Tough new Toyota Hilux makes European debut

Toyota Hilux Geneva – front

A mere 16 million Toyota Hilux pick-ups have been sold around the world since the model was introduced in 1968, and it’s time for another new one. The eighth-generation has just made its public European debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

According to Toyota its new pick-up has a new and stronger ladder chassis, reinforced deck structure, enhanced 4×4 capabilities and improved towing capabilities. It’s also supposed to be more refined on the road as Toyota chases the pick-up ‘lifestyle’ market. That said, it lacks the multi-link rear suspension of the all-new Nissan Navara that acquitted itself so well in our recent UK review.

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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.

Toyota Hilux Geneva – front three quarter

There’s a new 2.4-litre D-4D ‘global’ engine too, and Toyota claims fuel economy has been improved by up to nine per cent. Featuring stop-start technology, and with a six-speed manual gearbox, the 2.4 D-4D can return up to 39.8mpg on the combined cycle – with emissions as low as 187g/km of CO2.

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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.

Toyota Hilux Geneva – interior

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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). A significant extra addition is Toyota Safety Sense which adds pre-collision emergency braking, lane departure and road sign assist. The new Nissan Navara also offers a similar safety package as standard in the UK. 

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