Just like here in the Philippines, or arguably even more so, in Australia, car companies are fond of providing customers beefed-up versions of top-selling models. And lately, Toyota Australia is on the verge of releasing two of its beefed-up top-of-the-line models, the Toyota Hilux Rugged X and the Toyota Hilux Rouge, otherwise known as the Rocco in Thailand.
So what’s great about these Toyota Hilux variants? Well, by just looking at them some of you Hilux fans out there might be ready to call these the inspiration for your next dream pickup build.
The Toyota Hilux Rugged X
As the name implies, the Hilux Rugged X is designed to withstand the rigors of the Australian outback. It’s equipped with a hefty looking winch-compatible steel bumper, rock sliders, black alloy wheels, a sleek and subtle LED light bar, a snorkel, off-road recovery hooks for its front and rear.
Bushes, rocks, and all sorts of road obstacles are no issues when it comes to the Hilux Rugged X
Just like the normal Aus-spec 2.8-liter 4x4 Hilux variants, the Rugged X can make 201 horsepower and 500 Nm. With that kind of power, it’s able to tow up to 3,500 kg.
The Hilux Rugged X is intended to compete with other 4x4 top-of-the-line pick-up truck models like the Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior, and the Ford Ranger Raptor. Do note that we here in the Philippines have the Ford Ranger Raptor, as well as our own equivalent of the N-Trek Warrior with similar horsepower and torque outputs, the Navara 4x4 VL N-Warrior.
The Toyota Hilux Rouge
If you’re an urbanite who wants a tough-looking truck, then there’s also the Toyota Hilux Rouge. It looks drastically different from the regular Hilux due to its Tundra-inspired grille, and a set of larger fender flares. It also has a 4x4 variant, a locking differential, and a lot of utility options, although it only makes as much as the 2.8-liter Hilux we have here in the Philippines.
While geared towards urban utility, the Rouge can also do a bit of light to medium offroading
We don’t have them but you can build them
While we’re wishing that Toyota Philippines bring in these or at least something similar, you can actually build your Hilux to make it look like the Rugged X and the Rouge. The Toyota Hilux is one of the most popular pick-up trucks in the Philippines, as such, there’s a wealth of aftermarket parts available so it’s quite a possibility. That is if you have the extra dough, time, and a lot of patience.
For the interiors of these Hilux variants, not much has changed with their interiors
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<p>The Toyota Hilux is a pickup with a globally known nameplate for being one of the reliable workhorse vehicles. It was 1968 when Toyota's pickup truck started building a reputation for being rugged and dependable, and it continues until today with the facelifted model launched in 2020. This popular pickup continues to evolve and slowly move upmarket after gaining luxuries. The most significant revolutionary jump of the Hilux happened in 2004 when the seventh-generation of the model was introduced. It was the first 21st-century iteration of Toyota's pickup. It is also the first generation to ride on Toyota’s new Innovative Multi-purpose Vehicle architecture. It provided improved safety, better ride comfort, modern D-4D diesel engines, more interior space, and a more modern aerodynamic body. The current 8th generation offers a more refined and stylish design than its predecessor, but the tradition of being a tough pickup continues. It gets a much-awaited refresh in 2020 inline. Aside from improved looks, the Philippine iteration also comes with more powerful engine options. The Toyota Hilux is available in 4x4 and 4x2 variants. In the Philippines, the pickup truck is offered with diesel engines. It is available with automatic or manual transmission depending on the variant.</p>
Cesar G.B. Miguel