|The all-new Toyota Hilux is about to be officially announced for the domestic market by UMW Toyota Motor in April. Allcarschannel.com has previously previewed the new Hilux in a featured article on upcoming Toyota vehicles to be introduced this year.|
The Toyota Hilux, first released in 1968, has been a dominant presence in the global pick-up market for nearly 50 years. To date, the world’s favorite pick-up has recorded cumulative global sales of over 16 million units. Renowned for its Quality, Durability and Reliability (QDR), the Hilux continues to conquer all types of terrain and achieved podium finishes in the 2016 Dakar Rally. Available in Single, Extra and Double Cab body styles, the new, eighth generation Hilux builds on this legendary reputation and invincible QDR, redefining toughness with a new and stronger ladder chassis, reinforced deck structure, enhanced 4×4 capabilities, plus an improved towing capacity.
At 5,335 mm long, 1,855 mm wide and 1,815 mm high, the new Hilux is 75 mm longer, 20 mm wider and 45 mm lower than its predecessor. The combination of toughness and refinement is expressed in the new front with the sleek styling of a unified upper grille and headlight design with a deep, powerful bumper housing the large lower grille. The bonnet wraps over the front wheel arches to reinforce the solid, road presence while the second horizontal bar of the upper grille extends into the new headlight clusters to form a unique Daytime Running Lamp (DRL) signature featuring 12 white LEDs. With the ‘Hilux’ signature integrated within the side of the casing, the new headlight clusters wrap around the front wings to further emphasize the width of the new pick-up. The advanced technology of the headlight design also incorporates powerful LED low-beam projectors, (available on higher grade models).
Below the bumper, the placement of the fog light housings at the bumper extremities reinforces the solid, stable front stance. The lower corners and bottom of the bumper have been shaped to optimize ground clearance under even the most extreme off-road driving conditions. To the sides, the design favors a more seamless transition of the front bumper into the muscular front wheel arches for a more refined appearance.
The profile sees the use of a thick lower door cross-section which links front and rear wheel arches, the latter now seamlessly integrated within the body, before curving upwards to anchor the wrap-around rear light clusters. Greater style is added to the design through the adoption of a blacked-out B pillar within the smooth, rear-slanted silhouette of Extra Cab and Double Cab model cabins, along with a choice of new 17 and 18-inch alloy wheels. On Double Cab models, the linking of the cab and rear deck with a chrome beltline further unifies the overall design. The cab roof has been carefully shaped to improve both its styling and practicality. It now features an aerodynamic ‘pagoda’-style ‘V’ shape that helps channel air over the roof and off the sides of the vehicle. The antenna has been repositioned further forward to keep it clear of bulky loads or deck attachments. Lastly, the cargo deck of the new Hilux has been made larger, stronger and more practical. Maximum cargo deck width has increased from 1,544 mm to a class-leading 1,645 mm. The tailgate now benefits from stronger, link-type hinges, and heavy-duty steel plate brackets have been adopted for the struts supporting it in the open position.
Accessed via a Smart Entry and Start system the new Hilux interior combines the durability and functionality required of any working vehicle with SUV levels of refinement, and equipment. The horizontal emphasis of the clean, uncluttered dashboard design incorporates new, cross fin-type air vents with rotary dial adjustment. At the same time, the center console is dominated by the integration of a robust, tablet-like seven-inch touch-screen multimedia system. A new driver’s instrument binnacle locates large, clear, analogue speedometer and tachometer dials either side of a full-color 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display.
In addition, integral switchgear, including a four-way rocker switch, allows for quick, easy control of the six-speaker audio and multi-information display systems, as well as linked operation of the seven-inch center console and multi-information displays. In keeping with the more leisure-oriented interior design, the gear lever has been shortened to give a slicker, more passenger car-like shift action. Furthermore, drive mode selection, including all-wheel drive, is now simply made via adjacent, easy-to-use switches.
The premium appearance of the new Hilux interior is reinforced by metallic coated ornamentation to the dashboard, door trim, driver’s instrument binnacle, steering wheel and gear lever bezel. Interior lighting sees the adoption of consistent blue illumination and instrument backlighting throughout. Meantime, the black seat upholstery of the new interior is available in a choice of three finishes. Entry grade models feature a tough, hard-wearing fabric, mid-range feature a high quality, soft-textured durable fabric, while high grade models are upholstered in full leather.
New for the totally re-engineered Hilux are two engine options and five trim levels; available for Malaysia. The engine comes in 2.4-liter or 2.8-liter variation, while the trim levels consist: 2.4 S/Cab, 2.4 2X4 MT, 2.4STD MT, 2.4G MT, 2.4G AT and the top-of-the-range 2.8G AT. All engines are paired to a six-speed transmisson with ATRC.
The new Hilux sees the introduction of Toyota Safety Sense, which incorporates these driver’s assistance systems: Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Automatic High Beam (AHB) and Road Sign Assist (RSA) systems. Further safety features and asistance systems will be made clear, following the new Hilux’s domestic debut.
The estimated prices for the all-new Hilux follow: 2.4 S/Cab at RM 92,720, 2.4 2X4 MT at RM 94,700, 2.4STD MT at RM 106,650, 2.4G MT at RM 114,590, 2.4G AT at RM 124, 530 and the top-of-the-range 2.8G AT at RM 134,120. Colors and further details will be available soon enough…