Toyota Australia has announced details for its revised HiLux line-up due on October 6, with 10 slow-selling variants axed and more automatic models added in order to meet buyer demand.
The 31-variant range features 10 new models in place of the departing variants, which include the three 4.0-litre atmo petrol V6 double-cab pick-ups that accounted for less than 0.5 per cent of total HiLux sales.
Three new SR extra-cab models have been added, while three new automatic Hi-Rider pick-ups – WorkMate double-cab, SR extra-cab and SR5 double-cab – are now available.
Automatic 4x4 extra- and double-cab chassis WorkMate variants also join the line-up, while two 4x4 double-cab pick-up SR+ models are now on offer featuring satellite navigation and alloy wheels previously only found in the flagship SR5 grade.
According to Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb, HiLux customers – including families, tradespeople and fleet buyers – are increasingly choosing automatic transmissions over their manual counterparts.
"These moves are not about short-term gains, they are the result of detailed analysis of buyer trends and feedback from dealers over the past two years," he said.
"Last year – for the first time – automatics accounted for more than half of all HiLux sales, and this year the proportion has risen to almost 60 per cent and we expect it to increase further.
Only the SR and SR5 grades increase their specification levels following this update, with SR 4x4 double-cab variants gaining downhill assist control, PVC floor covering and black door handles for a $70 premium.
Meanwhile, pricing for other SR variants drops by $80 while still adding the PVC flooring, whereas all SR5 variants jump by $50 with the inclusion of LED foglights and a tailgate lock. SR extra-cab pick-ups also gain the tailgate lock.
Two turbo-diesel four-cylinder engines are available, including the WorkMate's 110kW 2.4-litre unit that produces 343Nm and 400Nm in manual and automatic form respectively.
A meatier 130kW 2.8-litre powerplant used by in all 4x4 and Hi-Rider models develops 420Nm and 450Nm in manual and automatic guise respectively.
The remaining petrol offering – a 122kW/245Nm 2.7-litre atmo four-potter – is employed by 4x2 single- and double-cab Workmate variants.
Twenty-three of the 31 models are one-tonners – every 4x2 variant and all 4x4 single- and extra-cab models – with payloads ranging from 1000-1240kg.
The HiLux is on track this year to retain its title as Australia's best-selling vehicle, with 31,407 examples (8275 4x2s, 23,132 4x4s) finding homes to the end of August.
This tally represents a 13.7 per cent increase over the Toyota's 27,618 sales (7405 4x2s, 20,213 4x4s) during the same period in 2016.
Nevertheless, the HiLux's segment rival, the Ford Ranger, is not far off its 2017 pace, with 28,302 units (4045 4x2s, 24,257 4x4s) sold through the first eight months.