In-house design and development.
The new grille and related components were fully engineered and designed in-house in Australia, including extensive local testing to ensure cooling performance. Computer-aided design confirmed airflow through to the radiator while the ability to absorb stone impacts and vibrations on rough roads was confirmed by real-world and laboratory testing. The durability of the Rugged X grille and surrounds was confirmed through millions of cycles of shaking at its "resonance frequency" in the local company's vibration chamber. The stress testing also included temperatures from minus-30 degrees to 80 degrees. An important factor in the grille redesign was the need to reposition the Toyota emblem and Toyota Safety Sense millimetre-wave radar positioned behind it, as well as minor adjustments to the hoopless bull bar and other components. Local testing confirmed that the calibration for this vital safety sensor - which works in tandem with a monocular camera mounted at the top of the windscreen - meets the global standards set by Toyota. Rugged X is also with other locally designed and engineered features for enhanced protection, functionality and recovery capability for serious off-roading. These include heavy-duty front springs, snorkel with a reversible head, red-painted front and rear recovery points (7), heavy-duty rock rails, sports bar with recreational attachment points, moulded tub tray with tailgate protection, and a heavy-duty rear bumper with integrated step.
Impressive lighting performance includes outboard driving lights and a signature, centrally mounted LED light bar. Fully equipped for off-road adventures straight out the showroom, the Rugged X is priced from $69,990(2).
ADDITIONAL NEW EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR FEATURES
Standard features for HiLux Rogue and HiLux Rugged X now include courtesy illumination for the exterior mirrors in addition to the standard towbar, tow ball, tongue and fully installed seven-pin flat trailer wiring harness that has proven popular with owners wanting to tow a boat, off-road trailer or caravan. There are nine exterior paint colours, three of which are new: Feverish Red, Satin Blue and Oxide Bronze. Inside, the two vehicles exude comfort and convenience with a larger 8-inch display screen with control knobs, an upgraded multimedia system with Apple® CarPlay3 and Android™ Auto3, and a premium JBL4 9-speaker sound system. One USB point and two AC 220-Volt accessory sockets are standard.
Restyled instruments adopt blue pointers while the 4.2-inch multi-information display now incorporates a digital speed readout and a pictogram showing the angle of the front wheels. Satellite navigation is easier to use with enhanced voice recognition while other additions include an electro-chromatic rear-view mirror, new ornamentation and blue illumination complete the updated look. Black perforated leather-accented seats now have grey outboard accents. The front seats are heated while the driver's seat has 8-way power adjustments. Front and rear mats are included - carpet for Rogue and all-weather for Rugged X. Like all Toyota vehicles, HiLux Rogue and HiLux Rugged X are covered by Toyota Service Advantage with each of the first six scheduled services costing just $250(5).
COMPREHENSIVE SAFETY FEATURES
HiLux Rogue and HiLux Rugged X are equipped with Toyota Safety Sense, including a pre-collision system6 with autonomous emergency braking and the ability to detect pedestrians around the clock and cyclists during the day. It is also equipped with high-speed active cruise control6, lane-departure alert6 with steering assist. Electronic systems include anti-skid brakes, vehicle stability and traction control, brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, trailer sway control, downhill assist control and an emergency stop signal (hazard lights). Like every HiLux, the two new halo models are equipped with seven airbags and a reversing camera.