The Toyota Hilux has remained at the top end of sales charts since its launch earlier this year, having sold over 30 000 units since its introduction in February. The sales success of the Hilux is testament to South African’s love, respect and trust for this bakkie and also makes it one of the most important models on sale in South Africa.
Toyota have studied this buying trend and have been able to figure out exactly what the customers want and in response to this they have launched upgraded Hilux SRX models.
The most significant improvement is the change from the previous narrow body design to the new wide body construction. The result is that the SRX now stands wider, taller and more prominent.
The change to the wide-configuration, brings with it bold, integrated over-fenders, as seen on existing Raider models, paired with a wider front bumper design adding 55mm to the width of the single-cab and double-cab SRX derivatives.
Xtra-cab models already boast the wide-body construction, and as such all three body shapes now share the same exterior width dimension.
Side mirrors inherit turn signal lamps, whilst retaining the durable matte black treatment and electric adjustment.
The enlarged bodywork is backed up by a change to wider-track 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 265/65/R17 all-terrain rubber, in the place of the previous steel wheels.
The upgrades to the SRX derivatives mean that this bakkie retains its go-anywhere, do-anything utility credentials, but now offers the enhanced exterior styling of the premium Hilux models, which is sure to appeal to customers who do not buy bakkies for work purposes only.
The exterior now perfectly complements the capable 110kW, 400NM, 2.4-litre GD-6 engine or the 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 , and look good while doing so.
All the changes to these models are now offered without any increase in pricing compared to the previous models, allowing Toyota to offer the leisure market a new Hilux at a lower entry price point.
Although less significant, the Fortuner has also been given some updates. All 2.8 GD-6 and 4.0 V6 Fortuner models are now equipped with striking 18-inch alloy wheels. Replacing the previously employed 17-inch 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.
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. The changes to the Fortuner were also done without affecting pricing of these models.