Toy­ota Hilux and Prado

Toy­ota New Zea­land is adding two lo­cally-specced Gla­di­a­tor mod­els to its 2017 Hilux line-up as it looks to con­tinue to claw back sec­tor mar­ket share from Ford. Ross Mackay has the story.

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The two new pro­duc­tion mod­els are based on the heav­ily cus­tomised Hilux Gla­di­a­tor Con­cept ute Toy­ota NZ showed at Fiel­d­ays last year and will join a third ‘new’ lo­cal Hilux – the SR5 Cruiser- in the com­pany’s ex­tended 2018 model of­fer­ing. The SR5 Cruiser will be avail­able in both 2WD and 4WD Pre-run­ner con­fig­u­ra­tion, Toy­ota NZ see­ing it as its top-of-the-line ‘Level 4’ of­fer­ing in the vein of the Wild­trak ver­sion of Ford’s Ranger and the Z71 ver­sion of the Holden Colorado. As such it will re­place the SR5 LTD in the Hilux line-up. Ef­fec­tively it is a sim­ple styling and re-spec ex­er­cise, but so im­pressed are lo­cal ex­ecs with the new nose and grille that these will be adapted across the com­plete range from June 2018 pro­duc­tion. The two Gla­di­a­tor mod­els also get a new grille (in this case the one from the Con­cept model), as well as a 20-inch di­am­e­ter. al­loy wheels, flare kit and cus­tom leather in­te­rior. One has a more ur­ban look with a deeper (think TRD) front bumper and A/T tyres, the other a more overt off-road one thanks to flare kit and new an­gu­lar steel bumpers front and rear, a cus­tom (red) sump guard, trick sports bar, and set of guard-fill­ing M/T tyres. As far as the re­vised 2018 model

line-up goes Hilux is of­fer­ing cus­tomers even more choice and fea­tures across 21 mod­els, 12 4WD and nine 2WD The ad­di­tion of more au­to­matic trans­mis­sion vari­ants, a com­mon 3.5 tonne tow rat­ing across all Pre­run­ner and 4WD pow­er­trains, and a dif­fer­en­tial lock added to the Pre­run­ner range, are all in re­sponse to mar­ket feed­back. As is work on spring rates, par­tic­u­larly at the rear, to im­prove ride qual­ity, long the bane of Hilux buy­ers. The five new au­to­matic trans­mis­sion vari­ants added to the range in­clude a 2WD Pre­run­ner SR Ex­tra Cab and four SR 4WD vari­ants across dif­fer­ent body con­fig­u­ra­tions; Sin­gle Cab Chas­sis, Ex­tra Cab Chas­sis, Ex­tra Cab Ute and Dou­ble Cab Chas­sis. What did come as a bit of a bombshell at the 2018 model re­veal was the news that the V6 petrol mod­els are no more. As is the 4WD Ex­tra Cab Ute with man­ual trans­mis­sion. Hilux pric­ing for the range at Novem­ber 2017 starts at $36,390 for the 2WD S 2.8 DT Sin­gle Cab Chas­sis, five speed man­ual $36,390. Pric­ing for 4WD mod­els starts at $49,390 for a 4WD SR 2.8 DT Sin­gle Cab Chas­sis, six speed man­ual and goes to $62,690 for the 4WD SR5 2.8 DT Dou­ble Cab, six speed au­to­matic $62,690. RRPS for the new SR5 Cruiser and two Gla­di­a­tor mod­els will be an­nounced at a later date.

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