The new iteration of the Toyota Hilux will arrive in the UK in November, with pre-sales of the consumer-focussed variants starting as early as September, but only prices of the range-topping models have been released.
Updates to the new Toyota Hilux are significant, with a new engine, revised suspension and an upgraded cabin amongst the highlights. Most obvious, of course, is the restyled exterior that introduces a chiselled, contemporary new look.
Exterior and Interior Updates
We have to wait a little longer before the Active and Icon models are detailed in full, but Toyota has provided details of the Invincible and Invincible X version. Both receive a more powerful, three-dimensional treatment of the grille and bumper, with the effect even greater on the top-of-the-range Invincible X. Both models also feature new LED headlights and rear light clusters, plus 18-inch alloy wheels with a contrast machined/black finish for the Invincible and a two-tone dark finish for the Invincible X.
Invincible X models also come fitted with dedicated body styling elements in a dark matt grey finish, including the frame for the new front grille, skid plates, side steps, tailgate and door handles and overfenders, with the front overfenders extending into the front fog light surrounds.
The upgraded cabin features a new-design instrument combimeter and, on Icon and higher grade models, an eight-inch multimedia screen mounted on the centre console. This benefits from faster display response to touch commands, with seamless smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. All models feature Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port, while satellite navigation is part of the standard package for the Invincible X model.
The Invincible X also features a powerful nine-speaker JBL sound system with a speaker array that includes a 224mm subwoofer, 150mm full range and 80mm wide dispersion units for a stage effect, 170mm mid-woofers and 25mm tweets. With an 800W eight-channel amplifier, the system uses Harman CLARiFi technology to gain the best sound quality from compressed audio files.
Other improvements on Invincible X include ambient interior lighting, two-tone dark leather seat upholstery, with power adjustment for the driver’s seat.
Buyers can also choose from a wide range of accessories to personalise their new Hilux and equip it to suit their specific work or leisure requirements at various prices. Items include a range of hardtops and roll covers, a locking tailgate and a 12V power supply mounted on the deck.
Engine and Drivetrain
The new 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine, first revealed by Professional Pickup & 4×4, gives the Hilux an impressive boost in power, torque and performance. It’s the only engine option on the Invincible X, while other models can choose between the new unit or the existing 2.4-litre engine.
Producing a maximum 204hp – an increase of 54hp on the 2.4-litre unit – and raising maximum torque from 400Nm to 500Nm results in vastly improved performance. The extra muscle cuts the 0-62mph acceleration time by 2.7 seconds to as little as 10 seconds
Updates to the suspension hope to finesse that balance between on-road comfort and off-road ability, with revised leaf springs at the rear, along with new bushes and retuned shock absorbers.
The new Hilux’s handling systems have been extended with the addition of an automatic limited-slip differential (on Icon grade models and above) which helps vehicle control when accelerating on low-grip surfaces. Operating when the Hilux is in H2 (high-ratio, two-wheel drive) mode, it automatically sends drive torque to the rear wheel with traction, while applying brake control to the opposite wheel.
Active traction control (A-TRC), which maximises traction when driving on L4 (low-ratio, all-wheel drive) mode, is fitted to the new Hilux. Further vehicle control support is provided by Hill-start Assist Control and, on Icon grade and above, Downhill Assist Control.
Pricing and Availability
The new range of Single, Extra and Double Cab pick-ups will go on sale in November, with pre-sales from 1 September for the range-topping Invincible and Invincible X Double Cab models. Prices for the new Toyota Hilux Invincible and Invincible X models are shown in the table below; with prices for the Active and Icon models expected to follow nearer the on-sale date.
|Grade||Engine||Gearbox||OTR Price||CV OTR Price|
|Invincible X||2.8||6 Man||£38,975||£32,533|