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2018 Toyota HiLux Range Expansion

  • Three new halo HiLux models – Rugged X, Rugged and Rogue
  • Rugged X/Rugged deliver ultimate off-road protection and functionality
  • Rogue styled and equipped for urban adventurers

Toyota has given its HiLux a serious dose of style, refinement and rugged off-road prowess with the launch of the new 4×4 double cab Rugged X, Rogue and Rugged models.

The three new hero models of Australia’s best-selling vehicle have been designed and developed in Australia with support from Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan and Toyota in Thailand.

Toyota Australia’s vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the three new halo models have been designed to meet the demands of Australian customers and Australian conditions and build on the “Unbreakable” reputation of HiLux.

“Designed and developed over a three-year vehicle program, all the new components on these stunning HiLux models are fully integrated and engineered into the core vehicle and covered by the standard factory warranty.

“The Rugged X, Rogue and Rugged are not accessorised special editions, they are fully fledged new HiLux models that our customers demanded and we can be justifiably proud that they were designed and developed here in Australia,” he said.

“These three new HiLux heroes give customers a bold new choice in the market whether they are looking for a stylish and refined top-end ute for work and play or need enhanced protection, functionality and recovery capability for serious off-roading,” Mr Hanley said.

“We know that the average HiLux customer already spends over $2000 on accessories for their vehicles so we looked at what those needs were from both a capability and style perspective and developed a raft of new features for HiLux.

As the new top-of-the-range HiLux fully equipped for off-road adventures straight out the showroom, the Rugged X is priced from $61,690* in manual guise and $63,690* as an automatic.

The style leading automatic-only HiLux Rogue is priced from $61,690*. Blending the best of off-road and on-road protective and functional features, the HiLux SR-based Rugged offers superb value and is priced from $54,990* as a manual with the six-speed automatic option adding $2000*.

With its off-road focus, the Rugged X builds on the SR5 on which it is based with a host of protective, functional and recovery features.

At the front, the winch-compatible heavy-duty steel front bar with integrated bash plate, LED lightbar and driving lights provides effective off-road protection and, together with the new design grille, gives the Rugged X a striking and tough aesthetic.

Further protective and recovery features include a snorkel, purposeful side rock rails that are able to support a fully laden vehicle, front and rear recovery points and a new heavy-duty steel rear bar and integrated tow bar.

The rear tub of the Rugged X has also been designed for functionality with a new steel sports bar that can support a vertical load of 75kg and, with multiple tie down points, secure up to 200kg on the floor of the tub.

Inside, the new Rugged X delivers all the comfort and style of a premium double cab ute, including leather-accented seats.

A new design instrument cluster, metallic black ornamentation and black headlining complete the interior design theme.

The new HiLux Rogue has been designed with a more urban adventurer customer in mind and features redesigned front and rear ends that reflect Toyota’s global truck design DNA.

Designed in Australia and developed in conjunction with the Toyota engineering team in Thailand, the HiLux Rogue is a stylish premium HiLux model that will be sold in markets around the world.

The new more vertical front end and outboard driving lights give the vehicle a strong assertive appearance that is complemented by clean lines and a neat rear bumper – all with a contemporary black and grey colour palette.

The tub also gains the same practical and stylish sports bar as all the new HiLux models along with a bespoke hard tonneau cover for added protection and security.

As a premium model, the Rogue also gains the same interior features and trim as the Rugged X.

The new Rugged model is based on the HiLux SR and is aimed at customers who want the extra functionality and features of the Rugged X but with the protection offered by a traditional steel bullbar.

Like the Rugged X, the Rugged also features a snorkel, redesigned grille, side rock rails, sports bar and heavy-duty steel rear bar together recovery points.

All three new HiLux models share the same mechanical specifications as the SR5 or SR models on which they are based and are powered by a proven, strong and efficient 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine.

Driving through a part-time, shift-on-the-fly 4×4 system with a full set of low-range ratios, the engine generates maximum power of 130kW and 450Nm of torque with the optional six-speed automatic transmission or 420Nm when mated to the six-speed manual gearbox.

