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Toyota touches-up Hilux and Fortuner


  • Wider track, longer bumper, fatter rubber
  • ‘Gym programme’ adds bakkie bulk
  • And a leather bonus if buying a Fortuner
NOSE AND SKIN SURGERY FOR HILUX, FORTUNER: Toyota’s top-selling bakkie (left) and SUV have variously been upgraded just in time for Christmas. Images: Toyota SA

THE TOYOTA HILUX range, one of SA’s favourite vehicles with sales topping 30 000 since February 2016 to now (Nov 2017) has been beefed-up just in time for the Christmas holiday.

Since launch Toyota SA has been monitoring sales and feedback and decided to upgrade its SRX models

The most significant change, Toyota points out, is a change from the narrow-bodied to wide-bodied. “Metaphorically,” the automaker says, “the Hilux SRX has been through a rigorous gym programme and now stands wider and taller.”

BIGGER FEET: The Toyota Fortuner now comes with leather upholstery across the range and new 18″ alloy wheel rims and 265/60 tyres. Images: Toyota SA

Specifically, the change has brought bold over-fenders (as seen on existing Raider models) and a wider front bumper which adds 55mm to the width of both single- and double-cab SRX units (see Shrinking parking slots feature on The Corner)  which are now 1.855m wide).


Xtra-cab models already have this ‘wide-body’ construction so all three shells now have the same exterior width. The exterior mirrors inherit direction indicators but keep their durable matte black treatment and electric adjustment.

The bakkies have also been given wider-track, 17”, alloy wheel rims (previously steel) with 265/65 all-terrain tyres (previously 225/70), wheels shared with the Raider.

As many fitness enthusiasts will testify, it’s all about the gains. Here’s how the SRX now measures up… well, actually everything is still the same except for the extra 55mm across the nose and 40mm wider tread, so we won’t bother.

The bakkie is still powered by a 110kW / 400Nm, 2.4-litre, six-cylinder diesel (or 2.7-litre petrol) engine and the whole Hilux range continues with many configurations, engines and bodies. For more information and prices, visit the Toyota SA website and click on SUV & BAKKIE.


Toyota’s Fortuna SUV, based on the Hilux chassis with either the 2.8 diesel or a four-litre petrol engine, is now equipped with 18” alloy wheel rims, replacing the  17” and fitted with 265/60 tyres. The rims have a distinctive counter-flowing design with a machined finish.

READ MORE Toyota Hilux features on Carman’s Corner

The entry-level 2.7 VVTi and 2.4 GD-6 models will stay with the 17” ‘dual rib’ alloy rims.

Drivers more concerned with cabin luxury than wearing bigger rubber might be more appreciative of the change to standard leather upholstery in the Fortuner.


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