2015 Toyota HiLux 4x4 SR5 double cab

2015 Toyota HiLux 4×4 SR5 double cab

Following the introduction of the Toyota Hilux in European specs, the pickup truck has now been revealed in its Aussie specification form. In total, Australia gets a choice of 31 variants to choose from – eight more than the previous generation. The entry level is called the Workmate, while the mid-specced Hilux is known as the SR, and the SR5 tag is reserved for the top-range Hilux. Australian body-styles include a single cab, double cab and extra cab.

To sum up the standard features, all trucks now get a touchscreen system, a reverse camera and with seven airbags, similar to the Hilux in European and Thai specs. In addition to that, the Hilux also comes with a headlamp levelling function, daytime running lights and a host of safety features including VSC, ABS, BA, EBD, traction control, trailer sway control and hill-start assist.

Aside from the standard features mentioned, the entry-level Workmate variant features seatbelt warning reminder, tilt and telescopic steering wheel and cruise control. Fitted is a 6.1-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, voice recognition along with audio and phone controls on the steering wheel, as well as an auto up/down power windows for the drivers side.

2015 Toyota HiLux 4x4 SR double cab

2015 Toyota HiLux 4×4 SR double cab

One level above the Workmate is the mid-specced SR variant, which gets all the features that the former has. In addition to that, its exterior comes with black side steps, chrome door handles and a black B-pillar. Inside, the SR receives a seven-inch touchscreen instead with Toyota Link, matched to either a four- or six-speaker system. Additionally, it also comes with an air-conditioned cooler and heater box.

Sitting above is the SR5. Exterior-wise, it comes with 18-inch alloys, auto-levelling LED headlamps, fog lamps, retractable chrome side mirrors, chrome rear step and a stainless steel sports bar. Inside, expect to find smart entry and start function, climate control air-conditioning and auto up/down function for all four power windows.

Additional features that the seven-inch touchscreen has includes DAB digital audio and navigation while the instrument cluster has a 4.2-inch colour MID. One can also find an alarm, 12V and 220V accessory sockets, silver-coloured accents and a downhill assist control exclusively for the SR5 automatic. Optional items consists of a leather-accented trim and a power-adjustable driver’s seat for the diesel SR5 models.

Toyota has also added Hi-Rider variants which can be found on the SR and SR5 models, it comes with added ride-height and heavy-duty suspensions. In addition to that, it also features larger front ventilated brake discs and larger rear drums. The Hilux continues on with a double wishbone front and a rear leaf-spring suspension.

Engine choices for Australia comprises a 2.4 litre turbodiesel with 147 hp / 400 Nm and an uprated 2.7 litre petrol with 162 hp / 245 Nm for the baseline Workmate. The 2.8 litre turbodiesel – available for the mid-specced SR, Hi-Rider SR and SR5 variants – comes with different power outputs; the 4×2 makes 167 hp and 343 Nm, while on the 4×4 variant the output is bumped up to 174 hp and 450 Nm (auto, 420 Nm for the manual). A five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox are transmission options.

Additionally, the SR and the SR5 also comes with a choice of a 4.0 litre V6 petrol unit that makes 234 hp and 376 Nm or torque – it’s mated solely to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Hilux range is also set to get over 60 accessories to cover just about every need. Pretty comprehensive, don’t you think?