Toyota Hilux Raider
A South African bakkie favourite is back!
A South African bakkie favourite has been made even better! The Toyota Hilux Raider has been given a larger role in the Hilux range, extending its position as the mid-grade model of the range as well as giving it a number of improvements.
When the Toyota Legend was introduced towards the end of 2020 as a new high-end model, it offered the opportunity to optimise the mid-grade models into a blend of utility and style: the new Raider.
With the broadening of the Raider range, the existing, more utilitarian SRX model was no longer relevant and was discontinued.
The new Raider has the up-to-date looks of the latest Hilux, with the big, bold grille with integrated bumper guard and ‘boomerang’ foglamp surrounds. The Raider stands out from the rest with a unique chrome accent to the grille frame. Then there are the 17-inch alloy rims in a graphite finish, fitted with 265-65-R17 tyres.
The biggest difference between the outgoing SRX models and the new Raider models is that customers can now choose between the 2.4 GD-6 engine delivering 110kW and 400Nm or the new, more powerful version of the 2.8 GD-6 engine, which offers 150kW and 500Nm in automatic transmission guise and 150kW and 420Nm in manual form. Another mechanic upgrade is the addition of an Auto Limited Slip Diff (LSD), aiding traction in low-grip situations.
The Raider also receives the new ‘floating’ infotainment system with 8-inch screen and rotary-knob control, which features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, allowing users to mirror apps off their phones. As a function of this, navigation applications such as Google Maps and Waze are natively included while occupants can also access their music libraries and streaming accounts via apps like Apple Music, JOOX, Spotify and SoundCloud. Wireless telephony is supported via Bluetooth with a USB input for additional media options
Standard features in the Raider models include air-conditioning (automatic climate control on 2.8 GD-6 versions), cruise control, reverse camera, air-conditioned glovebox, 12- and 220-volt power sockets, tilt-and-telescopic adjustable leather steering wheel and steering wheel controls.
As with the outgoing SRX, the Raider is available in single-cab, Xtra-cab and double-cab variants. The Xtra-cab is only available with the 2.4-litre engine and in 4x2, with either a manual or auto gearbox. The single cab and double cab ranges are more extensive, with 4x4 and 4x2 versions of both engines, with either automatic or manual transmissions.
All Hilux models come with a 3-year/100 000 km warranty. A 9-services/90 000 km service plan is standard on all models. Customers can also purchase extended service plans and warranty packages via their Toyota dealer. For more information see www.toyota.co.za.