Toyota Hilux will ramp up its attitude with the introduction of the SR5 Cruiser variant, which sits above the SR5 and replaces the outgoing SR5 limited.

Toyota Hilux will ramp up its attitude with the introduction of the SR5 Cruiser variant, which sits above the SR5 and replaces the outgoing SR5 limited in the 21 strong range.

It has a bold new look with its black hexagonal upper grille, revised front bumper design and heavily revised LED fog lights.

“The Hilux benchmark has been raised again with a more aggressive style that will appeal to even more customers, and build on the long-standing Hilux attributes of being tough and unbreakable,” said Neeraj Lala, Toyota New Zealand’s General Manager of new vehicle sales and product.

“SR5 Cruiser makes a bold statement with a tougher exterior design, first-class safety, enhanced interior styling and the built-in strength that makes Hilux the first choice for customers who want a ute that looks good but can perform in demanding environments. More customers purchased Hilux in 2017 than in any other year in its history, featuring a level of loyalty not often seen in the car business,” said Mr Lala. “We expect the strong Hilux customer loyalty to continue in 2018 and beyond.”

The Hilux SR5 Cruiser will be available as a double cab, in 2WD PreRunner and 4WD configurations, with a six-speed automatic transmission.

18-inch gloss metallic black alloy wheels with 265/60 tyres make the Hilux SR5 Cruiser stand out and are complemented by black door mirrors, door handles, and a new black rear bumper. SR5 Cruiser body graphics are also included.

The interior carries on the bold new look with black perforated, leather accented upholstery used throughout, the black theme is continued on into the pillars and roof lining. The driver and front passenger get added comfort through the addition of seat heaters.

The SR5 Cruiser has a new instrument cluster with a revised tachometer and speedometer off-set with piano black ornamentation to replace the silver highlights of the outgoing SR5 Limited model.

The 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine, with 130 kW and 450 Nm of torque from 1600 rpm-2400 rpm, powers the SR5 Cruiser. The SR5 Cruiser variant is available in all seven Hilux colours.

Standard features include cruise control, tilt and telescopic steering column adjustment, seven airbags, satellite navigation, LED headlights, daytime running lights and fog lights, climate control air conditioning, rear differential lock, six-speaker audio, reversing camera and a 3,500kg maximum braked towing capacity.

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