New Toyota Hilux update engine brings more power, alongside revised looks, improved tech and chassis tweaks for the pick-up.
Toyota has given its venerable Hilux ute a makeover, overhauling its design, revising the chassis and improving output from the engine.
The refreshed Ford Ranger rival, which will go on sale in Australia in October, has a new front-end look with a three dimensional grille and bumper treatment said to increase its “road presence”. Higher trim levels also receive LED light clusters front and rear, while a new bronze metallic colour is offered.
Inside the changes include an updated infotainment system, with an eight-inch screen and updated software claimed to be faster and more responsive, alongside new physical shortcut buttons. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features, too. New available kit include an 800w, nine-speaker JBL sound system.
Toyota has also improved the 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. It boasts now produces 150kW (up 20kW) and 500Nm of torque (auto, though still 420Nm with the manual), taking the Hilux from 0-100km/h in ten seconds flat. WLTP economy figures are yet to be released.
The improvements also increase the braked towing capacity for the auto, which is now 3500kg, like the manual.
The Hilux’s suspension and steering have been tweaked, primarily to improve on-road comfort. Retuned shock absorbers and redesigned leaf springs are said to mean a smoother ride.
However there are also tweaks to boost its off-road prowess, including a lower engine idle speed, revised stability control and a new tyre angle monitor. Throttle pedal response has also been improved.