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It’s no secret that the 2016 Toyota Hilux is on its way to showrooms – earlier in the year, it was announced that the upcoming pick-up truck will be launched by the second quarter; soon after, we saw spyshots of it on local soil. Now, we’ve obtained estimated price lists from a dealer (both for Peninsular Malaysia as well as Sarawak), which show a marked increase in pricing over the old model.

The new Hilux range starts with the single cab 2.4 4×4 manual, slated to cost RM93,000 (Sarawak RM94,720). It’s as basic as it gets, with a black grille, black manual wing mirrors, 16-inch steel wheels, a urethane steering wheel, PVC seats and a basic 2-DIN radio/CD player. But hey, it does have three airbags and – finally on a base Hilux – ABS with EBD as standard.

Moving up, the double cab 2.4 4×2 manual is expected to cost RM95,000 (Sarawak RM96,700), adding power-adjustable wing mirrors with integrated indicators (still black), plastic wheel covers, a standard bedliner, fabric upholstery, power windows and an alarm system to the mix.

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The 2.4 Standard 4×4 manual is set to be priced around RM105,000 (Sarawak RM106,650) – for that, you gain four-wheel drive but, bizarrely, lose the powered door mirrors, alarm and power windows (!).

Next, the 2.4G 4×4 manual, expected to cost RM115,000 (Sarawak RM116,590) – it tacks on a chrome grille, power-folding chrome door mirrors, front fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a multi-info display, keyless entry and start, a leather multifunction steering wheel, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, a DVD infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity and reverse camera and sensors.

The 2.4G 4×4 automatic, slated to be priced at RM125,000 (Sarawak RM126,530), adds standard solar and security tint film, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Active Traction Control (A-TRC) and Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC).

Topping the range is the 2.8G 4×4 automatic, expected to be priced at an eye-watering RM135,000 (Sarawak RM136,120), putting it in Ranger 3.2 WildTrak territory. For that money, you’ll get automatic LED projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, 18-inch wheels, an Optitron instrument cluster, a Camry-style 4.2-inch colour LCD multi-info display and yes, seven airbags.

On the whole pricing is set to be increased by between RM10,000 and RM15,000 over equivalent models, while the 2.8 G getting a staggering RM20,000 hike over the previous 3.0 G model – although it does come with a much higher level of kit.

Options include a RM3,169 DVD-AVN navigation package, a RM1,574 sports bar (surprisingly it’s not standard on any model, not even on the 2.8G), a RM1,049 bedliner for the single cab model, a choice of either a RM2,109 Toyota Premium Safety and Security Film or RM1,066 Toyota Essential Solar Film and a RM207 portable tyre pump.

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