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by Tim Beissmann

A new automatic transmission, added safety and convenience equipment and minor price increases headline the changes to the updated 2014 Toyota HiLux double-cab line-up.

Diesel-powered HiLux dual-cab variants benefit from the new five-speed auto, which supersedes the old four-speed unit and helps cut claimed combined cycle fuel consumption and emissions more than six per cent to 8.7 litres per 100km and 230 grams per kilometre.

Significantly, the entire Toyota HiLux double-cab range now boasts the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating, with stability control (previously a $1500 option on the 4×4 SR) now fitted standard to all variants in addition to traction control, brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution.

Furthering its safety credentials is the addition of a reversing camera to the flagship HiLux SR5, which also gains satellite navigation with SUNA life traffic updates while its price rises $750-$1000.

2011 Toyota HiLux WorkMate Double Cab 4x4 Turbo Diesel

All 11 Toyota HiLux double-cab variants now feature a 6.1-inch centre screen with AUX/USB inputs, Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming, and audio switches on the steering wheel hub.

The mid-range HiLux SR gains multi-information trip computer in the instrument cluster, along with new dials for vehicle speed, engine revs and fuel tank/coolant temperature.

New trim materials feature inside the HiLux double-cab’s cabin, while leather-accented seats are now available as a $1500 option on 4×4 SR5 diesel pick-up variants.

The 11 double-cab variants form half of Toyota Australia’s 22-variant HiLux line-up, which includes three body styles, three equipment levels, three engines and three transmissions driving either the rear or all four wheels. Single- and extra-cab variants were enhanced with similar updates in November.

The HiLux was the third-best-selling vehicle across the country last year, and has been the highest-selling commercial vehicle since 1998.

 

Toyota HiLux double-cab manufacturer’s list prices:

HiLux 4×2 pick-up

  • Workmate petrol manual – $27,490 (+$500)
  • Workmate petrol auto – $29,790 (+$750)
  • SR diesel manual – $33,990 ($1000)
  • SR V6 petrol auto – $38,490 ($1000)
  • SR5 V6 petrol auto – $45,990 ($1000)

 

HiLux 4×4 cab-chassis

  • SR diesel manual – $40,990 ($500)

 

HiLux 4×4 pick-up

  • SR diesel manual – $42,490 (+$500)
  • SR diesel auto – $45,240 (+$750)
  • SR5 diesel manual – $51,740 (+$750)
  • SR5 diesel auto – $54,490 (+$1000)
  • SR5 V6 petrol auto – $54,490 (+$1000)



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