Toyota today announced a set of upgrades for the 2008 (MY08) Toyota Hilux. For a vehicle which already dominates the 4×2 and 4×4 utility market, the upgrades should further enhance Toyota’s leadership.
The Hilux comes in 30 different variants, giving buyers a choice between 4×2 or 4×4, while the cabin (single, xtra and double cab), engine (2.7-litre VVT-i petrol, 3.0-litre turbo-diesel and 4.0-litre VVT-i quad-cam V6 petrol) and transmission ( five-speed manual or five-speed auto) can also be changed to suit.
As for equipment level, Toyota has simplified the process into three levels, WorkMate, SR and SR5.
The MY08 upgrades start with power windows, power door locks, fabric door trim and 15-inch wheels, for the entry-level HiLux WorkMate with ABS option. All the mid-range SR grades now have power mirrors, while automatic SRs will gain standard cruise control.
Unfortunately Toyota are still not offering ABS brakes as standard equipment on the WorkMate and SR variants, and the added upgrades on the WorkMate only affect customers who opt out for ABS. Although all models have dual SRS airbags and independent double-wishbone front suspension.