Brian Joss – Following the release of the Dakar Limited Edition – which introduced the SA audience to the bold new ‘square’ face – the Hilux range receives further tweaks to its façade whilst the line-up is also reinforced with a number of additional models catering to both utility and convenience-minded customers.
The standout feature of the refreshed Hilux range is the ‘new face’ across normal Raider and SRX models. The bespoke Dakar derivatives utilised a black-and-grey-themed version of the new Hilux front design – which is carried over to SRX. A slightly different execution has been applied to the Raider grades befitting their flagship status.
In SRX guise the new model adopts a black-themed front design to reinforce the tough, no-nonsense appearance of these mid-tier models. Colour-coded bumpers remain whilst inheriting a matching stylised skid plate on the lower apron. Functional black side steps and side mirrors add a rugged touch.
Auto light control incorporating a follow-me-home functionality, is newly added to the specification register. On the interior front, SRX models inherit a 4-speaker touchscreen infotainment system (previously utilised on Raider grade) with Bluetooth and USB interface, all accessible via steering switches; while an accompanying reverse camera bolsters the convenience specification and increases SRX’s value proposition.
SRX models continue to offer a practical blend of work and leisure spec:
rugged 17” alloy wheels using 265/70R17 tyres, remote central locking with auto door lock, power windows, fog lamps, air-conditioning, durable fabric interior trim, multi-information display, tilt-and-telescopic steering and multiple storage binnacles are all part of the standard menu. The airbag complement consists of driver, passenger and driver knee bag. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRC), Trailer Sway Control (TSC) ABS, EBD and Brake Assist all form part of the standard package.
The responsive 2.4 GD-6 powers SRX-badged ‘bakkies’, delivering 110kW @ 3400 rpm and 400Nm between 1600 and 2000rpm. Six-speed transmissions are utilised in both manual and automatic arrangement.
The range-topping Raider models receive a striking chrome grille surround which offsets the black horizontal slats and creates a premium appearance.
The chrome-effect front grille supplements the chrome exterior mirrors
(power-retractable) and door handles.
The multi-dimensional fog lamp garnishes incorporate intersecting horizontal and vertical elements decked out in a matching black – and chromium effect.
The fog lamps themselves utilise LED elements for superb illumination. Full LED headlamps with distinctive LED Daytime Running Light (DRL) bands
complete the front view.
The touchscreen multimedia system in Raider guise has been upgraded to include Satellite Navigation and DVD-playback compatibility. Bluetooth telephony, USB interface and 6-speaker output remain part of the package – all controllable via large, steering-mounted switchgear.
A carry-over from the Dakar limited edition is the new full black interior, complete with black headliner and metallic-black interior trim accents.
Befitting its flagship status, Raider-badged Hilux continues to offer a comprehensive specification level. These include stylish 18” alloy wheels with 265/60R18 tyres, high-grade fabric interior trim, air-conditioned glovebox, leather steering and shift lever, automatic climate control, cruise control, a TFT colour multi-information display, 12 – and 220-volt accessory connectors, rear armrest with cupholders and seven airbags (including curtain and driver knee).
The familiar 2.8 GD-6 four-cylinder diesel engine continues duty in the Raider grade – offering 130 kW and 420 Nm (450 Nm in automatic transmission guise). The throaty 4.0-litre V6 remains on offer, with 175 kW and 376 Nm respectively.
A number of new utility-focused derivatives have been added to the Hilux range across all three bodystyles – in an effort to best serve its diverse customer base.
The work-focused single cab range has been tweaked to align with customer demand, while also serving business clients optimally. The automatic derivative count has been increased with the introduction of the 2.4 GD-6 ‘Raised Body’ SRX in 6-speed automatic guise. The 2.7 VVTi SRX has been discontinued. The SR-grade – which is aimed at fleet and mining customers offering a full safety kit with a lower convenience spec level – has been expanded with the addition of a 2.4 GD-6 Raised Body Manual variant (previously only available in 4×4 configuration).
In response to great market acceptance of the auto-equipped 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 foregoes comfort and luxury specification for functionality and durability.
It utilises robust PVC interior trim, a ‘J-deck’ design (latch-type tailgate with cargo hooks) and 17” steel wheels shod with high-load 225 section-width tyres – to maximise utility. A black bumper and front grille distinguish the S-grade from other Hilux brethren.
Buyers have the choice of a 2.4 GD-6 with 110kW and 400Nm on tap or 2.7 VVTi petrol engine with outputs of 122kW and 245Nm of torque respectively. GD-6 versions are mated to a 6-speed manual transmission whilst the 2.7 receives a 5-speed cog swapper.
The SR double-cab offerings have been expanded to include a 4×2 ‘Raised Body’ model and also adopt the J-deck layout and black bumper exterior design.
Slotting into the middle of the double-cab range is a new ‘Raised Body’
(4×2) variant of the popular 2.4 GD-6 SRX Auto. The previously offered petrol 2.7 VVTi SRX has been discontinued in lieu of the 2.7 VVTi S as highlighted above.
A re-introduction of three Chassis Cab variants is an exciting new development on the Hilux front. They are available in 2.0 VVTi 5MT AC workhorse, 2.4 GD-6 5MT AC workhorse and 2.4 GD-6 6MT SRX 4×4.
The Inferno Orange metallic exterior paint introduced on Dakar has been added to the entire range.
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