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Toyota Hilux puts on aggressive attire Down Under


Having made its international debut in Thailand two months ago, Toyota is set to bolster the Hilux range Down Under with not only the introduction of the mid-life facelift model, but also three new derivatives based on the top trim SR5 double cab 4x4.

Claimed to serve a particular buyer preference, all three models are however expected to retain the 2.8-litre GD-6 turbodiesel engine, again linked to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox. A more powerful TRD version, likely to rival the forthcoming Ford Ranger Raptor, is reportedly being mulled and will accordingly be more than just an appearance package as with current model launched in March last year.

Starting the new range off, the simply titled Rogue appears to take inspiration from the Thai-market Rocco, and mainly features black alloy wheels, redesigned fog lights, black sports bar and a black grille.

Upping the ante, the off-road focused Rugged get a heavy duty steel bull bumper integrated into front bumper, black door mouldings and a snorkel, while the top spec Rugged X adds a menacing black honeycomb grille, alloy skidplate, front and rear tow hooks, a winch compatible steel front bumper, rock sliders, load optimised sports bar and LED driving lights.

No pricing has yet been announced and it remains open to speculation as to whether Toyota South Africa will deem it suitable to bring any of the three models to market when the facelift standard Hilux debuts.        

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