HILUX HEROES MODEL BY MODEL

Toyota’s three new 4×4 HiLux models take Australia’s best-selling vehicle in 2017 to a whole new level of strength and style. With the Rugged X and Rugged set to satisfy those who hanker for serious off-road adventure and the Rogue complementing its double-cab practicality with a refined sense of urban style, all three new HiLux models feature an extensive array of exterior and interior design and equipment enhancements.

HiLux Rugged X

Based on the HiLux SR5 double-cab, the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel Rugged X is offered with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

New features for the Rugged X include:

Exterior
• 17″ ‘Tough’ alloys
• Heavy-duty steel front bar and bash plate
• Rugged grille design
• LED light bar and spread beam driving lights
• Front and rear recovery points
• Heavy-duty steel rear bar with integrated step
• Side rock rails
• Snorkel
• Towball & tongue
• 7-pin flat trailer wiring harness
• Black wheelarch and body side mouldings
• Functional black sports bar with multiple tie-down points
• Tub liner with tailgate protection
• Gloss black exterior mirror caps and door handles
• Matt black tail lamp surround
• Black tailgate handle with integrated camera
• Dark grey ‘HiLux’ badges and Rugged X decals

Interior
• Black perforated leather-accented seats
• Metallic black ornamentation
• Black roof headliner
• Front and rear all-weather floor mats
• New design instrument cluster with white illumination and orange needles

RUGGED X TAKES HILUX WELL BEYOND THE BEATEN TRACK

  • Fully integrated off-road protection and recovery features
  • Premium and comfortable interior

The new Toyota HiLux Rugged X takes the ute’s “Unbreakable” strength and reputation for off-road prowess to a new level with a host of off-road protection, recovery and functional features and a bold new style to match.

All the new features of the Rugged X were developed locally by Toyota’s Melbourne-based engineering and design teams specifically for Australia’s harsh off-road environment with support from Toyota in Japan and Thailand.

The Rugged X delivers a more aggressive aesthetic and heavy-duty functional features that underpin its distinctive character as the HiLux designed to work hard and play hard.

Toyota Australia’s product planning and development general manager, Rod Ferguson said the Rugged X was undeniably aimed at customers with an appetite for off-road adventure.

“There is no doubt about the appeal of the dramatic visual style of the new Rugged X, but it’s far more than a styling exercise,” Mr Ferguson said.

“Features like the new heavy-duty steel front bar, rock rails and high-strength recovery points have all been developed and fully engineered to completely integrate with the vehicle and are designed to allow owners the ultimate off-road adventure straight out of the showroom.”

Based on the popular HiLux SR5 4×4 double-cab, the Rugged X shares its mechanical specifications with that vehicle including its 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine. Offering plenty of performance, the engine generates a maximum power of 130kW and 450Nm with the optional six-speed automatic transmission or 420Nm when mated to the six-speed manual gearbox.

But that is where the similarities end.

New features for ultimate off-road protection and purpose

At the front end, the Rugged X presents a face that epitomises the strength of the HiLux with a large honeycomb grille supported by the all-new winch-compatible steel front bar, complete with a fully integrated LED light bar and spread beam driving lights.

Made from black powder-coated high-tensile pressed and fabricated steel, the new front bar is complemented by a 5mm thick high tensile alloy bash plate that provides superb protection without significant weight compromises.

The new front bar and bash plate structure is fully integrated into the front end design of the Rugged X, ensuring complete compatibility with all safety systems and airbags. The front suspension has also been fitted with uprated springs to support the extra mass.

In order to provide outstanding night vision, the new steel front bar features a centrally mounted 66cm LED light bar – the first time such equipment has been fitted as original equipment in the segment – and two spread-beam outboard LED driving lights.

With 24 individual LEDs producing a combined maximum of 120 watts, the light bar together with the 20 watt driving lights, delivers a significantly broader and brighter spread of light than the standard SR5 high beam.

Located beneath the front bar and integrated into the chassis of the HiLux Rugged X are a pair of easily accessible and easy-to-find red painted recovery points*, that are matched at the rear.

