Toyota has replaced their SRX trim level with the Raider trim level in the popular Hilux bakkie range.
Toyota said this new model is a good blend between style and utility, and it is optimised to offer customers more across the board.
Seeing as the Raider is now the most affordable Hilux you can buy – bar the workhorse type S and SR trims with steel rims and extra tie-down spots – we thought it good to detail what you will get for your money.
The model we will be looking at today is the entry-level Toyota Hilux Single Cab 2.4 GD6 RB Raider MT.
No matter the purpose you’re buying it for, an important figure for a bakkie is power.
The body style was created for working and hauling cargo, and that wouldn’t be possible with a weak engine or a low loading capacity.
Accordingly, Toyota fitted this Hilux Raider with a 2.4-litre diesel engine that produces 110kW of power and 400Nm of torque.
The motor is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox that is connected to the rear wheels only, and features a differential lock for tricky routes where a lot of grip is needed.
This combination of torque and technological attributes allows the Raider a maximum payload of 920kg, as well as a maximum towing capacity of 2,750kg.
As impressive as these figures might be, they still fall behind those of the VW Amarok and Ford Ranger – which are two of the biggest local competitors to the Hilux.
Nevertheless, the Toyota Single Cab provides a sizeable 2,315mm load box for cargo and the largest entry-level engine at 2.4-litres.
From the front, the Single Cab model is indistinguishable from the rest of the Raider line.
It features a large, six-sided grille framed in chrome, L-shaped LED fog lamps on either side of the bumper, and a tapered nose which gives the impression of higher ground clearance.
Around the sides and rear, the elongated loading bed with chrome rear bumper and one set of doors gives the model its distinctive look – while it sits on 17-inch graphite-coloured wheels which were given to the Raider trim for further differentiation.
The interior has also seen some welcome additions.
Inside, the seats are covered in cloth, the steering wheel and handbrake lever are made of urethane, a spacious centre console sits between the seats, and most of the dash with its mixture of buttons and switches consist of either grainy or glossy black plastic.
The Toyota Display Audio system is installed as standard, which integrates a Toyota-Connect-enabled 8-inch infotainment display into the dash.
This enables Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – on top of Bluetooth and USB support – and plays media through a 2-speaker sound system.
The multifunction steering wheel then gives you control over most cabin features and cruise control, and a multi-information display in the instrument cluster shows you the status of your car at all times.
Additionally, park distance control, ABS, brake assist, hill assist control, and trailer sway control are fitted in this model.
A navigation system and reverse camera are also available on the Raider range, but are not fitted as standard at this price level.
The Toyota Hilux Single Cab 2.4 GD6 RB Raider MT is far from being the cheapest Hilux on offer – but is the cheapest Raider, coming in at R459,000.
With this you will receive a 3-year/100,000km warranty, along with a 9-services/90,000km service plan.