Toyota Australia has expanded its HiLux range with a new variant specifically developed for the mining sector and for small to medium-size businesses such as plumbers, electricians and other building industry contractors.
Toyota claims the latest HiLux 4×4 SR Double Cab is designed to provide a more flexible, affordable and comfortable workhorse tailored to suit these job requirements, by combining for the first time the cab-chassis body style with a turbo-diesel engine and automatic transmission.
Toyota in Japan developed the vehicle specifically for Australia following feedback from the local company about customer demand for this specification. It lifts the number of HiLux variants in Australia to 23.
The cab-chassis body style is particularly suited to industries needing customised fit-outs that typically include storage lockers and toolboxes, the ability to carry additional spare tyres and water or fuel tanks, right through to full mining specification.
The latest HiLux package retains the Double-Cab’s ability to transport five occupants, while meeting growing driver preference for the five-speed automatic in combination with the venerable 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine.
Mated to the auto transmission, it develops peak torque of 360Nm from just 1400rpm through to 3200rpm. Maximum power is 126kW at 3600rpm, with claimed fuel economy of 8.7 litres/100 km.
Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the development of the new HiLux variant demonstrated the importance of Australia and its customers to the global company.
“This new 4×4 HiLux package has been uniquely developed to meet the demands of workers in the harsh and remote conditions experienced in Australia’s mining and exploration industries,” Mr Cramb said.
“Equally, those attributes make it a rugged, dependable and affordable choice for businesses and individuals around the country, many of whom spend large amounts equipping their HiLux as a workhorse,” he said.
“Our dealers are targeting an overall increase in volume as a direct result of the new variant, ensuring HiLux will continue its extensive record of sales leadership.”
Pricing starts at $43,740 – a saving of $1,500 compared with the identically equipped pick-up version.