The front and rear recovery points are made from 20mm thick steel plate with a large cross-vehicle bracing structure for strength and are fixed into the chassis rails with high tensile bolts. Both the front and rear recovery points have been tested in a variety of recovery situations and can accommodate an 8000kg snatch strap or 9000lb winch.

At the rear, a new heavy duty steel rear bar with a large step is fully integrated with the tow bar assembly and recovery points and protects the vehicle in off-road conditions thanks to its sheer strength and clever design to improve corner approach angles.

Complete with a standard tow ball, tongue and fully installed 7-pin flat wiring harness, the Rugged X is fully equipped to drive away towing a boat, off-road trailer or caravan with the manual version rated to a braked towing capacity of 3500kg and the automatic rated to 3200kg**.

Further body protection and design appeal in the HiLux Rugged X is provided by the black wheelarch and body side mouldings with the former accommodating newly developed 17″ alloy wheels fitted with high profile 265/65 R17 tyres.

Visually tying in the front and rear of the Rugged X is an all-new feature for HiLux, a pair of heavy duty rock rails that take the place of traditional side steps.

Made from chassis-mounted steel tubing that is black powder coated for durability, the rock rails are designed to protect the sills and underbody and are able to support a fully laden vehicle.

They are also fitted with a pair of tread plates to assist getting in and out of the HiLux in slippery conditions.

While many of the new components have been designed and engineered with increased off-road protection in mind, Toyota engineers and designers have also looked to improve functionality, wherever the road or track goes, and this is clearly evident in the large tub.

Protected by a moulded liner, the tub of the HiLux Rugged X is fitted with a sports bar. Unlike many sports bars however, the four-piece steel structure fitted to the Rugged X is for more than just good looks and is a floor-mounted, load-bearing structure that provides multiple tie-down points.

The sports bar is capable of supporting a vertical load of up to 75kg, or securing up to 200kg of camping gear, sports equipment or other essentials for an off-road adventure.

Further functionality comes in the form of the fully fitted snorkel designed specifically for HiLux to ensure optimum airflow to the engine in dusty conditions or when tackling deep river crossings.

The various functional features developed for the new Rugged X not only provide the vehicle with outstanding off-road prowess but also give the HiLux a rugged dynamic aesthetic.

This is further enhanced with a black gloss treatment for the exterior mirror caps and door handles and matte black surrounds for the tail lamps that all create a distinctive stark contrast to the new exclusive Inferno Orange paint colour.

In addition to this bright metallic colour that is only available for Rugged X, Rugged and Rogue HiLux models, the Rugged X is also offered in Glacier White, Crystal Pearl, Silver Sky, Graphite and Eclipse Black exterior colours***.

Premium interior delivers comfort and convenience whatever the conditions

Reflecting the purposeful exterior, the new HiLux Rugged X features an enhanced interior with premium materials and colours designed to offer the optimum balance of style and functionality.

The black leather-accented seats feature a perforated centre section with contrast stitching for a premium feel while the standard front seat heating provides welcome respite on chilly mornings in the outback. The driver seat also offers 8-way power adjustment (slide, recline, height and tilt) with the front passenger position featuring a manually adjustable seat.

Complementing the practical black upholstery is metallic black ornamentation for doors, steering wheel, gear lever and centre console and a black headlining.

The HiLux Rugged X also features a newly-designed Combi Meter instrument cluster incorporating speedometer, tacho and 4.2″ multi-information display that features a dark dial plate with orange needles and white illumination.

The vehicle’s premium infotainment system functions are displayed on a large 7″ display and include full Satellite Navigation^, AM/FM and DAB Radio^^, a single slot CD player, USB/AUX# and Bluetooth® connectivity##, voice recognition and the Toyota Link° app suite that is compatible with a range of iPhone and Android smartphones.

To complete the convenience offering, the HiLux Rugged X also comes standard with a Smart Key system enabling keyless entry and start.

HiLux Rogue

Based on the HiLux SR5 double-cab, the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel Rogue is offered with a six-speed automatic transmission.

