2022 Toyota Hilux Rogue updated in Australia with wider, Raptor-esque looks

Toyota Australia has just given the Hilux Rogue a refresh for 2022 with a host of new upgrades, including several mechanical tweaks. Despite the upgrades, the range-topping variant will still be priced from an unchanged AUD70,200 (approx. RM215k), with deliveries slated to begin in October.

The main update on the 2022 Toyota Hilux Rogue in Australia comes in the form of a widened track (distance between the left and right wheels), which has been increased by 140 mm, alongside a 20 mm gain in ride height. Toyota says that the change will help improve the Hilux Rogue’s on- and off-road performance, but it also gives the pick-up truck a much more aggressive appearance.

In order to contain the wider track, Toyota has given the new 2022 Hilux Rogue a new wider set of Raptor-esque overfenders and mudguards, which are accompanied by revised bumpers both front and rear with additional body extension, alongside a set of darkened 18-inch wheels, in place of the 17-inch items from before.

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Aside from the widened track, the new 2022 Hilux Rogue also benefits from an extended front suspension arm and stabiliser bar, while the front damper angle has also been adjusted to improve efficiency.

Over at the back, the increased track also means a lengthened rear axle, with the rear dampers moved out towards the wheels. The updated Rogue also marks the first time a Hilux is equipped with a rear stabiliser bar from the factory, which is said to improve roll rigidity by up to 20%, while promoting better steering feel during corners and lane changes.

Other mechanical changes on the updated 2022 Hilux Rogue include new ventilated disc brakes at the rear, used for the first time in place of drum brakes to improve stopping power. The front discs have also been enlarged by 25 mm to now measure 432 mm.

Aside from these updates, the rest of the new pick-up truck remains unchanged. As the range-topping variant in Australia, the Rogue comes with additional niceties, including a motorised roller cover for the bed, a resin sports bar, marine-grade bed lining, heated front seats, perforated “leather-accented” upholstery, as well as a nine-speaker premium audio system.

The powertrain is also untouched on this update, with the 2.8-litre turbodiesel four-banger still found underneath the bonnet making 201 hp and 500 Nm, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine output isn’t too far off from the current Ranger Raptor, so if you really want a Toyota-badged Raptor fighter, all you have to do is to get yourselves a set of fancy Fox shocks.

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