The Toyota Hilux has been the top of the 4WD ute world for a long time, but lacked a chunk of accessories that off-roaders really wanted.
We took a closer look at the new range of up-spec utes.
The latest trend amongst the tight competition of utes is to trick them out with accessories, or even a whole new drivetrain setup to cater to drivers who need a tough, practical and durable work vehicle – but will stand out on site.
Pictured: Toyota Hilux Rogue
The new Hilux range uses the same 2.8L turbo-diesel available in the SR & SR5 utes, and the Rugged and Rugged X also cop new, stiffer suspension to cope with the heavier equipment fitted – this setup is also available on Hiluxes with factory-fitted bull bars.
All sorts – depending on your Hilux.
Toyota has come out swinging with three new utes above their top-of-the-range Hilux SR5 to compete with the influx of hot utes.
The Rugged is the first of the new vehicles – based on the Hilux SR – but featuring more accessories including snorkel, factory-rated recovery points, side rock rails and heavy-duty steel rear bar.
The Rugged X steps up even further for drivers who take their Hilux off-road with winch-compatible heavy-duty steel front bar (with integrated bash plate, LED light bar and driving lights) and a new tub designed to secure 200kg to the floor and 75kg of vertical load on the steel sports bar.
The Rogue combines the recreational off-roading of the Rugged with a step up in gear from the SR5 to pitch as a more lifestyle option. Only available with an automatic transmission, the Rogue comes with hard tonneau cover (over a carpeted tray), sports bar and 18-inch wheels.
Ground clearance is best on the Rugged at 253mm, 251mm on the slightly heavier Rugged X while the Rogue can clear 216mm away from the dirt.
Approach angles sit at 28 degrees for the Rugged and Rugged X and 30 degrees for the Rogue. Corner approach angles are listed at 49 degrees for the Rugged X, 45 degrees for the Rugged and 39 degrees for the Rogue.
Pictured: Toyota Hilux Rugged
All the new Hilux’s are based on existing models in the range, there isn’t much of a change internally. Rugged models get premium fabric (as in the SR), while Rugged X and Rogue models get a leather interior as standard.
The Hilux Rugged starts at $54,990, the Rugged X at $61,690, both with manual transmissions standard. The Rogue is also $61,690 but is only available with an automatic gearbox.
These prices exclude on-road costs such as stamp duty, registration and dealer delivery.
Now – the Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X are available to test drive today.
The team at Motorama Toyota can help get you into the new Hilux range, just speak to the friendly Sales Advisors at either Moorooka or Browns Plains today.
Pictured: Toyota Hilux Rugged X
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