New features for the Rogue include:

Exterior
• 18″ ‘Rogue’ alloys
• Premium new style front bumper
• Rogue grille design
• Grey-painted rear bumper with larger step
• Towball & tongue
• 7-pin flat trailer wiring harness
• Functional black sports bar with multiple tie-down points
• Body-coloured hard tonneau cover
• Marine-grade carpet tub liner
• Gloss black exterior mirror caps and door handles
• Black tailgate handle with integrated camera
• Dark grey ‘HiLux’ badges and Rogue decals

Interior
• Black perforated leather-accented seats
• Metallic black ornamentation
• Black roof headliner
• Front and rear carpet floor mats
• New design instrument cluster with white illumination and orange needles

HILUX ROGUE DELIVERS URBANE STYLE AND ADVENTUROUS SUBSTANCE

  • Top-end HiLux designed in Australia for a global market
  • Refined and sporty exterior style for urban adventurers
  • Premium interior features for added comfort and convenience

The new Toyota HiLux Rogue delivers a whole new level of style, backed by plenty of proven substance, to the recreational ute market.

Toyota Australia’s product planning and development general manager Rod Ferguson said Rogue was the perfect expression of a vehicle designed for adventurous weekends away while being equally at home for the weekday commute into the city.

“Whether it’s the snow, a waterski weekend or a bit of high country mountain biking, the Rogue maintains all the HiLux 4×4 credentials to get you there and back,” Mr Ferguson said.

“At the same time, the bold new front and rear end design, clean lines and premium interior means that you will be doing it with a new sense of sophisticated style.”

HiLux Rogue is based on the HiLux SR5 4×4 double-cab model and is powered by a strong 130kW/450Nm 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

As a new range-leading model, it takes its style and sophistication to an altogether higher level.

The new premium HiLux model combines the best of Toyota off-road capability with a new sophisticated urbane style designed by the Melbourne-based product design team and developed in conjunction with Toyota engineers in Thailand.

Global design DNA for a global product

HiLux Rogue was designed in Australia as a global product to be tailored and sold in various markets around the world. It is the basis for the HiLux Rocco that is available in Thailand.

Over the course of a three-year development process for the Rogue, the local Toyota designers settled on a strong bold theme that reflects Toyota’s global truck DNA.

To achieve the new bold look, the front end was completely redesigned with a stronger, more upright profile. A large trapezoidal grille with a honeycomb insert and outboard LED fog lamps help give the Rogue a broad stance and imposing presence on the road.

Surrounding the fog lamps are newly designed bezels finished in a high gloss metallic colour to create a more aggressive aesthetic.

The strength in profile is accentuated with a solid side presence highlighted by gloss black exterior mirror caps and door handles and underpinned by new design black 18-inch alloy wheels fitted with 265/60 R18 tyres.

The newly adopted rear bumper features a larger step and grey-painted inserts to match the front end while a towball and tongue and 7-pin wiring harness are fitted standard to complement the 3200kg braked towing capacity*.

Reflecting the cleaner style of the overall vehicle, the rear end does away with the traditional large HiLux decal with branding detailed by a combination of subtle and stylish decals and badges at the top of the tailgate.

The functional sports bar adds far more than visual appeal and is securely floor-mounted into the Rogue’s tub and can support a vertical load of 75kg or secure up to 200kg on the tub floor via multiple tie-down points.

The stylish aesthetic is further enhanced by the bespoke hard tonneau cover that neatly integrates with the new black sports bar adding practical protection and security.

The hard tonneau cover incorporates a light for the tub and is fully integrated with the central locking system.

In keeping with its more upmarket positioning, the Rogue also features a new type of tub liner made from an ultra-durable marine grade material on a soft foam base that has been designed to perfectly fit within the tub.

Premium features and trim are all class

Inside, the Rogue combines a host of premium equipment, trim and design features to lift the ambience and give it a classy feel.

The polypropylene carpet-like material is UV and water resistant, ensuring long-term durability and easy cleaning.

Mirroring the black colour theme of the exterior, the cabin features new black perforated leather-accented seats, metallic black ornamentation for the doors, centre console and shift lever and a black headliner for the roof of the cabin.

The front seats are heated and the driver position also features eight-way power adjustment for slide, recline, height and tilt.

Front and rear carpet floor mats complete the refined interior.

