The Toyota Hilux range remains one of the country’s favourite vehicles, with the new model having racked up over 30 000 units since its introduction in February this year.
Brian Joss – Toyota has analysed the market carefully and after in-depth customer research has introduced the upgraded Hilux SRX models.
The most significant change comes is the new ‘wide-body’ construction. The change to the wide-configuration, brings along with it bold, integrated over-fenders (as seen on existing Raider models) paired with a wider, front bumper design. This re-profiled exterior adds 55mm to the width of Single-cab and Double-cab SRX derivatives (up to 1855mm).
Xtra-cab models already boast the ‘wide-body’ construction, and as such all three body shapes now share the same exterior width dimension.
The exterior mirrors inherit turn signal lamps, whilst retaining the durable matte black treatment and electric adjustment.
The exterior façade is enhanced with a change to wider-track 17” alloy wheels (previously steel wheels), shod with 265/65/R17 all-terrain rubber (an increase from the current 225/70/R17 specified items). The new wheels are shared with the Raider grade, lending the SRX some solid street cred.
While retaining its go-anywhere, do-anything utility credentials, the SRX derivatives now incorporate enhanced exterior styling – which are sure to appeal to the leisure buyer as well.
The new SRX package complements the capable 110kW, 400Nm 2.4 litre GD-6 engine (or 2.7 litre petrol VVTi powerplant) and delivers a bakkie that will work hard in the week, whilst allowing its owners to play just as hard over weekends too – and look good doing it.
The model line-up stays as it is with a multitude of configurations, engines and body-shapes.
All 2.8 GD-6 and 4.0 V6 Fortuner models are now equipped with 18” alloy wheels. Replacing the previously employed 17” version, the new alloys are fitted with 265/60/R18 rubber and make use of distinctive counter-flowing spokes, with a machined finish accentuating the dual-dimensional design.
The entry-level 2.7 VVTi and 2.4 GD-6 models retain the stylish 17” ‘dual rib’ alloy wheels.
As an additional bonus, the 2.7 VVTi and 2.4 GD-6 Fortuner derivatives are furnished with leather interior trim, replacing the current textile offering. This luxurious appointment is provided at no cost to the customer, boosting the already high-value proposition significantly. It’s also worth noting that the Fortuner is the only SUV in its class to offer such an attractive, entry-level price point as well as such a high standard of equipment.