The Dual Cab Ute Market has exploded in the past few years in Australia as they have become not only a tradies truck, but also a very practical car for bitumen and off-road driving. Today, Dual Cab Utes are the fastest-growing segment of the new car market, and we’re here to tell you why.
During these recent years, manufacturers have caught onto this rise in dual-cab utes, which has seen a flurry of makes and models come to Australia. The only problem with is, being spoilt for choice, it’s hard to know which one is right for you. Today we saddle up with the crew from Motorama to check out and take a look at several brands sold under the Motorama Banner. From Hilux to Navara, Ranger and Triton we’ll be putting these trucks to the test on some 4×4 trails to see how they run off-road. First up, the Hilux Dual Cab SR5
Dual Cab Utes
Hilux Dual Cab SR5
The Hilux has been Austalia’s number 1 selling ute for many many years. Renowned for their quality and reliability, these trucks hold their value as their engines are hard to kill. The SR5 series is jam-packed with advanced safety features, pre-collision safety systems and heavy-duty suspension. These trucks pack a powerful punch with its matched uncompromisingly strong exterior and unrivalled levels of interior style.
The new pre-collision system is designed to detect vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and assist drivers with visual and audible warnings, braking assistance and autonomous emergency braking if the driver calls to head warnings.
These trucks have a well-appointed interior that is more SUV than a workhorse along with a quieter engine than ever before. When it comes to durability, these trucks do not disappoint. With built-in body protection and state-of-the-art bullbars and integrated bash plate, you can go further and harder than ever before.
- 2.8L engine
- 130kW/ 450 Nm
- 3200kg braked towing capacity
- 5 year Toyota Factory Warranty
The N-Trek is a special edition of Navara’s based off the highly popular Navara ST-X. This tough-looking truck has 18″ alloys, black styling outside with burnt orange trim on the interior. This truck is super comfortable as a lot of work has gone into the suspension and rear coil suspension, meaning it drives like a passenger car.
The infotainment in the Navara is unprecedented with 8″ screen, Apple car play, rearview camera system, smartphone mirroring, new interface, USB, Radio, AUX and Bluetooth connections. With Hill Start Assist and Descent Control, these trucks offer great control when hitting the 4WD tracks. The Hill Start Assist can stop you from rolling backwards whilst you’re on an incline, whilst the Descent control helps maintain a steady speed and braking. Keep control on steep grades as this feature aid driver hit some tricky tracks.
The Nissan Navaras offer 3 engines that provide power, acceleration and fuel efficiency. Thanks to advance technology, you can squeeze all the performance out of every bit of fuel. The truck has a small turbo to get you moving whilst the larger turbo keep your going strong.
- 2.3L engine
- 140kW/ 450 Nm
- 3500kg braked towing capacity
- 5 year Nissan Factory Warranty
If you’re looking for performance, the Ranger Raptor will deliver. This comfortable ride offers heaps of grunt and lots of torque. But, not only does the Ranger Raptor have amazing performance, it also has the looks with extra pumped guards, 17″ alloys, ford performance dial clusters and more.
The interior involved a modern infotainment system including 8″ screen, apple car play, digital radio and built-in sat-nav. These trucks are extremely popular as they are ready to go out of the box without the need of any aftermarket accessories. These trucks offer an ultra-strength frame, giant bash plate and elevated design which all thrive in an offroad environment.
- 2.0L engine
- 157kW/ 500 Nm
- 2500kg braked towing capacity
- 5 year Ford Factory Warranty
Triton GLS Premium
These trucks have always represented great value for money. Well equipped, these Tritons have a lot of the latest safety aids and come standard with all-terrain tyres and rear diff lock. To keep the kids cool, these trucks provide rear-seat cooling, which isn’t a common dual-cab utes.
The Triton makes light work of heavy loads with 6 inner cargo bed hooks, rear gate with easy to use handle, as the extra reinforcement in the construction of spacious cargo bed makes it even more durable. These Dual cabs offer a spacious cabin with generous rear-seat legroom. With reclined seatback angle you’ll have plenty of leg, shoulder and head room whether you’re seated in the front or back. With anti-lock braking systems, electronic brakeforce distribution and rear cross-traffic alert, you’ll know you’re driving in safety. Enjoy quality accessories that are both durable and reliable. The Mitsubishi parts are designed, engineered and manufactured to ensure a perfect fit for optimal performance. Committed to delivering value for money with genuine quality, you can be reassured this is a brilliant drive.
- 2.4L engine
- 133kW/ 430 Nm
- 3100kg braked towing capacity
- 7 year/ 150,000 km Mitsubishi Factory Warranty
To learn more about these Dual Cab Utes, their specs and what more they have to offer, you can head to the Motorama website for more details. To learn more about the Motorama 4X4XMORE tagalong tours, head to our article about the Gordon Country tagalong.