Few pickup trucks do tough like the Toyota Hilux, but the current model is far from the most powerful model on the market, so Toyota is addressing that by installing a larger, 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine in this year’s updated model.
Professional Pickup and 4×4 has learned that the facelifted Toyota Hilux arriving later this year will feature an entirely new engine, bringing with it power upgrades and improved performance. It shares the same capacity as the 2.8-litre engine currently in use in the Land Cruiser Commercial, but brings with it more power and torque, as well as improved efficiency.
The 16% increase in engine capacity over the current 2.4-litre unit translates to an extra 55hp, taking the total output to an impressive 205hp. Torque figures also rise accordingly, seeing a significant increase from 400Nm to 500Nm, with peak torque available from as low as 1,400rpm.
An increasing focus on emissions sees the new engine receiving a number of developments, from a resin headcover to reducing the thickness of the entire cylinder head, as well as a variable nozzle turbocharger. The continuing use of a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system – or AdBlue – can eliminate up to 99% of NOx emissions.
Electronically controlled common-rail fuel injection achieves higher pressure and advanced injection pressure control than traditional units, while two intake ports are used together per cylinder, depending on the engine speed, to produce a high swirl flow, agitating the air/fuel mixture to enhance combustion efficiency.
As well as the changes under the bonnet, the 2021 Toyota Hilux receives a number of cosmetic updates, from a significantly bolder grille to full LED lights front and rear.
The interior will also see some upgrades, with Toyota’s latest Touch 2 infotainment system being fitted to some models, bringing with it Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the first time.
It’s currently unknown if the new engine will be available across the entire Hilux range. Known for its legendary reliability, Toyota will continue to back the Hilux by providing a five-year warranty (limited to 100,000 miles) and five years’ roadside assistance.