Eighth-generation Toyota Hilux to take on SUVs

New Toyota Hilux front

With over 16 million Toyota Hilux pick-ups sold to date, the brand has readied its eighth-generation car for launch in mainland Europe. The new car aims to combine its legendary reputation for durability with a fresh new look and a more SUV-like drive.

The new pick-up has a new and stronger ladder chassis, reinforced deck structure, enhanced 4×4 capabilities and improved towing capabilities.

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The Hilux has grown 90mm in length, is 20mm wider and 5mm lower than its predecessor, improving internal space and load carrying – while towing capacity has improved to 3.2 tonnes.

New Toyota Hilux rear

Two new engines feature in the new Hilux: a 2.4-litre D-4D and 2.8-litre D-4D diesel engine, which Toyota claims will provide class-leading fuel economy. The existing 2.5 D-4D diesel unit is carried over to the new model, while there is an improved version of the Dual VVT-i 2.7-litre petrol engine.

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Toyota claims fuel economy has been improved by up to nine per cent. With a manual gearbox, the 2.4 D-4D returns 38mpg with the 2.8 D-4D returning 33mpg when mated to an auto box.

New Toyota Hilux interior

The new Hilux gets a new exterior design with better equipment – daytime running lights with 12 white LEDs feature, while the main design changes are focused on the front grille, light clusters and bumpers. Either 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels are available, plus three new paint colours: Orange Spice, Volcano Red and Hydro Blue.

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A new seven-inch touch-screen infotainment system dominates the dash, and all models get Traction Control (A-TRC), Downhill Assist Control (DAC) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC).

Toyota has only announced the Hilux’s mainland Europe release at present, with no news on a release date, specifications or prices for the UK.

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