Paul Maric has just spent the best part of two days testing Toyota's all-new models aimed at the buyer wanting more features and more off-road ability from their dual-cab ute.
The Toyota HiLux Rogue, HiLux Rugged and HiLux Rugged X kicked off as an idea among Toyota Australia's executive team in 2015, just before the current-generation HiLux was released. The idea for each vehicle wasn't approved until early 2016, after focus groups and senior management agreed on the final products.
From the point of sign-off through to public announcement earlier this year, Toyota's Australian engineering team worked to develop, prototype and test the upgrades to each vehicle.
According to Toyota, the upgrades are more than just aftermarket parts strapped onto the vehicle, with each model offered with a full Toyota warranty and certified engineering to ensure no parts affect airflow or the vehicle's safety systems.