Expands the model’s legendary prowess with:
- An even stronger frame
- Four powerplants (including two new high-torque turbo-diesel engines)
- Increased towing capacity up to 3.5 tonnes^
- Payloads of up to 1240kg.
Toyota’s Australian engineers took global responsibility for developing the rugged suspension package for the local HiLux with testing at the Anglesea proving ground and over sealed roads and off-road trails in Victoria, NSW and South Australia. The set-up – with improved off-road performance, better suppression of vibrations and improved roll stiffness – will also be used to provide superior ride and handling in the harsh conditions of South Africa, Russia and South America.
Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the first HiLux since 2005 redefines the “unbreakable” tag.
“The next-generation Toyota HiLux inherits the core values of quality, durability and reliability – and takes those attributes to an even higher level,” Mr Cramb said.
“The introduction of an even stronger frame, new engines, greater off-road ability and car-like features ensures the next-generation HiLux combines the best features of a workhorse ute and a SUV,” he said.
Improved performance and economy are supported by new six-speed manual and automatic transmissions, including an “intelligent” manual transmission that helps eliminate shift shock by matching engine revs to the transmission speed.
HiLux has arrived in Australia with greater customer choice:
- 31 variants (now 23) with 4x2 and 4x4
- Three cabin styles (single, extra and double)
- Three equipment grades (WorkMate, SR and SR5)
The expansion in HiLux variants is focused on adding more:
- Double cabs
- 4x4 variants
- Diesel options
- Reintroducing 4x4 WorkMate
For the first time, the HiLux range includes: Hi-Rider variants – a 2WD with the ride height and heavy-duty suspension of a 4WD model.
The double cab HiLux revealed in Australia features 18-inch wheels on a body that is sleeker and more muscular at 70mm longer and 20mm wider with a slightly lower roofline. The range also includes 16 and 17-inch wheels.
Larger exterior dimensions and clever packaging have liberated more interior space front and rear and enabled designers to offer a more natural seating position. HiLux also benefits from a larger fuel tank (80 litres), all-terrain tyres on many variants and available LED headlights and DRLs.
Body rigidity has been improved with additional spot welds reinforcing HiLux’s toughness and contributing to better steering response. Greater use of high-tensile steel helps reduce weight while ensuring body strength.