TOYOTA has marked the 700,000th HiLux sale in Australia by announcing substantial styling and safety upgrades for the all-conquering ute.
The three-decade history of HiLux in Australia has produced 370,000 sales of 4×4 models and 330,000 sales of 4×2 versions.
While the sales milestone has just been reached, customers will have access to the upgraded HiLux range in September.
At that time, HiLux will introduce the adoption of life-saving anti-skid brakes as standard across the range.
This and other changes have been previewed with the release of an image of the range-topping HiLux SR5 4×4 turbo-diesel double-cab.
The SR5 styling upgrade incorporates changes from the A-pillar forward, including a new front bumper, revised over-fender flares and a restyled bonnet with – in turbo-diesel versions – a relocated air scoop.
The biggest visual change is the addition of a bolder three-bar grille flanked by a pair of new twin-element wrap-around headlights.
Revised styling at the rear includes a newly styled sports bar and clear taillight lenses while the interior gains updates to the seat and door trim.
HiLux customers will have a greater choice of entry-level models with new Workmate variants, while all 4×4 models have an uprated towing capacity of 2.5 tonnes.
Together with a range of other improvements, the new HiLux is expected to offer even better value.