HILUX GETS A SQUARE FACE

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - NEWS -

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful in­tro­duc­tion of the Hilux Dakar Lim­ited Edi­tion, Toy­ota is rolling out the new ‘square face’ to Raider and SRX deriva­tives.

The re­freshed SRX fea­tures a new front de­sign sim­i­lar to the Dakar Edi­tion, while the Raider looks slightly dif­fer­ent due its sta­tus as the flag­ship.

The SRX spec­i­fi­ca­tion in­cludes an auto light func­tion with fol­low-me-home func­tion­al­ity and a four-speaker touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem as fit­ted to the pre­vi­ous Raider. A re­verse cam­era rounds things off nicely on the safety front.

The 2.4-litre GD-6 tur­bocharged diesel pow­er­train (110kW/400Nm) re­mains the same and can be mated to a six-speed man­ual or six-speed au­to­matic gear­box.

On the Raider mod­els, the touch­screen in­ter­face has been up­graded to in­clude satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion and DVD play­back. Blue­tooth tele­phony, USB in­ter­face and six-speaker out­put re­main part of the pack­age, all con­trol­lable via large, steer­ing­mounted switchgear.

The Dakar’s full black in­te­rior has been car­ried over to the new Raider, com­plete with black head­liner and metal­lic-black in­te­rior trim ac­cents. We’re big fans of this all-black in­te­rior, as it adds a de­cent dol­lop of style.

Buy­ers can choose be­tween the 2.8-litre four­cylin­der tur­bocharged diesel (130kW/450Nm) and fa­mil­iar 4.0-litre V6 petrol with 175kW and 376Nm.

Along with the facelift, a num­ber of new util­ity-fo­cused deriva­tives have been added to the Hilux range across all three bodystyles.

In re­sponse to great mar­ket ac­cep­tance of the au­toe­quipped 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.

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 does with­out com­fort and lux­ury spec­i­fi­ca­tion for func­tion­al­ity and dura­bil­ity. It utilises a ro­bust PVC in­te­rior trim, a ‘J-deck’ de­sign (latch-type tail­gate with cargo hooks) and 17-inch steel wheels shod with high-load 225 sec­tion-width tyres. A black bumper and front grille dis­tin­guish the S-grade from other Hilux dou­ble-cabs.

In S spec­i­fi­ca­tion, you can choose be­tween the 2.4-litre diesel pow­er­train and the 2.7-litre four-cylin­der petrol with 122kW and 245Nm on tap. GD-6 ver­sions are mated to a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion while the 2.7 gets a five-speed man­ual box.

All Hilux mod­els come with a three-year/100 000km war­ranty. A nine ser­vices/ 90 000km ser­vice plan is stan­dard on all mod­els.

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