Toyota South Africa has made some changes to its Hilux and Fortuner ranges, adapting to recent trends in the automotive market.
Since the bakkie market seems to be moving away from manual transmissions, the Hilux range has been bolstered with six new automatic transmission derivatives.
The single cab range has been expanded with a new 2.4 GD-6 4×4 SRX 6AT model which joins a pair of newly added 2.8 GD-6 Raider 6AT models in either Raised Body (4×2) or 4×4 configuration. These additions offer utility customers added comfort and convenience, whilst also cutting down on wear and tear of clutches in heavy-duty applications.
The Xtra cab line-up is supplemented with two new ‘self-shifters’, which sees the pairing of the 130 kW 2.8 GD-6 engine and Raider trim level, with a 6-speed automatic transmission in both 4×2 and 4×4 guise.
Completing the Hilux model additions, is a new double-cab variant, offering the stout 110 kW, 400 Nm 2.4 litre GD-6 mill linked to a four-wheel drive transaxle and 6-speed auto in mid-grade SRX specification.
Thanks to some customer feedback, some changes were made to the interior as well. The previously employed fabric door armrests have been replaced by highly durable and hard-wearing padded urethane. Piano Black door trim provides the finishing touch. Raider models receive an upgrade from a fabric-adorned centre console lid to a new soft-touch leather version.
In terms of safety, single cab SRX, Xtra-Cab SRX and single cab Raider models receive a substantial upgrade in Active safety with the inclusion of Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) also incorporating Hill Assist Control (HAC) and Trailer Sway Control (TSC).
Newly added fog lamps enhance night-time visibility on all SRX variants (single cab, Xtra-cab & DC).
The rest of the flagship Raider models are not excluded, receiving an injection of both style and convenience. All Raider derivatives are now fitted with stylish dual tri-spoke 18” alloy-wheels with 265-60-R18 all-terrain tyres completing the rolling stock package.
In addition, new LED headlamps offer incredibly powerful illumination of the road ahead. Featuring a distinctive Daytime Running Light (DRL) band which extends outwards from the top grille slat, a strong unified frontal appearance is created. LED fog lamps and auto levelling complete the light set. A 220V power outlet has also been included on double cab Raider models.
Sure to appeal to adventurers, is the addition of a 220V power outlet to Double cab Raider models.
On the Fortuner side, it’s basically the same thing. The two specification grades and three engine variants remain. A 2,4l turbocharged diesel automatic has been added to the range.
Utilising the proven 110 kW and 400 Nm 2.4 GD-6 four-cylinder mill, the newcomer returns a frugal 8.2 litre per 100-kilometre fuel index, with CO2 emissions pegged at 217 g/km. Boasting an 80-litre fuel tank, this equates to a range of over 900 kilometres on a single fill.
The 2.4 GD-6 and 2.7 models receive a safety spec bolstering, with the addition of side and curtain airbags (over and above the dual front airbags and driver knee airbag).
The 2.8 GD-6 and V6 models’ standard specification now includes an electrically-operated tailgate and 220V accessory connector. An added touch of modernity is afforded with the change from Halogen fog lamps to the LED variety – creating uniformity with the Bi-LED headlamps.
The 2.8 GD-6 and V6 models top up the spec list with Automatic Climate Control, reverse camera, touchscreen audio, leather-and-wood steering wheel, additional soft-touch finishes, electric driver seat adjustment and full- colour TFT multi-information display.