So what ex­actly does “tougherer” en­tail?

Toyota Connect/Lexus Life - - ON THE MOVE -

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.

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