After a multitude of fully revealing spy shots, Toyota has finally taken the wraps off the eighth generation Hilux.
Billed as being an all-new model, the 2016 Hilux is 70mm longer and 20mm wider than its predecessor and comes with a slightly lower roofline and LED headlights with daytime running lights. It adopts a slightly more refined exterior design with a deeper front bumper, pronounced fender flares and more prominent character lines. The rear bumper has been redesigned while the new tailgate incorporates a rearview camera offered as standard. Based on the trim level, the new Hilux can ride on 16, 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels.
Stepping inside the cabin, it adopts a more car-like interior which according to Toyota will bring the utility and comfort you would expect to see in an SUV. The most noticeable feature is a tablet-like touchscreen display for the infotainment system, along with a 4WD changeover switch, leather upholstery and an LCD screen positioned between the speedometer and tachometer.
As far as the engines are concerned, the 2016 Toyota Hilux will be available depending on market with a 2.4-liter turbodiesel producing 160 bhp (119 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) along with a 2.8-liter turbodiesel rated at 177 bhp (132 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm). There's also a 2.7-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated gasoline engine with 164 bhp (122 kW) and a beefier 4.0-liter six-cylinder with 278 bhp (207 kW). Depending on engine choice, Toyota will be offering a six-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed automatic transmission.
Toyota says the overhauled Hilux will be able to offer a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 kg (7,716 lbs) and a payload of up to 1,240 kg (2,733 lbs).
Sales of the all-new Toyota Hilux will commence in the following months.
Check out the attached press release for further details.