Spe­cial-edi­tion ute has re­mote lock­ing mo­torised plas­tic deck lid

The Tribune (NZ) - - MID WEEK MOTORING - ROB MAET­ZIG

Pun­ters love their blinged-up one­tonne utes - so this lim­ited edi­tion run of 300 Toy­ota Hilux SR5s is likely to prove pop­u­lar when they go on sale early next year.

Toy­ota New Zealand has an­nounced it has de­vel­oped the TRD (Toy­ota Rac­ing De­vel­op­ment) Spe­cial Edi­tion Hilux ute, com­plete with matte black TRD ac­ces­sories and a re­mote lock­ing mo­torised ABS plas­tic hard lid - a New Zealand first.

Based on the Hilux SR5 dou­ble cab diesel model, the Hilux TRD will be avail­able in both 2WD and 4WD, with a choice of man­ual and au­to­matic trans­mis­sions.

"We dis­played a con­cept Hilux TRD at Fiel­d­ays back in June, which gar­nered a lot of favourable com­ments," says Steve Prangnell, Toy­ota New Zealand’s gen­eral man­ager of sales.

"Hilux TRD has been very pop­u­lar in the past and we are sure this 2017 ver­sion will be no dif­fer­ent. The TRD ac­ces­sories add a bold vis­ual point of dif­fer­ence to the Hilux."

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