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by Tim Beissmann

A new Toyota HiLux variant has been developed by the company’s headquarters in Japan specifically at the behest of Australia’s mining and business sectors.

The new HiLux 4×4 SR Double Cab variant combines the dual-cab-chassis body in this grade with a diesel engine and an automatic transmission for the first time. The variant costs $43,740, making it $1500 cheaper than the identically specified pick-up version.

Toyota says there is high demand for the the cab-chassis body style among industries that need customised fit-outs including full mining specification equipment, or the ability to carry water and fuel tanks, or to attach storage lockers and toolboxes.

The Double Cab variant also combines the practicality of five seats with Australian customers’ growing preference for the HiLux’s five-speed automatic transmission and 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine.

The new HiLux variant comes standard with six airbags, electronic stability control and a five-star ANCAP safety rating, as well as a 6.1-inch central screen with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, and a multi-information trip computer in the instrument cluster.

The new addition takes the total number of HiLux variants available in Australia to 23.

Toyota Australia is also currently teasing a new limited edition HiLux Black variant. The new special model is expected to be released shortly. CarAdvice has contacted Toyota for more information on the new ute variant.