Toyota goes rogue! A bigger and better detailed HiLux flagship for Australia – and that’s a bargain! – Automotive News

Toyota’s flagship HiLux is just weeks away from launch, with the biggest and best Rogue model hitting showrooms in October.

And good news for those interested in Toyota’s response to the Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior and upcoming Mitsubishi Triton XTreme, the brand has confirmed there will be no price increase for the new flagship. (for now) HiLux, with the Rogue listed at $70,200 plus road charges – a price to match the outgoing Rogue model.

And that’s a pretty good deal, considering the new Rogue sports plenty of mechanical changes, including improved suspension, better brakes, and a more aggressive look and feel compared to the model it replaces.

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“With its wider track and increased ride height, the upgraded HiLux Rogue not only looks the part, it plays it too,” says Sean Hanley, vice president of franchise sales, marketing and operations. Toyota Australia.

“Its improved on- and off-road handling, combined with its rugged new look and attractive price point, make the new HiLux Rogue a particularly attractive proposition for Toyota customers.

Key changes to the Rogue include wider track front and rear (+140mm) and a higher ride height (+20mm) for better ground clearance. The front suspension arm and stabilizer bar are now longer and the angle of the front shock absorber has been changed for better efficiency. The rear axle was also lengthened, requiring the rear shocks to be relocated.

An initial HiLux rear stabilizer bar also appears, which Toyota says helps “improve steering feel in corners and lane changes,” as well as increasing body roll stiffness by 20 percent.

Finally, the drum brakes have been replaced with ventilated disc brakes at the rear, while new mud flaps and mudguards appear on larger 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Rogue is powered by a 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, delivering 150 kW / 500 Nm to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.

Elsewhere, the Rogue is fitted with a motorized roller cover, sports bar and an all-weather carpeted tub. There are also heated front seats, a surround-view monitor and an integrated trailer wiring harness and tow ball.

While the Rogue officially hits the market in October, Toyota’s offering is clearly not behind. As such, while the Rogue is expected to come with a nine-speaker stereo, the brand warns that customers may instead be offered a six-speaker stereo and a $750 discount. to “ensure a continuous supply of HiLux Rogue for customers”.

It’s a sign of the times with Toyota, and almost every other manufacturer, as wait times skyrocket (at exactly the same time as demand soars in Australia) on popular models.

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