The Toyota C-HR may have stolen the show in Geneva but the new Hilux was also unveiled. It offers an even tougher chassis, enhanced 4x4 capability, practicality and functionality, better safety features and an even more appealing cost of ownership. All this plus improved styling and comfort!
The Hilux is available with a 2.4 litre D-4D diesel engine, in two or four-wheel drive. This year the Hilux will be available in either 6-speed manual transmission or a new 6-speed automatic. It boasts a more responsive engine with improved torque delivery in low and medium speed ranges. The low range four-wheel drive gear lever has also been removed and replaced with a much easier to use switch.
The torsional rigidity in the new Hilux chassis has increased by 20% when compared to the current model, making it even more stable and strong. New suspension has furthered off-road capability as well as producing improved SUV-like ride comfort.
The Hilux is longer and wider that the current model but has a lower overall height. The wheelbase remains the same. The rear deck is 124mm wider than before, standing at 1645mm and it’s stronger, with redesigned floor ribs and a reinforced head panel. The tailgate features stronger link-type tailgate hinges and heavy duty steel plate brackets to keep your kit secure.
In terms of styling, the bumper has a more expressive shape and a larger lower grille, while the wrap around headlamps emphasise its width. There is a choice of 17 or 18 inch alloy wheels.
Inside, it has more equipment and better quality materials. Depending on the specification you choose, the new Hilux will include a tablet like 7-inch touch screen multimedia system, new driver’s instrument binnacle, new steering wheel with integrated switchgear, shortened gear lever, six speaker audio system and a new air conditioning system. Leather upholstery is available on top specification models.