the stops with the bells-and-whistles Legend 45 package now standard as the top-end Hilux, Toyota says it has turned its attention to the utilitarian side of things with a thorough re-work (pun intended) of the Hilux 2.5 D-4D SRX.
Already on sale, the new Raised Body version of the Hilux Xtra Cab replaces the previous low-body version. In response to customers' requests, the automaker says, "it addresses the need for increased ride height and ground clearance, as well as improved approach and departure angles, to tackle challenging terrain".
Heavy-duty 16" steel wheels help the raised suspension to maximise rough-road performance.
Current Xtra Cab SRX
Differential ratio 3.583
Ground clearance 181
Approach angle 21 degrees
Departure angle 18 degrees
Wheels 205 / 70R 15C
New Raised Body Xtra Cab SRX
Differential ratio 3.909
Ground clearance 212
Approach angle 30 degrees
Departure angle 23 degrees
Wheels 205 R16C 6J
In addition, Toyota says, the specification of the Raised Body version has been aligned to other SRX models, matching the utilitarian nature of the vehicle and creating consistency across the product line-up. "In line with our hard-core aesthetics," the company explalins, "the newcomer is 'de-chromed' and gets practical black cladding for the door handles and mirrors and uses hard-wearing rough-weave fabric in the SRX."
The new retail price of R298 700 is only R5 000 more than the outgoing model.
• 2.5 D-4D 4-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC diesel engine mated to a five-speed manual box
• 75kW from 3600rpm
• 260Nm from 1600-2400rpm
• Mud guards - front & rear
• Audio system with Bluetooth & RDS
• Steering switches
• Electric windows
• Power steering
• USB outlet
• Centre console box
• Anti-theft system - siren/alarm & immobiliser
• Dual front airbags
• Five-year or 90 000km service plan