Mi­nor tweaks, both in­side and out, for sta­ble­mates — but no price cut


Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS - Mark Smyth

Most car man­u­fac­tur­ers like to in­tro­duce model up­dates from time to time. Some call them en­hance­ments, oth­ers life cy­cle im­prove­ments, but the re­al­ity is that the ex­tent of the changes can vary im­mensely.

Some­times, im­prove­ments can be sig­nif­i­cant, other times (and this re­ally has hap­pened) it can just be a new door han­dle.

Toy­ota is one of the ma­jor ad­vo­cates of reg­u­lar model up­dates and the lat­est to ben­e­fit are the Fortuner and Hilux sta­ble­mates. In­ter­est­ingly the up­dates to South African mod­els hap­pened just a few weeks after Toy­ota Aus­tralia an­nounced sim­i­lar up­dates to the same mod­els there. That’s no big thing you say, but down un­der, the com­pany cut the prices of the mod­els by a sig­nif­i­cant 10%. No re­duc­tion in SA, says Toy­ota SA.

So what is new? Well let’s start with the Hilux, which sees six mod­els re­ceive the op­tion of an au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. The six-speed auto is avail­able on a num­ber of mod­els from the ba­sic sin­gle cab to the more lux­u­ri­ous dou­ble cab.

In­te­ri­ors of the Hilux get up­grades to ma­te­ri­als, while some mod­els get more safety in­clud­ing items such as ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity con­trol, hill as­sist con­trol and trailer sway con­trol.

Raider mod­els get new al­loy wheels as well as LED head­lamps with day­time run­ning lights and a 220V power out­let.

Over to the Fortuner and the com­pany has in­tro­duced a sixspeed auto ver­sion of the 2.4 GD-6 4x4. The GD-6 and 2.7 mod­els get side and cur­tain airbags. The 2.8 GD-6 and V6 mod­els get a 220V power out­let and an elec­tri­cally op­er­ated tail­gate. Th­ese mod­els also get LED head­lights and in­side they also get au­to­matic climate con­trol, re­verse cam­era, touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment, a leather and wood steer­ing wheel and elec­tric driver seat ad­just­ment.

Pric­ing for the Hilux range starts at R243,200 ris­ing to R589,900 and the Fortuner runs from R462,900 to R675,600.

One thing the Aussies also get is a full 11-speaker JBL sound sys­tem on some Fortuner mod­els. Now wouldn’t that be nice.

The Toy­ota Fortuner has re­ceived some mi­nor up­dates, along with its Hilux sib­ling. Below: Some of the in­te­rior ma­te­ri­als in the Hilux and Fortuner have been up­graded.

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