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2014 Toyota HiLux Black Edition | new car sales price

HiLux limited edition is Black ... but that colour costs more.

Black is the new black when it comes to utes.

Toyota has released the HiLux Black Edition, joining the recently announced Holden Colorado Black Edition and the Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label accessory packs.

The special edition HiLux is the last high-profile hurrah for Australia's favourite workhorse before an all-new model arrives in the second half of next year.

There is just one catch, however: the Black Edition Toyota HiLux costs extra if you want a black one.

The white version of the Black Edition starts at $53,240 but a black one will be $550 more because that option is metallic paint.

A five-speed manual is standard; a five-speed automatic transmission adds $2750. It may seem unusual that Toyota can charge more for a black one when it is called the Black Edition but the company says orders are strong and fewer than 1000 will be imported.

All models are powered by the HiLux's proven 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine. There are no enhancements in power, efficiency, payload or towing capacity. Changes include unique front and rear bumpers, black sports bar and sideskirts, LED daytime running lights (for the first time on a HiLux), unique alloy wheels, badging and rear-view camera.

Inside, there are partial leather seat trim, six-way power driver's seat and a navigation system with live traffic alerts is standard.

The Black Edition is a pointer to a super-luxury version of the HiLux that will sit above the current SR5 flagship in the model range when next year's model arrives.

The next HiLux is expected to be unveiled next April at the motor show in Thailand, where the HiLux is built, before arriving in Australian showrooms in October. Meanwhile, the Black Edition is due here next month.