The Rogue features a redesigned instrument cluster with the Combi Meter – speedometer, tacho and 4.2″ multi-information display – comprising a dark dial plate with orange needles and white illumination.

The premium infotainment system that displays on a large 7″ display includes full Satellite Navigation^, AM/FM and DAB Radio^^, a single slot CD player, USB/AUX# and Bluetooth® connectivity##, voice recognition and the Toyota Link° app suite that is compatible with a range of iPhone and Android smartphones.

Added convenience comes in the form of a Smart Key system that allows keyless locking and unlocking and engine start and stop.

The polypropylene carpet-like material is UV and water resistant, ensuring long-term durability and easy cleaning.

HiLux Rugged

Based on the HiLux SR double-cab, the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel Rugged is offered with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

New features for the Rugged include:

Exterior
• 17″ ‘Tough’ alloys
• Premium steel bullbar
• Rugged grille design
• Heavy-duty steel rear bar with integrated step
• Towbar, towball & tongue
• 7-pin flat trailer wiring harness
• Rear recovery points
• Side rock rails
• Black body side mouldings
• Snorkel
• Functional black sports bar with multiple tie-down points
• Tub liner with tailgate protection
• Black tailgate handle with integrated camera
• Dark grey ‘HiLux’ badges and Rugged decals

Interior
• Satellite navigation^
• DAB+ radio^^
• Front and rear all-weather floor mats

HILUX RUGGED BLENDS THE BEST FOR ON AND OFF-ROAD VERSATILITY

  • Aussie designed and engineered protection and functional features
  • Full frontal bullbar protection for country driving
  • Hardwearing tub with heavy-duty practical sports bar

Rugged by name and rugged by nature, the third new HiLux model provides the optimum balance of on and off-road protection and functionality for a variety of conditions and environments.

By combining the full functionality of a traditional bullbar with enhanced protection and recovery features, the Rugged is the perfect 4×4 workhorse or go-anywhere weekend warrior.

Like its new Rugged X stablemate, all the new features for Rugged were designed and engineered by Toyota Australia’s product planning and development division to suit harsh country and outback conditions.

Division general manager Rod Ferguson said the Rugged was designed for customers who wanted enhanced off-road capability and protection for a variety of environments.

“Rugged X offers a traditional bullbar for customers who do a lot of country driving while offering new locally developed off-road protection, recovery and functional features,” Mr Ferguson said.

The new Rugged shares its mechanical specifications with the HiLux SR and is powered by a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine producing 130kW and 450Nm with the optional six-speed automatic transmission or 420Nm when mated to the six-speed manual gearbox.

At the front, the ute’s aggressive styling is dominated by a premium proven steel bullbar that integrates with the Hilux front end and provides full compatibility with all the vehicle’s safety systems.

Constructed from high-tensile steel that has been black powder coated for durability, the winch-compatible bullbar incorporates LED driving lights, centre and corner undershields, mounts for two antennas and additional driving lights.

Behind the bullbar the newly styled grille, finished in gloss black, features a bold interlocking honeycomb design that complements the mesh panel in the lower section of the bullbar.

The Rugged is also fitted with additional side body protection with body side mouldings and heavy-duty rock rails to protect the vehicle sills and underbody from damage in extreme off-road situations.

The rock rails are constructed from chassis mounted steel tubing and are designed to support a fully laden vehicle. They also feature plastic tread plates to allow easy access to the roof of the vehicle.

New design black 17-inch wheels give the Rugged a purposeful appearance and are fitted with high profile 265/65 R17 tyres.

At the rear the HiLux Rugged delivers an equally tough aesthetic and functionality with a new heavy-duty steel rear bar. Finished in black powder coat, it features a large step and tow bar, ball and tongue and 7-pin wiring harness to provide a braked towing capacity* of up to 3500kg for the manual version with the automatic rated to 3200kg.

To help get out of extreme situations, the vehicle is also fitted with rear recovery points** that are painted bright red for easy identification and location.

The recovery points are made from 20mm thick steel plate and with a large cross-vehicle bracing structure for additional strength, can accommodate an 8000kg snatch strap or 9000lb winch.

