HILUX GETS A SQUARE FACE
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.