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2018-08-22 14:32

Image: Motorpress

Following the release of the Dakar Limited Edition – which introduced the South African audience to the bold new ‘square’ face – the Hilux range receives further tweaks to its façade whilst the line-up is also reinforced with a number of additional models catering to both utility and convenience-minded customers.

Fresh Face

The standout feature of the refreshed Hilux range is the ‘new face’ across normal Raider and SRX models.

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The bespoke Dakar derivatives utilised a black-and-grey-themed version of the new Hilux front design - which is carried over to SRX. A slightly different execution has been applied to the Raider grades befitting their flagship status.

SRX Solidity 

In SRX guise the new model adopts a black-themed front design to reinforce the tough, no-nonsense appearance of these mid-tier models. Colour-coded bumpers remain whilst inheriting a matching stylised skid plate on the lower apron. Functional black side steps and side mirrors add a rugged touch.

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Auto light control incorporating a follow-me-home functionality, is newly added to the specification register. On the interior front, SRX models inherit a 4-speaker touchscreen infotainment system (previously utilised on Raider grade) with Bluetooth and USB interface, all accessible via steering switches; while an accompanying reverse camera bolsters the convenience specification and increases SRX’s value proposition.

SRX models continue to offer a practical blend of work and leisure spec: rugged 17-inch alloy wheels using 265/70R17 tyres, remote central locking with auto door lock, power windows, fog lamps, air-conditioning, durable fabric interior trim, multi-information display, tilt-and-telescopic steering and multiple storage binnacles are all part of the standard menu.

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The airbag complement consists of driver, passenger and driver knee bag. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRC), Trailer Sway Control (TSC) ABS, EBD and Brake Assist all form part of the standard package.

The responsive 2.4 GD-6 powers SRX-badged ‘bakkies’, delivering 110kW @ 3400 rpm and 400Nm between 1600 and 2000rpm. Six-speed transmissions are utilised in both manual and automatic arrangement.

Raider Radiance

The range-topping Raider models receive a striking chrome grille surround which offsets the black horizontal slats and creates a premium appearance. The chrome-effect front grille supplements the chrome exterior mirrors (power-retractable) and door handles.

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The multi-dimensional fog lamp garnishes incorporate intersecting horizontal and vertical elements decked out in a matching black - and chromium effect. The fog lamps themselves utilise LED elements for superb illumination. Full LED headlamps with distinctive LED Daytime Running Light (DRL) bands complete the front view.   

The touchscreen multimedia system in Raider guise has been upgraded to include Satellite Navigation and DVD-playback compatibility. Bluetooth telephony, USB interface and 6-speaker output remain part of the package – all controllable via large, steering-mounted switchgear.

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A carry-over from the Dakar limited edition is the new full black interior, complete with black headliner and metallic-black interior trim accents.

Befitting its flagship status, Raider-badged Hilux continues to offer a comprehensive specification level. These include stylish 18” alloy wheels with 265/60R18 tyres, high-grade fabric interior trim, air-conditioned glovebox, leather steering and shift lever, automatic climate control, cruise control, a TFT colour multi-information display, 12 - and 220-volt accessory connectors, rear armrest with cupholders and seven airbags (including curtain and driver knee).

The familiar 2.8 GD-6 four-cylinder diesel engine continues duty in the Raider grade – offering 130kW and 420Nm (450Nm in automatic transmission guise). The throaty 4.0-litre V6 remains on offer, with 175kW and 376Nm respectively. 

More Models

A number of new utility-focused derivatives have been added to the Hilux range across all three bodystyles - in an effort to best serve its diverse customer base.

Single Cab

The work-focused single cab range has been tweaked to align with customer demand, while also serving business clients optimally. The automatic derivative count has been increased with the introduction of the 2.4 GD-6 ‘Raised Body’ SRX in 6-speed automatic guise.

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The 2.7 VVTi SRX has been discontinued. The SR-grade - which is aimed at fleet and mining customers offering a full safety kit with a lower convenience spec level - has been expanded with the addition of a 2.4 GD-6 Raised Body Manual variant (previously only available in 4x4 configuration).

Xtra Cab

In response to great market acceptance of the auto-equipped Xtra cab models introduced in 2017, a mid-grade 2.4 GD-6 SRX ‘Raised Body’ 6-speed auto has been added – bringing the Xtra cab derivative tally to six.

