Special Edition Toyota Hilux Models Released in Australia
Officially, we are jealous. Toyota Australia has announced some sporty additions to its Hilux range. Let’s meet the Toyota Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X… should Toyota Motors South Africa be persuaded to follow the example of their sister firm from Down Under?
Based on the recently facelifted Toyota Hilux which was first seen in Thailand, these badass-looking Hiluxes are rivals to the market shifting from workhorse to a more image-sensitive lifestyle leisure application. Think of Ford and its Ranger Raptor/FX4/Wildtrak, and Isuzu with its Midnight/Serengeti editions. Interestingly, Toyota has used the opportunity to not just bolster the image of its Hilux vehicles, but also increase the bakkie’s offroad protection, functionality and recovery.
The Hilux Rugged X features 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. There’s a new black grille with a bold interlocking honeycomb design and gloss-black surround. It is also equipped with a snorkel for wading, LED driving lights, high-strength front and rear recovery points, rock rails, a load-carrying sports bar and other heavy-duty components.
The Hilux Rogue has a bold, aggressive image and wider appearance created by its hexagonal upper grille, fresh front bumper and heavily revised fog lamps, while the Rugged boasts a functional yet aggressive front-end design, including a premium steel bull bar.
Do you think Toyota South Africa should offer TRD kits or something like these derivatives for its South African customers?