The name Toyota is strong in this country but it is often a while between new models being released. However the new HiLux has just been launched which means there are some good deals for the “old” model and there is plenty to love in the old.

Starting with the looks it is not out-dated by any means. That is because Toyota updated SR5 models in 2018 with a new front end styled by Toyota’s Australian design team based in Port Melbourne.

The redesigned front end features a stronger, more vertical profile with its large trapezoidal grille, honeycomb insert and outboard fog lamps giving it a broad stance and imposing presence on the road.

The grille and fog lamp bezels are finished with a chrome treatment providing a refined aesthetic with the SR5 models featuring LED headlights and fog lamps.

In addition to the new front-end styling, improvements to efficiency have resulted in most six-speed automatic models offering slightly reduced fuel consumption.

Combined fuel consumption for 4×2 SR5 automatic models has been cut by 0.2l/100km to 7.9l/100km with a corresponding fall in CO2 emissions to 209g/km.

Automatic SR5 4×4 models gain a 0.1l/100km improvement with combined fuel consumption falling to 8.4l/100km and CO2 emissions to 220g/km.

Toyota significantly increased the safety technology offered on its HiLux in mid-2019 with the addition of Toyota Safety Sense driver assistance features as part of a range-wide upgrade.

All models gained pre-collision safety system with day and night pedestrian detection and day cyclist detection, high-speed active cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assistance and road sign assist.

The interior didn’t get much of a look in however the leather seats and wide cabin feel makes the cockpit a nice place to be.

A 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel matched with a six-speed automatic transmission gives a decent 450Nm of torque and 130kW of power meaning you won’t be looking for too much more power for everyday use.

While you may need to look around for one, they are out there. With a sticker price of around 60K you should save on that as the dealers want to move old stock. You get a bargain and a new ute that is still at the top of its game and in a couple of years you can upgrade to the new one if you so please.

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