All new Toyota Hilux makes global debut
The eighth-generation Toyota Hilux was officially unveiled in Bangkok today, marking the start of sales of the all-new model in Thailand.
Completely re-designed from the inside out, the all-new Hilux is now 70mm longer and 20mm wider than the outgoing version, 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 rear view camera offered as standard.
Inside the cabin, it adopts a more car-like interior, similar to most new pickup trucks in the market at the moment. According to Toyota, the new Hilux 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.
Under the hood, the new Hilux will be available depending on market with a 2.4-liter turbodiesel producing 160 bhp and 400 Nm along with a 2.8-liter turbodiesel rated at 177 bhp and 450 Nm. There’s also a 2.7-liter our-cylinder naturally aspirated gasoline engine with 164 bhp and a beefier 4.0-liter six-cylinder with 278 bhp. Depending on engine choice, Toyota will be offering a six-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed automatic transmission.
It is also the world’s first pick-up to feature a manual transmission with rev matching technology.
Toyota says the overhauled Hilux will be able to offer a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 kg and a payload of up to 1,240 kg.
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