New Toyota Hilux: More Performance, Refinement and Technology

New design work, a new interior, a new engine and revised suspension makes the new Toyota Hilux far more than just a light facelift of the existing model.

While it is an update, rather than an all-new model, there are significant changes to the Hilux that will boost its appeal to professional and lifestyle customers alike.

New Toyota Hilux: Design Changes

The most obvious change is cosmetic, with the new Toyota Hilux getting a significant makeover. Gone is the rather gentle styling, replaced by bold, dramatic contours. Chief amongst these is the new three-dimensional grille and front bumper treatment that increases the vehicle’s road presence. Some models, including the Invincible pictured here, also benefit from LED headlights and LED light clusters at the rear.

There is also a striking new colour option – Titan Bronze metallic.

You can see a full gallery of the new Toyota Hilux, from whole vehicle shots to close-up detail images, right here.

The new Toyota Hilux rear

New Toyota Hilux: Upgraded Interior

A full upgrade of the Hilux interior has taken place, with an eight-inch infotainment screen taking pride of place on the centre stack. This now features physical buttons to make use easier when moving, and also benefits from Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

The touchscreen also allows control of the satellite navigation and nine-speaker JBL sound system with its 800W eight-channel amplifier and CLARI-Fi technology by Harman; this takes digital audio (such as from MP3 files or streaming via Spotify) and improves audio quality by filling in lost data and producing clearer high notes and bigger bass notes.

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The instrument binnacle has been upgraded, featuring clearer, brighter, dials and a colour digital display. The revised model also includes keyless entry and push-button start, which will aid busy professional users.

The new Toyota Hilux interior

New Toyota Hilux: New Engine

As we revealed in May 2020, the new Toyota Hilux gets a boosted powertrain range has been bolstered by the addition of a more powerful, 204hp 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine. The new engine generates 500Nm of torque and knocks a huge 3.2 seconds off the 0-62mph sprint – this now takes just 10.0 seconds, accelerating the Hilux back into the best-in-class area.

The new engine will be available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox, with fuel economy on the combined cycle test of 36.3mpg. CO2 emissions are 204g/km.

The new Toyota Hilux profile

New Toyota Hilux: Driving Dynamics

Toyota’s engineers have focused on improving on-road comfort for the new Hilux, without compromising its off-road ability. Comfort and driveability have been enhanced through improvements to the suspension and power steering; the front and rear shock absorbers have been retuned, with an improved leaf spring design and new bushing. These contribute to a smoother ride with less shock when driving over joints and holes in the road surface.

Off-road performance has been enhanced with the lowering of engine speed at idle from 850 to 680rpm, and accelerator response tuned for greater driver control. The vehicle stability control has been updated and a new tyre angle monitor has been adopted.

All models feature four-wheel-drive.

New Toyota Hilux: Towing and Load Capacities

Precise figures are currently unavailable, but Toyota has promised that the new Hilux will retain its one-tonne payload and 3.5-tonne towing capacity across all three body types: Single Cab, Extra Cab and Double Cab.

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New Toyota Hilux: Price and Availability

There are no prices for the new Toyota Hilux yet, as it’s not due in the UK for some months. Toyota dealers are expected to have the vehicle in their showrooms in November this year, with full pricing released shortly before that.

From launch, customers will be able to choose from a range of accessories to personalise their Hilux and equip it to suit their specific work or leisure requirements, including a range of hard tops and roll covers, a locking tailgate and a 12V power supply mounted on the deck.