Toyota Hilux 2016 review

The 2016 Toyota Hilux is one of the most eagerly-anticipated pickup truck launches of 2016. Since 1967, the Toyota Hilux has built up a reputation as a strong and able workhand, while the eighth-generation adds increased comfort, refinement and safety.

One of the most striking aspects of the new model is its size. The new Toyota Hilux appears to be a lot bulkier – and that’s because it is. Measuring 5,350mm long, 1,855mm wide and 1,855mm high, the new Hilux is 90mm longer, 20mm wider and 5mm than the outgoing model.

Toyota Hilux specification

UK specifications won’t be announced until at least late spring/summer of 2016, but we can give you an idea of the new equipment that has been introduced into Asia-Pacific models. There is a new seven-inch touchscreen display for higher-spec models, along with dual-zone climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, reversing cameras and much more.

Currently, Toyota offers the Hilux in Active, Icon and Invincible trims, but it’s yet to be confirmed if these will continue with the new model.

Toyota Hilux engine & driveline

While the engine line-up for Europe has yet to be confirmed, Asian models are powered by a set of newly-developed 2.4-litre (168hp/400Nm) and 2.8-litre (177hp/450Nm) turbo-diesel engines. Both engines are hooked to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Fuel economy, however, seems to be fall short of the already-launched Nissan NP300 Navara and Mitsubishi L200. On the Australian test-cycle, the 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre engines achieved 38.7mpg and 34.0mpg respectively.

Toyota Hilux towing and load area

The 2016 Toyota Hilux will be joining the likes of the Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max and Nissan NP300 Navara in offering operators a 3.5 tonne towing capacity. At this stage, we can’t be certain what the payloads will be as many Australian models offer less than one-tonne – which is not commercially viable to offer here because of tax reasons.

Big improvements have been made to the size of the load area, which is now one of the largest in the class. The maximum load length of the double-cab has been extended 19mm to 1,569mm and the width is now 79mm wide at 1,645mm (width in-between the wheelarches is 1,109mm).

Toyota Hilux Off-road

The 2016 Toyota Hilux features an even tougher ladder frame and the slightly raised chassis means that ground clearance has increased to 279mm. Approach and departure angles have also 31 and 26-degrees respectively and a wading depth of 700mm.

The new, electronic 4×4 system can be engaged at speeds of up to 30mph and features a low and high-range transfer case with front and rear limited-slip diffs. The system is complemented by Active Traction Control (A-TRC), Downhill Assist Control (DAC) and Hill Start Assist Control (HAC).

Toyota Hilux price and availability

Professional Pickup & 4×4 will be attending the European launch (date tbc), although the first preview will be at the Geneva Show in early March 2016. Keep checking back Professional Pickup & 4×4 for all the latest information.

Toyota Hilux 2016 review

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