In the latter part of 2020 the Toyota Hilux underwent a significant model update, bringing with it sharpened exterior styling, specification upgrades, a rationalised line-up and new flagship Legend grade. But, along with the lineup and new flagship model, there is yet more reshuffling in the much-loved Hilux range. Built to cater to customers requiring a blend of utility and comfort, the SRX grade Hilux has been reimagined with a Raider nameplate. Here’s the low-down on this new addition to the Hilux range:
Why rebadge the SRX as a Raider?
According to Toyota, as the ‘bakkie’ market has evolved in South Africa; customers have come to expect more from even utility-based derivatives. This, in turn, meant that the mid-tier SRX grade model moved closer-and-closer into traditional Raider territory, somewhat blurring the lines between the mid-grade and top-grade models.
With the introduction of the new high-end Legend model, this provided the opportunity for the manufacturer to optimise their model-line up and offer customers more across the board and the ‘new Raider’ was born. Offering the perfect blend of style and utility, this new version of the Raider is gearing up to excite consumers in 2021.
What has changed between SRX and the new Raider?
Visually the new Raider inherits the latest Hilux ‘face’, featuring sculpted headlamps, a larger trapezoidal grille, integrated bumper guard and boomerang-shaped fog-lamp surrounds. Unique to Raider is the chrome treatment of the front grille frame – creating a signature look for the model.
The SRX’s 18-inch wheels have been swapped out for graphite-coloured 17-inch versions – creating a tough yet stylish look for the new Raider. These are shod with 265-65-R17 tyres.
As for the engine line-up, there’s more for Raider fans to enjoy this time around. Previously the SRX models were paired with the 2.4 GD-6 engine, while the Raider variants were paired exclusively with the 2.8 GD-6 engine. With the merging of the two grades, Toyota now offers both 2.4 and 2.8 GD-6 Raider models, giving consumers more choice than ever before.
The new Raider models have also received some notable upgrades on the safety front. Park Distance Control (PDC) has been added while the Airbag tally has increased with the addition of side and curtain airbags to complement the driver and passenger airbags fitted to the SRX model.
The fog lamps have also been upgraded to LED-spec on 2.4 models, while 2.8 versions now feature full LED headlamps and taillights.
As part of the model update, the interior has also received some attention. There’s a new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible ‘floating’ infotainment system with 8-inch screen and rotary-knob control. Navigation applications such as Google Maps and Waze are also natively included.
A model to suit your needs
There are multiple Raider models to choose from depending on body-style. In single and double-cab format, the 2.4 GD-6 is available in both Raised Body (4×2) and 4×4 configuration, with a choice of either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.8 GD-6 is available as either Raised Body or 4×4 and coupled with the 6-speed ‘auto’. The Xtra cab variants feature a simplified two model line-up.
All Hilux models come with a 3-year/100 000 km warranty. A 9-services/90 000 km service plan is standard on all models.
Model line-up and Pricing
Prices for the new Toyota Hilux Raider Single Cab starts from R459,000 for the Hilux SC 2.4 GD-6 RB Raider 6MT to R720,500 for the Hilux DC 2.8 GD-6 4X4 Raider AT.
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