Toyota revises the Hilux pickup and brings the 2.8-liter diesel engine from the Land Cruiser, which fans have been longing for – with more than 200 hp. In a first teaser film, motorsport legend Fernando Alonso drives the new model with 204 hp.
Since Toyota introduced the eighth generation of the Hilux in 2015, the European fan base of the legendary pickup has been waiting for the powerful 2.8-liter turbodiesel, which we only offered in the Toyota Land Cruiser. While this combination has been available for some time in individual markets, for example in southern Africa, the European headquarters left it with the 2.4-liter variant of the new GD diesel engine family, which was also launched in 2015.
At the halfway point of the model cycle and the associated revision of the Toyota Hilux, there is finally a remedy. The Hilux will also optionally be available in Europe with the 1GD FTV engine. The engine is known from the Land Cruiser also gets a performance update. So far with 177 HP at the start, he will break the 200 HP mark in both the Land Cruiser and the Hilux. In the future, the Toyota technicians will approve 204 hp and a bearish 500 Nm of torque.
Even if the value for pickup customers is only secondary, it should still be mentioned: The Hilux 2.8 does the sprint from a standing start to 100 km / h in ten seconds, 2.8 seconds faster than the previous 2KD FTV diesel, which is still offered 2.4-liter displacement. The new 2.8-liter diesel is only available in Germany in conjunction with the six-speed automatic converter and is available for both the extra and the double cab.
In addition to the new top engine, there is also a chassis revision. A modified tuning for the shock absorbers, new chassis bearings, and newly adjusted leaf springs should improve driving comfort. There will also be traction control on the rear axle for the rear-wheel-drive 2WD variants of the Toyota Hilux.
As new top equipment comes the Toyota Hilux in the Invincible version, which is available for the double and the one and a half cab. The Invincible gets its design for the grille, bumper, underrun protection, fenders, door handles, wheels, and loading flap. In the interior, the top model has its instrument design, special decor elements in black metallic, and a smart entry system instead of the normal handheld transmitter for central locking.
As a double cabin, the Toyota Hilux Invincible also gets blue ambient lighting in the doors and two-tone leather seats with a perforated seat on the way. The revised infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen and a JBL premium sound system with nine speakers and an eight-channel amplifier with 800 watts are available as additional options.
Even before the official premiere, Toyota showed a video in which the Spanish motorsport icon Fernando Alonso tests a camouflaged Hilux prototype. The video was created during test sessions with the Dakar Rally Hilux from Gazoo Racing, on which Fernando Alonso started with co-driver Marc Coma in January (the two took 13th overall place at the Dakar Rally at their Toyota premiere ).
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The pre-sale of the Facelift Hilux will start in the summer, and deliveries to dealers are scheduled to start in September. At the prices of the Toyota Hilux Facelift, the German headquarters is still keeping a low profile, but the top variant Invincible with the new power diesel will undoubtedly break the 50,000 euro mark.
Toyota revised the Hilux in the middle of the model cycle. In addition to a customized look, the 2.8-liter diesel engine from the Toyota Land Cruiser will now also be available in Europe, but with an increase in performance compared to the previous 177-hp version. With future 204 HP and the new top equipment called Invincible, Toyota also wants to place the Hilux more in the lifestyle corner.