The rear tub of the HiLux Rugged also offers superb functionality with a hard-wearing durable moulded tub liner and an easy-to-operate tailgate handle.

The new black four-piece steel sports bar provides far more than good looks too and is capable of supporting a vertical load of 75kg, or securing up to 200kg in the tub bed via multiple tie-down points.

The HiLux Rugged also comes standard with a fully fitted snorkel to ensure efficient airflow to the engine in dusty conditions or when undertaking water crossings.

Inside, the HiLux Rugged shares its equipment level with the HiLux SR with the addition of satellite navigation^ and DAB+ digital radio^^ for the comprehensive Bluetooth®# and USB-equipped## infotainment system.

It also gains heavy-duty all-weather floor mats, front and rear.

HILUX RUGGED X, ROGUE, RUGGED SPECIFICATIONS

GRADES
Rugged X, Rogue, Rugged
BODY STYLE
Double Cab 4×4 pickup
DIMENSIONS
Length
5350mm – Rugged X
5345mm – Rogue
5415mm – Rugged
Width
1885mm – Rugged X/Rugged
1855mm – Rogue
Height
1815mm
Wheelbase
3085mm
Front/rear tracks
1535/1550mm
Kerb weight^
2252kg – Rugged X
2174kg – Rogue
2238kg – Rugged
GVM^
3000kg
Approach angle front
28 degrees – Rugged X/Rugged
30 degrees – Rogue
Approach angle corner
49 degrees – Rugged X
39 degrees – Rogue
45 degrees – Rugged
Departure angle
21 degrees – Rugged X/Rugged
20 degrees – Rogue
Running clearance (unladen)
251mm – Rugged X
216mm – Rogue
253mm – Rugged
Towing unbraked#
750kg
Towing braked#
3500kg (manual), 3200kg (automatic)
Fuel tank
80 litres
CHASSIS
Brakes (front)
Ventilated disc – 319mm opposed calliper
Brakes (rear)
Drum brake – 295mm
Front suspension
Double wishbone with stabiliser bar
Rear suspension
Leaf spring with two shock absorbers
Steering gear
Rack and pinion
Power steering
Hydraulic
Turns lock-to-lock
3.43
Minimum turning circle
12.6 metres (tyre)
Wheels and tyres
265/65 R17 alloy – Rugged X/Rugged
265/60 R18 alloy – Rogue
ENGINE TYPE
1GD-FTV turbo-diesel
Cylinders
4-cyl, in-line
Valve mechanism
16V DOHC chain drive
Charging system
Variable nozzle turbocharger with intercooler
Bore x Stroke
92.0mm x 103.6mm
Displacement
2755cm3
Compression ratio
15.6:1
Fuel system
Common-rail
Cetane number
48
Maximum power
130kW @ 3400rpm
Maximum torque
450Nm @ 1600-2400rpm (6AT)
420Nm @ 1400-2600rpm (6MT)
FUEL ECONOMY* – 1GD-FTV engine
Model
Rugged X Rugged Rogue
Transmission
6MT RC61 6AT AC60

6AT AC60

Combined: litres/100km
7.9 8.6 8.5
Urban: litres/100km
8.8 10.0 10.9
Extra urban: litres/100km
7.5 7.7 7.1
Emissions: grams/km*
210 226 223
TRANSMISSIONS
RC61
6-speed manual transmission
AC60
6-speed super intelligent electronically controlled auto
Gear ratios
6MT RC61 6AT AC60
1st
4.784 3.600
2nd
2.423 2.090
3rd
1.443 1.488
4th
1.000 1.000
5th
0.826 0.687
6th
0.643 0.580
Reverse
4.066 3.732
Final Drive
3.583 3.909

NOTE:

^Vehicle weights / mass and dimensions are approximate and subject to individual vehicle variances. Vehicles should be individually weighed and measured before fitting any accessories, towing or designing any compatible trailer / caravan or otherwise using the vehicle in any way that depends on this value.
#Towing capacity is subject to regulatory requirements, towbar and vehicle design and towing equipment limitations.
*Fuel consumption and emissions vary depending on driving conditions / style, vehicle conditions and options / accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR81/02.