Toyota has added a 'cab and a half' to its Hilux range… enter the new Toyota Hilux Xtra Cab. Buy a car like this and you have an 'in-between version' of a Single and Double Cab Hilux bakkie. The Xtra Cab offers 500 mm more cabin space than the Single Cab in the form of lidded boxes masquerading as bum rests behind the tilt and slide front seats. With a history of successful sale after successful sale here in South Africa (over 860 000 Hilux units sold over the past 33 years), Toyota says it is sure this new addition to the Hilux range is going to excel on the showroom floor.
The 2-door Toyota Hilux Xtra Cab is available in two different engine versions with either SRX or Raider trims. From the outside, the Hilux Xtra Cab looks similar to its Double Cab sibling (minus two doors) including a chromed trim on the grille, updated wheel rims, a rear-bumper step and aluminium side steps. Other specifications include a LED high level stop lamp at the back and a double skinned load box which is 1804 mm long, compared to 2315 mm on the Single Cab and 1520 on the Double Cab variant. In line with the rest of the Hilux range, the new Xtra Cab bears an updated 'Toyota look'. In front is a sleeker design complete with a new bonnet with a clearly defined centre bulge, a revised grille, fog lights, restyled headlights and front bumper. The Toyota Hilux Xtra Cab comes standard with 15 inch steel wheels or a choice of 17 inch alloys in the higher spec'd trim.
The big draw card of the Hilux Xtra Cab is obviously the stretched interior cabin. The extra storage space located directly behind the front seats can be used for the safe and secure storage of valuables and equipment. Access to this area is easy thanks to tilt and slide front seats. Additionally, the Hilux Xtra Cab (in Raider trim) is equipped with an air conditioner, electrically adjustable windows and exterior mirrors, a height adjustable steering wheel, remote fuel flap release, auxiliary input for audio/USB and iPod, an audio and multi-information display unit (with steering controls) and Radio/CD and MP3 player. Other specifications featured are cruise control, Bluetooth compatibility, door storage pockets and a leather steering wheel and gear lever knob.
The Toyota Hilux Xtra Cab is available as either a 2.5 D-4D SRX, a 3.0 D-4D Raised Body Raider (4x2 version) or a 3.0 D-4D 4x4 Raider (4x4 version). According to Toyota, the 3.0 D-4D engine has proven itself in all conditions, ranging from the dry and dusty areas of Southern Africa to the extreme cold of Antarctica. Buy a car like this and you'll get 120 kW at 3400 rpm and 343 Nm of torque between 1400 and 3200 rpm. The 3.0 D-4D is also no stranger to tough towing, thanks to its turbo charger, intercooler and excellent ground clearance of 212 mm.
When it comes to safety and security, Toyota seems to have thought of it all. The Hilux Xtra Cab is fitted with Anti-lock brakes, two crash bags and side-impact protection. When venturing into 'unknown' territory extra peace of mind is at hand with remote central locking and an immobiliser available as standard.
If you're the owner of a business that demands a no nonsense and tough workhorse with an added benefit of extra interior storage/work space, then the Toyota Hilux Xtra Cab may just be the bakkie for you. With obvious benefits of claiming VAT back and owning a business asset with a lowered tax liability, the Hilux Xtra Cab fills a niche in the Hilux market not seen before. The Hilux Xtra Cab is sold with a five-year or 90 000km service plan, a three-year or 100 000km warranty and roadside assistance.