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Toyota New Zealand has broadened its customer appeal for the Hilux range with a new entry level two-wheel drive Hilux grade, the WorkMate, aimed at buyers who need an affordable workhorse backed by the dependability of Toyota.
The new WorkMate replaces the ‘S’ grade as the new entry level with Single Cab chassis and Double Cab variants. It’s available as a two-wheel drive and has a low body height allowing easier on and off loading of equipment and tools.
Toyota New Zealand Chief Operating Officer, Neeraj Lala, said the WorkMate would meet customer demand for an affordable, safe and reliable ute.
“The WorkMate is a true workhorse. It has all the features you need and nothing you don’t,” Mr Lala said.
“The name WorkMate really says it all. It’s more about price, value, and the capability to help you get the job done.”
The WorkMate is powered by the proven 2.7 litre petrol engine. Maximum power of 122kW and maximum torque of 245Nm is transferred to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2.7 litre petrol engine in the WorkMate means no road user charges, cheaper registration and servicing for customers.
The WorkMate comes with the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) package, including a Pre-Collision System with Autonomous Emergency Braking for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert and Road Sign Assist.
The Hilux WorkMate comes with a 2019 5-star ANCAP safety rating, and Hilux with TSS are the only utes in the market currently to have a 2019 rating.
The Hilux WorkMate also has a reversing camera as standard, seven airbags and a 6.1-inch touchscreen audio system.
All the accessories that are available for the 2WD diesel Hilux are also available for the WorkMate grade, meaning you can customise your WorkMate with Toyota Genuine accessories no matter your needs.
The accessory range includes bull bars, nudge bars, towbar packages, tonneau covers, canopies and liners.
Two tray options are available for purchase from Toyota for fitment to the cab-chassis variant. The Toyota Genuine alloy tray features high quality galvanised steel bearers and mounts, while the T Custom Steel and Timber tray is constructed of heavy-duty galvanised steel with a transtex industrial plywood deck.
The Toyota Drive-away pricing includes all on road costs; WOF, registration, a full tank of fuel, the Toyota Care Service Advantage fixed price servicing package, floor mats, and the three years or 100,000 kms warranty.