The pick-up is more stylish and comfortable than ever
The Toyota Hilux is forbidden fruit for us in America, much like the Ford Ranger was for quite some time. Now, the stylish pickup has been refreshed for the European market and carries some styling elements that remind us of its big brother, the Tacoma. As you may remember, we expected this thanks to some leaked images we got in April. It's not all aesthetic though, as all four-wheel-drive variants now offer the same payload and towing capacity of 2,204 and 7,716 pounds respectively. In addition, there is a new powertrain, the handling has been updated, and an Invincible trim with new styling elements and finishes has been added to the already impressive machine.
One of the additions that we quite like is an electric aluminum roll cover that keeps your cargo safe and easy to access. What will get most buyers excited is the new 2.8-liter diesel engine with 201 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque. This allows it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 10 seconds flat, 2.8 seconds quicker than the 2.4-liter engine could manage. This engine will be offered with a choice of either a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission with the same number of ratios.
In terms of handling and driving dynamics, the Hilux is still a body-on-frame truck, but the suspension and power steering systems have been updated, with Toyota claiming better on- and off-road comfort. Better throttle response is also promised, while an electronic LSD on rear-wheel-drive models replaces the traditional mechanical setup.
The Invincible trim is the top spec available and adds some attractive styling elements, with this variant gaining a unique front fascia and grille, a skid plate, over-fender arches, and special door handles and wheels along with a new tailgate design. Inside, black metallic and black chrome trim elements are joined by a smart key, while crew cab variants also get blue ambient lighting and perforated leather seats. Overall, the new Hilux looks fantastic, and with new paint colors, an updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a JBL sound system, and rear parking sensors, we want this pickup in the States more than ever. Maybe Toyota will make our dreams come true with a Raptor rival.