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Toyota says it has increased the performance and environmental friendliness of HiLux’s 3.0-litre Turbo-diesel engine. Technical changes to HiLux’s common-rail turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine have increased power by 6kW and made the engine compliant to Euro IV emissions standard.

The improved Toyota 1KD-FTV engine will be fitted to all HiLux 4×2 and 4×4 diesel models from August 2006 production. The performance and environment upgrade for HiLux Turbo-diesel is part of a raft of HiLux technical, safety and specification changes due from August and October 2006 production.

ABS anti-skid brakes are standard equipment on high-grade HiLux SR5 models, and optionally available on HiLux SR and WorkMate. Improvements to Toyota HiLux Turbo-diesel models (from August 2006 production) also include the adoption of 15-inch steel wheels (in lieu of 14-inch steel wheels) on SR-grade 4×2 models.

The recommended retail prices for HiLux Turbo-diesel now starts at $29,590* for the 4×2 SR 3.0-litre Turbo-diesel. In addition, Toyota has included some additional specifications across HiLux 4×2 and 4×4 SR and SR5 grades.

From August 2006 production, all HiLux SR5 grade models will have front foglamps and all SR grade models (Quad Cam V6 and Turbo-diesel) will have body-coloured front bumpers. Two new exterior colours will be offered for all HiLux models from August 2006 production: Charcoal Grey and Cascade Blue.

Interior upgrades for HiLux include adopting hard-wearing vinyl floor covering for WorkMate and Double Cab SR-grade models, and a rear-seat centre headrest for all Double Cab models.

In addition, Toyota has deleted the deck guard frame on all SR5-grade models, to improve appearance. HiLux SR5 models have a Sports bar as standard equipment. The limited-slip differential will be standard equipment on all Double Cab SR5 models and optional (linked with ABS anti-skid brakes) on SR models.