SA-BOUND HILUX SRX : Toyota will launch an SRX version of its popular Hilux later in 2016. The automaker currently has no images of the bakkie yet though told Wheels24 it will be similar to the current Raider derivative. Image: Quickpic
Johannesburg - Toyota has revealed updated versions of its Hilux double cab and Fortuner SUV at the SA Festival of Motoring held at the Kyalami race track.
Sharpened Hilux SRX
The latest version of the Hilux has once again dominated South Africa’s bakkie market, topping the sales charts with more than 3000 units sold each month.
The key change for SRX versions is the move to a wide-body construction, complete with wide integrated fender utilised on the current Raider grade. The change to the wide-body profile gives SRX versions a more rugged stance than standard variants. The new version also sports 17” alloys shod with 265/55 profile rubber.
The revised SRX models will make its appearance in Q4 of 2016. Where are the images? Toyota SA is mum on details and pics of its upcoming SRX. We'll post images (with a gallery) as soon as we receive them.
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Glenn Crompton, vice-president of marketing for Toyota SA, says: “The new generation Hilux has been extremely well received, with customers recognising the sheer completeness and capability of the latest Hilux package.
"Toyota prides itself on being customer-centric, largely attributed to extensive market research. Based on this customer feedback we are implementing certain changes to the SRX grade model - in order to bring it more in line with lifestyle buyers’ needs without compromising on the ruggedness and durability that the SRX models are known for."
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Toyota SA says that no images of the SRX are currently available, but that the bakkie "will look similar to the Radar, but without the 'chromey' bits."
Fortuner gains an inch
Echoing a similar sales success story to that of its Hilux sibling, the Fortuner has proven to be a hit with a local SUV-seekers.
For 2016, the 2.8 GD-6 and V6 models will receive an upgrade to 18” alloys with a distinctive dual-profile machined finish. The release date is will be around the same time as the launch of the Hilux SRX models.