Double Cab

A new grade has been introduced on the Double-cab platform called ‘S’. This entry-level S grade model is a no-frills Hilux aimed at heavy-duty work and foregoes comfort and luxury specification for functionality and durability.

It utilises robust PVC interior trim, a ‘J-deck’ design (latch-type tailgate with cargo hooks) and 17” steel wheels shod with high-load 225 section-width tyres - to maximise utility. A black bumper and front grille distinguish the S-grade from other Hilux brethren.

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Buyers have the choice of a 2.4 GD-6 with 110kW and 400Nm on tap or 2.7 VVTi petrol engine with outputs of 122kW and 245Nm of torque respectively. GD-6 versions are mated to a 6-speed manual transmission whilst the 2.7 receives a 5-speed cog swapper.

The SR double-cab offerings have been expanded to include a 4x2 ‘Raised Body’ model and also adopt the J-deck layout and black bumper exterior design.

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Slotting into the middle of the double-cab range is a new ‘Raised Body’ (4x2) variant of the popular 2.4 GD-6 SRX Auto. The previously offered petrol 2.7 VVTi SRX has been discontinued in lieu of the 2.7 VVTi S as highlighted above.

Chassis Cab

A re-introduction of three Chassis Cab variants is an exciting new development on the Hilux front. They are available in 2.0 VVTi 5MT AC workhorse, 2.4 GD-6 5MT AC workhorse and 2.4 GD-6 6MT SRX 4x4. The Inferno Orange metallic exterior paint introduced on Dakar has been added to the entire range.

Warranty and Maintenance

All Hilux models come with a 3-year/100 000km warranty. A 9-services/90 000km service plan is standard on all models. Customers can also purchase extended service plans via their Toyota dealer.

Model Line-up and Pricing:

Single-Cab

Hilux SC 2.0 VVTi 5MT  - R 253 200
Hilux SC 2.0 VVTi 5MT A/C - R 261 200
Hilux SC 2.4 GD-6 5MT - R 287 300
Hilux SC 2.4 GD-6 5MT A/C - R 295 300
Hilux SC 2.4 GD-6 RB SR 6MT (NEW) - R 360 900
Hilux SC 2.4 GD-6 4x4 SR 6MT - R 422 300
Hilux SC 2.4 GD-6 RB SRX 6MT - R 375 500
Hilux SC 2.4 GD-6 RB SRX 6AT (NEW) - R 391 800
Hilux SC 2.4 GD-6 4x4 SRX 6MT - R 441 600
Hilux SC 2.4 GD-6 4x4 SRX 6AT - R 459 800
Hilux SC 2.8 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6MT - R 443 400
Hilux SC 2.8 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6AT - R 461 600
Hilux SC 2.8 GD-6 4x4 RAIDER 6MT - R 507 300
Hilux SC 2.8 GD-6 4x4 RAIDER 6AT - R 525 800

Xtra-Cab

Hilux XC 2.4 GD-6 RB SRX 6MT - R 386 700
Hilux XC 2.4 GD-6 RB SRX 6AT (NEW) - R 403 000
Hilux XC 2.8 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6MT - R 470 800
Hilux XC 2.8 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6AT - R 489 300
Hilux XC 2.8 GD-6 4x4 RAIDER 6MT - R 536 700
Hilux XC 2.8 GD-6 4x4 RAIDER 6AT - R 555 300

Double-Cab

Hilux DC 2.7 VVTi RB "S" 5MT - R 385 100
Hilux DC 2.4 GD-6 RB "S" 6MT (NEW) - R 407 800
Hilux DC 2.4 GD-6 RB SR 6MT (NEW) - R 417 500
Hilux DC 2.4 GD-6 4x4 SR 6MT - R 483 400
Hilux DC 2.4 GD-6 RB SRX 6MT - R 432 000
Hilux DC 2.4 GD-6 RB SRX 6AT (NEW) - R 446 400
Hilux DC 2.4 GD-6 4x4 SRX 6MT - R 503 500
Hilux DC 2.4 GD-6 4x4 SRX 6AT - R 526 900
Hilux DC 2.8 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6MT - R 534 900
Hilux DC 2.8 GD-6 RB RAIDER 6AT - R 553 600
Hilux DC 2.8 GD-6 4x4 RAIDER 6MT - R 601 500
Hilux DC 2.8 GD-6 4x4 RAIDER 6AT - R 621 900
Hilux DC 4.0 V6 4x4 RAIDER 6AT - R 663 800

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