NEW LOOK = EVEN TOUGHERER
So what exactly does “tougherer” entail?
Well, in terms of the new strain of Hilux, plenty. That bluff Dakar front-end reminiscent of the full-sized Toyota “trucks” you’d expect to see parked outside Fat Burger, cruising the Vegas Boulevard or crushing the Mojave Desert, now finds its way onto the front of SRX and Raider models.
The SRX receives the black-grille treatment in combination with fresh chrome accents fore and aft and is powered by a 2,4-litre diesel mill, capable of 110kw and 400Nm mated to your choice of manual or automatic transmission. The Raider is emboldened by a new 2,8-litre with 130kw and 420Nm (with the auto that rises to 450Nm). The latter model receives a chrome grille surround and even more smatterings of the shiny stuff (fog lamps and mirror housings) throughout, with complementary sparkle from the LED headlamps and daytime running lights. Both models receive an array of cabin updates (including navigation in the Raider) and come in the same dark theme as the Dakar model.
These will be joined by all-new derivatives in Single, Xtra, Double and Chassis Cab body styles. Toyota’s binned the 2,7 VVTI SRX for this round, but has included a new “raised-body” 2,4 GD-6 in its place. Less a culling, then, and more a ramp-up in offering. So there should be one to suit your particular needs – and you can even opt for that same Inferno Orange paint job from the Dakar model, as Toyota now offers it across the Hilux range.