18 November 2020

New Toyota Hilux makes powerful impression

Toyota's new generation Hilux pick-up is now on sale in dealerships priced from €24,258 ex VAT, writes Trish Whelan.

It comes with a bold new design for greater prestige and on-road presence and is powered by a new 2.8 powertrain which the Japanese carmaker claims has improved on- and off-road performance. This new Euro 6d-compliant 2755 cc diesel engine generates 204hp and, with automatic transmission, 500 Nm of torque while maximum torque for the manual transmission version is 420Nm.

The Hilux's one-tonne payload and 3.5 tonne towing capability has now been expanded to all 4-wheel drive body types (Single Car and Double Cab). Toyota say the engineering goal for the new Hilux was to maintain its legendary off-road capabilities whilst improving its on-road comfort. The comfort and driveability has been enhanced through improvements to the suspension and power steering systems.

The model's off-road credentials have been further enhanced by the addition of a new electronic function (that can be activated in 2WD mode) replicating the effect of a mechanical limited-slip differential for improved traction on low grip surfaces in 2-wheel drive mode (available on 4WD models only).

This workhorse vehicle has class-leading minimum running ground clearance of 310mm on Double cabs and a wading depth of 700mm.

Inside, there's a new 8-inch tablet-style touchscreen, standard from SR5 grade. The enhanced multimedia system features faster software and screen response and incorporates both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smart phone integration.

Features include smart entry and push-button start, satellite navigation, auto air-conditioning, and front and rear parking sensors. The new Hilux will be available for test drive in January.

Since its launch in 1968, the 'indestructible' Hilux has proved its invincibility having conquered the North Pole, Icelandic volcanoes, the Antarctic and a win in the Dakar Rally Rally in 2019.