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Three new Toyota HiLux variants coming soon

Three new Toyota HiLux variants will arrive towards the end of the year that “boost off-road protection, recovery and functionality”…

THE TOYOTA HILUX finishes 2017 as the best-selling vehicle, not just in its segment, but overall and to celebrate Toyota is rolling out three new variants towards the end of the year. “The three dramatically styled new 4×4 variants – the HiLux Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X – will extend the “unbreakable” reputation of HiLux with features that boost off-road protection, recovery and functionality,” Toyota said.

All three variants clearly take inspiration from the HiLux Tonka shown last year, and while pricing hasn’t been announced, the Rugged X will be the top-spec variant, boasting “a high-tensile alloy bash plate and a winch-compatible hoopless steel bull bar – both of which are compatible with the vehicle’s airbags and other safety systems”.

Toyota HiLux Rugged X

The Rugged X is based on the HiLux SR5 but will sit above it in terms of pricing (the SR5 lists at $54,440+ORC) and adds a black grille with an interlocking honeycomb design and gloss-black surround. It is also equipped with a snorkel, LED driving lights, high-strength front and rear recovery points, rock rails, a load-carrying sports bar and more.

The next variant, the HiLux Rogue will also sit about the SR5 and features a hexagonal upper grille, fresh front bumper and heavily revised fog lamps.

HiLux Rogue

The third new variant, Rugged, features a “functional yet aggressive front-end” design, including a steel bull bar.

HiLux Rugged

 

Toyota Australia’s vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said: “HiLux buyers increasingly demand additional features – in fact, they spend more on accessories than any other vehicle in our range,” Mr Hanley said.

“These new vehicles will enable them to make a statement with advanced toughness, added capability, practical comfort, first-class safety and the in-built strength that makes HiLux the indisputable No. 1,” he said.


Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.