Toyota Hilux SRX Models Receive an Upgrade
The Toyota Hilux range remains one of SA’s favourite vehicles, with the new model having racked up over 30 000 units since introduction in February this year. Topping sales charts on a consistent basis, the monthly sales figures are testament to South African’s love, respect and trust for the ‘bakkie’.
The vehicle market can be a strange beast, with varying trends, buying patterns and market forces shaping it. To this end Toyota has analysed the market carefully and as the company prides itself on being customer-focused, conducted in-depth customer research. As a result of this approach, Toyota is pleased to introduce the upgraded Hilux SRX models.
The most significant change comes in the form of the change from the previous ‘narrow- body’ design to the new ‘wide-body’ construction. Metaphorically speaking, the Hilux SRX has been subjected to a rigorous gym exercise programme, with the result that it now stands wider, taller and more prominent.
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.
Inch-up Alloy Wheels
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.
As many fitness enthusiasts will testify to, it’s all about the gains…In this regard the ‘pumped-up’ SRX’s vital stats definitely measure up.
At a glance:
Single Cab SRX
Double Cab SRX
A Balanced Lifestyle
The latest round of upgrades to the Hilux SRX, positions it to occupy a unique space in the LCV market.
Whilst 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 perfectly complements the sublimely 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.
A Model for All
The model line-up remains as per current with a multitude of configurations, engines and body-shapes, ensuring that there is a Hilux for all.
FORTUNER BRINGS MORE BLING
18” Wheels of Fortune(r)
It can be argued that alloy wheels make one of the most significant contributions to a vehicle’s aesthetics.
On this note, all 2.8 GD-6 and 4.0 V6 Fortuner models are now equipped with striking 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.
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