Toyota's upcoming Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X Hilux models, due to launch in April 2018, were designed, engineered and tested locally to meet the tough demands of Australian roads.
The “halo” models underwent an extensive development program – computer simulations, prototype manufacture, bench testing and real-world evaluation to confirm strength and durability of the vehicle and individual components – lead by Melbourne-based designers and engineers.
“Our team understands local customer usage and tastes, the extremes of our local environment, as well as requirements for off-road use, unsealed roads and the challenges of dust and water crossings,” said Rod Ferguson, Toyota Australia's product planning and development general manager.
“They have developed these high-strength components and integrated them fully to build on the strength and durability of Hilux, while maintaining the performance of key safety systems.
“For example, the Rugged X bash plate is made from high-tensile alloy, significantly improving protection from rugged terrain while minimising weight increase. Local engineering and testing also ensures it works in conjunction with the steel front bar and existing underbody protection.”
As well as the components manufactured for these “halo” variants, the current-gen Hilux underwent 650,000km of local testing, and it was developed with extensive involvement from Australian designers and engineers; specifically, suspension, underbody protection and the tuning of electronic safety systems.
“Australian buyers will also appreciate the peace-of-mind knowing that these new vehicles have been developed to Toyota’s rigorous standards, will be certified to Australian Design Rules and attract full warranty coverage,” Ferguson said.