Toyota’s Hilux pickup is to get added power, performance and style as part of a range of updates for the eighth-gen model.
The current model (see full range history here) launched in 2016 and the upgraded versions, which debut this autumn, will see pre-sales start from 1 September for the range-topping Invincible and Invincible X Double Cab models while the full range of single, extra and double cab pickups goes on sale in November.
As well as the 2.4-litre D-4D engine introduced on the current generation, the updated model will also offer a new 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine to bring increased power, torque and performance.
Fitted as standard to the Invincible X and available as an option for the Invincible, the unit produces a maximum 204hp – an increase of 54hp on the 2.4-litre unit – and lifts maximum torque by 100Nm to 500Nm. The 0-62mph acceleration time is cut by 2.7 seconds to 10 seconds (Double Cab with automatic transmission). It can be specified with six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The new unit will also be fitted with a stop-start system, following the introduction of stop-start on the 2.4-litre late last year. WLTP fuel economy and CO2 emissions data will be announced closer to on-sale date.
The updated Hilux also introduces new exterior and interior styling, including a bolder grille and bumper on the front of the vehicle, while the Invincible and Invincible X models feature new LED headlights and rear light clusters, plus 18-inch alloy wheels with a contrast machined/black finish for the Invincible and a two-tone dark finish for the Invincible X.
Upgrades to the cabin introduce a new-design instrument combimeter and, on Icon and higher grade models, an eight-inch multimedia screen mounted on the centre console.
Dynamic improvements see the rear leaf springs updated, while new bushes have been introduced and the shock absorbers have been retuned to gain better ride and handling.
The latest Hilux will also include a new automatic limited-slip differential on Icon grade models and above, aiding vehicle control when accelerating on low-grip surfaces. Operating when the Hilux is in H2 mode, it automatically sends drive torque to the rear wheel with traction, while applying brake control to the opposite wheel.
Hilux is also equipped with active traction control, which maximises traction when driving on L4 mode. Further vehicle control support is provided by Hill-start Assist Control and, on Icon grade and above, Downhill Assist Control.
Equipment updates feature an eight-inch touchscreen multimedia system on Icon trim and above, bringing faster display response to touch-commands and faster software operation. Seamless smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and DAB reception is also provided. All models feature Bluetooth and a USB port, while satellite navigation is part of the standard package for the Invincible X model, which also features a new nine-speaker JBL premium sound system.
Other changes see the latest Toyota Safety Sense package of safety tech now available as standard on the entry-level Active model – it had previously been an option. The Icon grade now gets the latest Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with eight-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration and the automatic limited-slip differential.
The Hilux Invincible gains new-design 18-inch alloys, LED tail lights, front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats and a de-icing control for the windscreen wipers, while the Invincible X gets interior lighting and the JBL premium sound system.
Pre-sales reservations are open from 1 September for the new Hilux Invincible and Invincible X, prior to the start of sales of all versions in November.
Prices for the Invincible start at £29,158 (CV OTR) for the 2.4 diesel with manual transmission and rise to £30,803 for the 2.8-litre with automatic transmission. The updated Invincible X starts at £32,533 for the 2.8-litre manual and is priced at £33,783 for the 2.8-litre auto.
Prices for the Active and Icon models will be announced nearer the on-sale date.