Toyota HiLux scores safety and convenience technology

  2011 Toyota HiLux SR5 Double Cab 4x4 Turbo Diesel

Toyota has enhanced its popular HiLux ute by decking out the Double Cab variants with new safety and convenience technology. The latest update enables all 4×4 HiLux variants to achieve a maximum 5-star ANCAP safety rating, thanks to the standard fitment of stability and traction control, brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution. Stability control was previously a $1,500 option on the 4×4 mid-range SR model.

A front passenger seat-belt reminder is also part of the package and for Double Cabs, a three-point seatbelt for the centre-rear passenger.

A new 5-speed automatic transmission now replaces the old 4-speed auto, improving fuel economy and emissions on the 4×4 turbo-diesel HiLux by more than 6 per cent to 8.7L/100km and 230g/km respectively.

Toyota HiLux ute

HiLux Double Cabs also benefit from a host of other improvements, including new 6.1-inch audio display, auxiliary and USB inputs, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, plus audio control switches on the steering wheel.

For HiLux SR and SR5, the steering-wheel controls operate a multi-information display (MID), telephone and voice recognition.

The MID, viewed on a liquid crystal display, shows current and average fuel economy, average vehicle speed, cruising range, outside temperature, a compass and time. This feature is new to SR, as are the Optitron dials for speed, engine revs and fuel tank/coolant temperature.

Toyota HiLux interior

As part of the changes, HiLux 4X4 SR5 Extra Cab was upgraded to a 17″ alloy wheel (from 15″ alloy). SR 4×4 variants gained a 225/70 17-inch all-terrain tyre.

Double and Extra Cab versions are distinguished by a black interior while Single Cab’s cabin features black and grey tones.

Price changes with the expanded feature list are limited to between 1.2 and just under 3.0 per cent. The entry price for the HiLux range remains from $18,990+, with 4×2 Double Cabs now priced from $27,490+ and 4×4 Double Cabs from $40,990+.

Leather-accented seats are newly offered as a $1,500+ option on 4×4 SR5 turbo-diesel Double Cab pick-ups, and includes power adjustment for the driver’s seat.

Toyota HiLux pick up

Fourteen models in the range are fitted with the most popular HiLux engine – the 126kW/343Nm 3.0-litre common-rail diesel with electronic direct injection and a variable-vane turbocharger.

Three diesel variants gain the fuel-economy benefit of a five-speed automatic transmission in lieu of the previous four-speed unit. The remaining 11 diesels are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

Customers wanting the 175kW/376Nm 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine can choose from four vehicles – three Double Cabs and an Extra Cab, all with a five-speed automatic transmission.

A further four vehicles are fitted with a 116kW/240Nm 2.7-litre four-cylinder petrol engine – Workmate Double and Single Cabs with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.

Every new HiLux is covered by the capped-price Toyota Service Advantage at a maximum of $170 per service for the first 3 years or 60,000km (up to the first 6 services).

HiLux 4×2


ModelPrice (Excl. on-roads)Change
2.7-litre 4-cylinder petrol Workmate manual$27,490+$500
2.7-litre 4-cylinder petrol Workmate automatic$29,740+$750
3.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel SR manual$33,990+$1,000
4.0-litre V6 petrol SR automatic$38,490+$1,000
4.0-litre V6 petrol SR5 automatic$45,990+$1,000

HiLux 4×4


ModelPrice (Excl. on-roads)Change
3.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel SR manual$40,990+$500



ModelPrice (Excl. on-roads)Change
3.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel SR manual$42,490+$500
3.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel SR automatic$45,240+$750
3.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel SR5 manual$51,740+$750
3.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel SR5 automatic$54,490+$1,000
4.0-litre V6 petrol SR5 automatic$54,490+$1,000

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