The new Toyota Fortuner isn’t the only big news this morning. The Japanese car manufacturer has also revealed a refreshed version of the Hilux pickup truck flaunting new looks and packing an upgraded engine.
First, let’s talk about the improved mill. The 2.8-liter turbodiesel option now comes with 201hp and 500Nm of torque—a noticeable bump from the 174hp and 420Nm or 450Nm of torque we’re accustomed to here in the Philippines. The brand also claims that both the 2.8- and 2.4-liter engines boast better fuel economy, and have had their idling reduced from 850rpm to 650rpm for more capability off-road. Toyota also claims that it has improved the vehicle’s suspension setup, providing it with better shock absorption capability.
In terms of aesthetics, the first thing you’ll notice is the new face featuring bolder lines, tougher angles, and a significant amount of new trim (either chrome or black plastic, depending on the variant) surrounding the grille. It also runs on new-look wheels, and, if you look closely, redesigned headlights with daytime running lights and LED taillights. Inside, the truck receives new touchscreen and gauge designs.
And, speaking of touchscreens, the infotainment system now features Apple CarPlay compatibility (no word on Android Auto, though). The TFT information screen can now also display the truck’s wheel position. Also worth highlighting is that the Hilux now comes available with Toyota Safety Sense features like Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Alert.
So far, the new and improved Toyota Hilux has only been launched in Thailand. No official details yet regarding a Philippine launch or how much of what we mentioned above will carry over to our market. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long. Are you excited for this?