The Hilux is a series of medium-size pickup trucks which has been sold by Toyota for nearly 50 years now, so the truck reached its eight generation which has been released not too long ago as the 2016 Toyota Hilux. While many people thought that it would get watered down, the truck is better than ever, offering a body-on-frame type of construction and even more ruggedness than the previous version. Toyota worked extensively in order to deliver a better truck which was no easy task but we think they might actually did it.
2016 Toyota Hilux Review
The new model is cheaper, faster, more powerful as well as more fuel efficient than the truck it is replacing and just like before, it is available in a utility or off-road form, so it has the perfect traits for most people out there. The truck is already available for sale in Australia and a few other markets and it should hit the European markets some time at the end of 2015.
The price dropped significantly, meaning that the base model can be had for the equivalent of just $18,000 which is a lot better than its major competitors like the Ranger or the Amarok.
2016 Toyota Hilux Engine
Engine wise, the new 2016 Toyota Hilux can be had with four different engines which range in power depending on the market they are sold in. Europe will only get the diesel engines while most other markets will get all of them. The base version features a naturally aspirated 2.7 liter inline 4 which is good for 160 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. Further up the range there is a 4 liter V6 with 278 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. Both of these come as standard with rear wheel drive and a 6 speed manual while all wheel drive or a 6 speed automatic can be had as options. The utility model will only come with the smaller engine of the two.
There are also two diesel engines offered, a 2.4 liter model with 160 horsepower and 253 or 300 lb-ft of torque, depending if the buyer gets the 6 speed manual or the 6 speed automatic. An optional 2.8 liter diesel can also be had with 174 horsepower and 310 or 330 lb-ft of torque. The latter will only be available on the four wheel drive model and it is expected to be the best seller in Europe. Unfortunately, the great 4 liter V6 will not come in Europe but a 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 is expected to come at a later time.
Interior of 2016 Toyota Hilux
Inside the cabin, the 2016 Toyota Hilux has been improved greatly so now it looks less like a truck and more like a car which is very good news because it means that the customers now have more options to choose from and not just the two German pickup trucks. As standard it comes with air conditioning, RDS radio, leather wrapped steering wheel and electric windows which is quite good for a truck. The higher end versions will add all the usual features of a premium car such as climate control, satellite navigation or premium upholstery.
Its design is probably the biggest change yet and that is because the current model has absolutely nothing in common with the older generation. The front end is all new with a big wide chromed grille and big headlights which come as standard with Xenon as well as LED daytime running lights which are just above the standard headlights. The utility version of the truck will get the same cabin as the off-road model but it will be available with a naked chassis or with different sized beds which will allow the truck to meet any customer’s demands and more.