The Toyota Hilux Invincible X is to receive a new front end, similar to the Hilux Revo in Thailand, in spring 2018. The new look model went on display at the Commercial Vehicle Show, which took place from the 24th until the 26th of April 2018 at the NEC Arena in Birmingham (click here for more show information).
New exterior and interior design
When the eighth-generation Hilux went on sale in 2016, it wasn’t well received in its biggest market of Thailand. Many leading publications in the country criticised the design for being ‘too modest’ which led to a facelift just 12 months after its initial launch. The redesign took inspiration from the company’s North American pickup, the Tacoma.
Now, Toyota Europe has confirmed that the redesigned model will also be coming to our shores in Invincible X form. The new design consists of a more prominent grille, a restyled bumper and a vertical cluster for the fog lights, although the headlights and LED daytime running lights carried over from the current Hilux. Inside, the dashboard and specification remains identical to the current model.
Same engine and driveline
Elsewhere, it’s business as usual for the Toyota Hilux. The same 2.4-litre engine (hooked to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic) remains as the sole powerplant option which can develop up to 150hp and 400Nm, although Toyota was keen to quash rumours that the larger 2.8 litre engine – available in all other Hilux markets outside of Europe – would be coming to the UK.
The Toyota Hilux is very productive with a one tonne payload and a 3.5 tonne towing capacity. The changes to the front end aren’t expected to affect the more utilitarian Active and Icon models. The upgrade is expected to coincide with a slight increase in pricing.