On June 4, 2020, Toyota’s Belgian subsidiary unveiled the new Hilux. The new model has drastically revamped its design and content, including a newly developed diesel engine that is improved than the previous model.
More powerful than ever
The new Hilux has been updated in various areas, including a striking new design, the addition of a 2.8-liter powertrain, and improved performance both on and off-road.
Since its launch in 1968, the Hilux has been a global model sold in many countries around the world. In recent years, Formula One champion Fernando Alonso has entered the Dakar Rally with a machine based on the Hilux. A video of him testing his new machine was released on June 2, 2020.
The front end of the new Hilux has been redesigned to look tougher and more active, with a bold and powerful three-dimensional grille and an emphasized front bumper.
Newly designed front and rear LED light clusters, black 18-inch aluminum wheel designs, and three new body colors including “Emotional Red II” highlight the world of the new Hilux.
Inside, you can see a new meter design and an 8-inch display featuring analog buttons and dials. The display is also capable of using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone integration.
Optional parts include a sports bar, electric aluminum roll cover, tailgate lock, hardtop, and 12V power supply.
The powertrain of the new Hilux adds a newly developed 2.8-liter diesel engine. This new engine, which produces a maximum torque of 500 Nm, achieves 0-60 mph in just 10.0 seconds (2.8 seconds faster than the existing 2.4-liter diesel) and is available with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.
In terms of comfort and drivability, the suspension and power steering system have been improved. The front and rear shock absorbers have been tuned to provide a smooth ride.
Performance on rough terrains has also been improved by adding an electronic device that mimics the function of a mechanical LSD.
Sales of the new Hilux are scheduled to begin in July 2020 for Eastern Europe and in October 2020 for Western Europe. Japanese-spec Hilux will also get an upgrade soon, but it is rumored that the design will pretty much be the same as the model which Toyota of Australia recently revealed.