20 September 2011 / Vehicles
An updated Toyota Hilux has just been launched in New Zealand with a brand-new variant, improved specification and safety, and a tough new appearance.
Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Sales and Operations, Steve Prangnell said "This is a significant change for Hilux. The improvements we have made now will further strengthen Hilux's reign as New Zealand's most popular light truck."
Since its release, Hilux has been continually updated to offer the size, body styles, power and equipment demanded of a vehicle which doubles as a workhorse and a family car.
Mr Prangnell said "Toyota engineers have travelled around the world to learn about how Hilux is used, in order to develop ways to address the changing demands of our customers. While in New Zealand, they drove our farm tracks, spoke to customers, and then formulated ways to make Hilux even better suited to our unique conditions."
"Our customers were calling for a Hilux that's tougher, more durable, safer and better looking. I believe the truck we're launching today will exceed those expectations," said Mr Prangnell.
A new model has been added to the Hilux range - a standard grade 4WD extra cab ute with a 3.0 litre turbo diesel engine and a five-speed manual transmission.
Hilux now has a more modern and advanced look, while maintaining the tough image that New Zealander's appreciate. The entire front end is new, with a newly designed bumper, grille, headlights, bonnet and fenders.
Inside, Hilux embraces SUV-like comfort and convenience features with a fresh new instrument panel layout, brand new audio units and for SR5 models, climate controlled air conditioning and a touch-screen audio unit.
Side and curtain shield airbags are standard for all 4WD models, while Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) is now standard for all Hilux 4WD double cab and double cab SR5 models.
Upgraded audio units are fitted to all models, giving customers access to advanced Bluetooth connectivity as well as MP3 player input. Hilux SR5 models add a 6.1" touch screen audio unit with features such as album cover art display and reverse camera compatibility.