Fur­ther to our range launch story in the Feb 18 mag, Toy­ota has of­fi­cially launched its lat­est Hilux model, the range-top­ping SR5 Cruiser.


The new SR5 Cruiser sits above the SR5 and re­places the out­go­ing SR5 Lim­ited in Toy­ota New Zealand’s 21-strong 2018 Hilux range. As re­vealed in our range launch story ( but not pic­tured because at that stage TNZ didn't have a finished ex­am­ple to show us) the new SR5 Cruiser is immediately dis­tin­guished by a bold new nose which fea­tures a larger, now lack hexag­o­nal up­per grille, re­vised front bumper de­sign and heav­ily re­vised LED fog lights. “The Hilux bench­mark has been raised again with a more ag­gres­sive style that will ap­peal to even more cus­tomers, and build on the long-stand­ing Hilux at­tributes of be­ing tough and un­break­able,” said Neeraj Lala, Toy­ota New Zealand’s Gen­eral Man­ager of new ve­hi­cle sales and prod­uct.

Bold state­ment

“SR5 Cruiser makes a bold state­ment with a tougher ex­te­rior de­sign, first class safety, en­hanced in­te­rior styling and the built- in strength that makes Hilux the first choice for cus­tomers who want a ute that looks good but can per­form in de­mand­ing en­vi­ron­ments.” The Hilux SR5 Cruiser will be avail­able as a double cab in 2WD PreRun­ner and 4WD con­fig­u­ra­tions, with a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. “More cus­tomers pur­chased Hilux in 2017 than in any other year in its his­tory, fea­tur­ing a level of loy­alty not of­ten seen in the car busi­ness,” said Mr Lala. “We ex­pect the strong Hilux cus­tomer loy­alty to con­tinue in 2018 and be­yond.” The new front end is com­ple­mented by 18-inch gloss metal­lic black al­loy wheels with 265/ 60 tyres, black door mir­rors, door han­dles, a new black rear bumper and dis­tinc­tive SR5 Cruiser body graph­ics.

Black on black

The in­te­rior car­ries on the bold new look with black per­fo­rated, leather ac­cented up­hol­stery used through­out, in­clud­ing into the pil­lars and roof lin­ing. The front seats are also heated. The SR5 Cruiser has a new in­stru­ment clus­ter with a re­vised tachome­ter and speedome­ter off­set with pi­ano black or­na­men­ta­tion to re­place the sil­ver high­lights of the out­go­ing SR5 Lim­ited model. A new MID open­ing screen se­quence has been cre­ated for the SR5 Cruiser, while the new look is sil­hou­et­ted on the back of the key.

The SR5 Cruiser vari­ant is avail­able in all seven Hilux colours. Stan­dard fea­tures in­clude cruise con­trol, tilt and te­le­scopic steer­ing col­umn ad­just­ment, seven airbags, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, LED head­lights, day time run­ning lights and fog lights, cli­mate con­trol air con­di­tion­ing, rear dif­fer­en­tial lock, six speaker au­dio, re­vers­ing cam­era and a 3,500kg max­i­mum braked tow­ing ca­pac­ity. The Hilux SR5 Cruiser goes on sale for:

SR5 Cruiser 2.8 DT Double Cab PreRun­ner 2WD 6AT $ 54,690*

SR5 Cruiser 2.8 DT Double Cab 4WD 6AT $ 67,790* *Prices in­cluded are the RRP and exclusive of on road costs.

The 2.8 litre four-cylin­der turbo diesel en­gine, with 130 kW and 450 Nm of torque from 1600 rpm-2400 rpm, pow­ers the SR5 Cruiser.

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