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Alex Rae | Aug, 23 2018 | 0 Comments

Toyota has updated its SR and SR5 HiLux range with a new face and simple DPF safety guard solution for diesel engines.

A significant addition, the new manual DPF button will save costly visits to the workshop.

The DPF filter removes nasty carbon particles from diesel exhaust emissions and incinerates them automatically, but only under certain conditions such as travelling at high speed on the highway. With the influx of city-bound tradies in diesel utes the right conditions are sometimes never met and the system can clog and fail.

In the update, the ECU continues to automatically engage the burn-off sequence but if it’s overdue a warning light on the dash will let the driver know to press a DPF burn-off button. The switch has been introduced on all Hilux 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre diesel models, as well as all Fortuner variants.

Outside, the facelift comes courtesy of Toyota Australia design team’s work on the local and Thai-market Hilux Rogue, featuring a large trapezoidal grille, honeycomb insert and fog lamps.

Filtering down to SR and SR5 variants, the new look should appeal better to buyers according to Toyota Australia's vice president of sales and marketing Sean Hanley.

"The ute market has clearly shifted in the past decade and as Australia's best-selling vehicle, HiLux now offers a more contemporary, bold and refined style to go with its 'unbreakable' reputation," he said.

"When we styled the Rogue, we knew it was the right design for the growing top-end recreational ute market and our faith in that has now been borne out with the same face adopted on SR and SR5 HiLux models.”

The update also sees fuel consumption shaved on six-speed automatic 4x2 and 4x4 models by 0.2L/100km and 0.1L respectively.

The changes bring an $80 price increase on 4x2 Hi-Rider SR models and 4x4 SR extra cab chassis and SR double cab chassis and pickup models. Pricing across the rest of the line-up remains unchanged.

 
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