Bolder, tougher HiLux as Toyota upgrades ute range

A bolder, tougher looking HiLux range has made its global debut, featuring an expanded line-up, and significant improvements to performance, fuel economy, ride comfort, towing and equipment levels.

The updated HiLux, arriving in Australian showrooms from late August, offers beefier output from its biggest selling 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine due to multiple new components and enhanced cooling.

Maximum power has increased to 150kW, while peak torque on automatic models has been ramped up to 500Nm. Fuel consumption also improves by up to 11.1 per cent while tuned accelerator response delivers greater driver control.

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The upgraded HiLux range retains a 2.8 litre turbo diesel and a 2.7-litre four cylinder petrol engine, along with three transmissions, 4×2 and 4×4 drive, three body styles (single, extra and double cabs), and two configurations (pick-up or cab-chassis).

There’s five equipment levels (in ascending order Workmate, SR, SR5, Rogue and Rugged X). Suspension upgrades including revised shock absorber tuning, new bushings and improved leaf spring design provide a more comfortable ride.

The new system works particularly well over rough roads and with low loads while maintaining HiLux’s legendary off-road capabilities. 4×4 models gain downhill assist control, an additional traction control feature when using 2WD mode.

Towing capacity for automatic 4×4 HiLux variants, including new double cab chassis Workmate and SR5 derivatives, has been upgraded to a maximum of 3500kg to match the manual versions.

On 4×2 variants, all diesel automatics are now rated at 2800kg, an increase of up to 300kg. Revised exterior styling delivers a tough, robust on-road presence for HiLux that is more in keeping with the global Toyota ute/truck family.

A stronger on-road presence is achieved by a large trapezoidal grille that dominates the front design and incorporates more pronounced horizontal elements that deliver a wider, more planted look.

Grille surrounds differ by grade while newly designed headlights are smaller, for a ‘meaner’ look, and light clusters include LEDs on high grades.

Inside, all models have been upgraded to an 8-inch display screen with enhanced voice recognition and the latest smartphone integration functions, including the adoption of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

SR and higher grades are also equipped with satellite navigation and digital (DAB+) radio. A 4.2 inch multi-information display in the instrument binnacle incorporates a digital speed readout, among other new functions.

Personalisation remains a hallmark of HiLux with a wide range of accessories enabling customers to tailor their vehicles to their own work or leisure requirements. Further information, including pricing, will be announced closer to launch.

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Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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