Toyota confirms price for mild hybrid HiLux range

Toyota’s updated “mild hybrid” HiLux range, which features 48-volt technology on select 4×4 double-cab automatic models, will be priced from $54,130 for the SR cab chassis when it goes on sale in March.

The new fuel-saving powertrain technology – now known as V-Active Technology – will be optional on SR 4×4 double-cab automatic variants and standard on SR5 and Rogue 4×4 double cab automatic versions.

In a HiLux-first, all models fitted with V-Active Technology also feature Toyota’s Multi-Terrain Select off-road system (MTS), that offers six selectable modes to help improve traction in a range of conditions.

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When in high range, MTS can be configured in Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow and Auto modes, while switching to low range offers Sand, Mud, Auto and Rock modes to provide the ideal mix of traction control in any situation.

While standard features have improved, the SR 4×4 double cab models with V-Active Technology also gain dual-zone automatic climate control, auto up-down windows, and smart entry and start, for example, prices are also going up.

The HiLux SR5 4×4 double cab automatic variant is now priced at $60,580, but gains a wireless charger and two rear USB-C charging ports, while the Rogue grabs the same, rising to $71,530.

The V-Active Technology setup, or mild hybrid if you prefer, provides an improvement of up to approximately 10 per cent in fuel economy compared to variants equipped with the standard 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine.

Two stop-start settings are available, consisting of ‘Normal’ and ‘Long’ mode. Long mode keeps the engine switched off for longer than a typical internal-combustion powertrain. Re-starting the engine on inclines is also exceptionally smooth.

V-Active Technology also provides improved performance, with energy stored in the battery used to provide additional powertrain output when accelerating and helping reduce the load on the engine in areas of the rev range with lesser efficiency.

To ensure the system remains compatible with the rugged off-road nature of the HiLux, the motor generator unit has been positioned high in the engine bay to allow for successful and safe water crossings.

A two-arm belt tensioner and high-strength rib side fabric belt help ensure strong reliability with improved slip resistance in wet conditions. As revealed previously, all HiLux grades except for WorkMate and SR single-cab gain a front-end visual upgrade.

This includes new front bumpers, a honeycomb mesh grille and on SR5 grades, dark-finish LED headlamps. Further dark elements are added to the SR5 including gloss black exterior mirrors and door handles, a darkened rear bumper and a powder-coated black sports bar.

All pick-up variants provide additional convenience with the fitment of a tailgate damper with lift assist, consisting of a gas strut and steel cable, which replaces the existing steel bracket.

SR double-cab pick-ups with automatic transmissions add front and rear parking sensors for extra assistance when navigating tight spaces.

Other prices include SR double-cab pickup at $56,210, and the SR5 double-cab pickup at $63,260. All prices are plus on-roads. For further information on any of the new Toyota HiLux models, contact your local dealership.

If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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