TOYOTA’ Australian design team based at the company’ Port Melbourne HQ in Melbourne – in conjunction with the Toyota engineering team in Thailand – has restyled the Hilux SR and SR5 with a front-end facelift. The redesign affects only extra-cab and dual-cab variants, with the new look mirroring the Hilux Rogue that was launched earlier this year. The more menacing presence is afforded courtesy of a more vertical profile, a large trapezoidal grille, a honeycomb insert, outboard fog lamps and chrome treatment. The SR5 gets LED headlights and fogs, while the SR adds halogen fog lights.

All diesel Hiluxes now also feature an in-cabin DPF switch – the same system revealed earlier this month with the Prado range – to manually moderate emissions. The switch also finds its way into all 2.8-litre turbodiesel-powered Fortuners. In addition, the six-speed automatic transmission of the SR and SR5 models has seen an incremental improvement in combined fuel consumption, registering a saving of 0.1L/100km.