Toyota Hilux Raider receives specification upgrades

Toyota Hilux Raider models receive specification improvements following recent range update

Reuben Van Niekerk
Toyota Hilux Raider
Toyota Hilux
Hilux Raider

In the latter part of 2020 the Toyota Hilux underwent a significant model update, bringing with it sharpened exterior styling, specification upgrades, a rationalised line-up and new flagship Legend grade. The SRX grade, which traditionally catered to customers requiring a blend of utility and comfort, has thus needed to make way for the reimagined Raider nameplate.

 

Why rebadge the SRX as Raider?

The market has evolved and customers have come to expect more from even utility-based derivatives. This in turn meant that mid-tier SRX grade moved closer and closer to traditional Raider territory, somewhat blurring the lines between the mid-grade and top-grade models.

With the introduction of the new high-end Legend model, it provided the opportunity to optimise the model-line up and offer customers more across the board.

 

What has changed between SRX and the new Raider?

Visually the new Raider inherits the latest Hilux face, featuring sculpted headlamps, a larger trapezoidal grille, integrated bumper guard and boomerang-shaped fog-lamp surrounds. Unique to Raider is the chrome treatment of the front grille.

The 18-inch wheels have been swapped out for graphite-coloured 17-inch versions shod with 265-65-R17 tyres.

 

What about the engines?

Previously the SRX models were paired with the 2.4 GD-6 engine delivering 110kW and 400Nm, while the Raider variants were paired exclusively with the 2.8 GD-6 engine. With the merging of the two grades, Toyota now offers both 2.4 and 2.8 GD-6 Raider models. The upgraded 2.8 GD-6 engine offers 150kW and 500Nm in automatic transmission guise. Manual models boast the same 150kW with 420Nm, while the output of the 2.4 GD-6 remains unchanged.

 

Safety upgrades

In recognition of the increased dual-purpose usage the new Raider models have received some notable upgrades, particularly on the safety front. Park Distance Control has been added while the Airbag tally has increased with the addition of side and curtain airbags (SRX models previously only had driver and passenger airbags).

The fog lamps have been upgraded to LED spec on 2.4 models, while 2.8 versions now feature full LED headlamps and taillights.

In terms of drivetrain, an Auto Limited Slip Diff has been specified for Raider models, aiding in traction in low-grip situations.

 

Interior

A new floating infotainment system with 8-inch screen and rotary-knob control occupies the centre of the facia complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.

An enlarged Multi-Information Display and new instrument cluster design also forms part of the package.

Other standard specification items include air-conditioning, cruise control, reverse camera, air-conditioned glove box, 12 and 220-volt accessory connectors, tilt and telescopic adjustable leather steering wheel and steering switches.

All Hilux models are equipped with the Toyota Connect telematics system, which includes an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, and complimentary 15Gb data.

 

Model line-up

There are multiple Raider models to choose from depending on body-style. In single and double-cab format, the 2.4 GD-6 is available in both Raised Body 4x2 and 4x4 configuration, with the choice of either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The 2.8 GD-6 is available as either Raised Body or 4x4 and coupled with the six-speed automatic. The Xtra cab variants feature a simplified two-model line-up.