Toyota Hilux is one of the most favorite trucks in Australia. Company’s department there has a free role to develop new models, as far as it brings profit. This time, people in Nissan Australia decided to tune the basic trim SR5 in double cab configuration. They built an off-road beast with numerous upgrades, the 2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged X. There are two additional models as well. Toyota HiLux Rogue and Toyota HiLux Rugged will join the party.
For the 2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged X, engineers are offering only a 4×4 drive for the diesel engine. Buyers will be able to choose transmission – auto or manual. Whatsoever, that is everything we can find on a regular truck. For increased durability, the HiLux Rugged X is getting special bumpers, skid plates, and other parts that will protect the body of this pickup. Also, there are some stylish features that upgrade the look and appearance.
2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged X Upgrades
All new trim levels will have something special to offer. The HiLux Rugged is coming with bulbar and protection under the truck. Rogue adds fresh colors and trapezoidal front grille. It makes it more of a lifestyle truck. At the top end, we will find the most expensive 2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged X. Front bar made of steel and unique angles and LEDs are highlights of the front fascia.
The Rugged X model is 207 heavier than the base Toyota HiLux. Most of these parts are on the front end. New suspension and front springs will fix the driving issues. Compared to other models, we find differences in other parts of the truck. The 2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged X is coming with 17-inch alloy wheels. Unique side steps will be able to take more hits in the off-road drive.
Compared to the exterior, the cabin is not taking so many changes. Everyone who drove the HiLux before will recognize the truck at the first sight. Nevertheless, the 2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged X is adding few tweaks to improve overall impression. There are leather seats and a dashboard that we won’t see on the classic SR5 model. Black roof lining headline and cluster design are another two parts that are worthy of mention. The rest of the cabin is pretty much the same.
2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged X Engine
All three new models are going to use the same Duramax engine we can find on regular Toyota HiLux. That means Rugged, Rogue, and Rugged X will get benefits from a 2.8-liter diesel unit. Depending on configuration, buyers are purchasing a pickup with better torque or towing capacity. The power output of the turbo-diesel mill is 130 kW. Manual gearbox transfers 430 Nm of torque, and automatic transmission adds 20 Nm more. While the truck with auto gearbox benefits on twisting power, it losses in towing capacity. With such transmission, 2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged X can tow 3200 kg. Manual gearbox boosts the capability for 300 kg.
2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged X Price
The 2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged X is the not most expensive new trim level. Although it offers more features, upgrades on Rogue are worth the same in cash. Both vehicles are priced at 61,700 AUD. Toyota HiLux Rugged is the most affordable version with 55,000 AUD price tag.