Official Press Release of Toyota Europe
A new Era for the Pick-Up, but Every Inch a Hilux
Tougher, stronger and more capable off-road than ever before, the all-new Toyota remains every inch a Hilux. Yet it also heralds a new era for the pick-up, with the style, comfort, safety and advanced technology to satisfy even the most discerning
Geneva, Switzerland – First released in 1968, and one year later throughout Europe, the legendary Toyota Hilux has been a dominant presence in the global pick-up market for nearly 50 years.
To date, the world’s favourite pick-up has recorded cumulative global sales of over 16 million units. In Europe, some 34,000 Hilux vehicles were sold in 2015, representing a 23.1% share of the segment and making Hilux Europe’s best-selling pick-up.
Renowned for its Quality, Durability and Reliability (QDR), the unstoppable Hilux continues to amaze as it conquers the North Pole, Icelandic volcanoes and the Antarctic continent, and also achieves podium finishes in the Dakar Rally Raid.
Available in Single Cab, four-seat Extra Cab and five-seat Double Cab body styles, the new, 8th generation Hilux builds on this legendary reputation and invincible QDR, redefining toughness for business users with a new and stronger ladder chassis, a reinforced deck structure, enhanced 4×4 capabilities, and an improved towing capacity.
At the same time, the new Hilux responds to a growth in the leisure usage of pick-ups in recent years with a new, contemporary design, greater comfort, advanced equipment and improved safety, making it more stylish and stress-free to drive than ever.
Exterior Design – Toughness Redefined
At 5,335 mm long, 1,855 mm wide and 1,815 mm high, the new Hilux is 75 mm longer, 20 mm wider and 45 mm lower than its predecessor.
The workhorse toughness and rugged durability inherent in every Hilux generation is now combined with the new-found levels of sophistication demanded by a growing leisure market to create the unique, next generation pick-up appeal of the all-new Hilux model range.
Nowhere is this unique combination of toughness and refinement more clearly expressed than in the new front. This combines the sleek, Keen Look styling of a unified upper grille and headlamp design with the ruggedness of a deep, powerful bumper housing the large, Under Priority lower grille.
Beneath the trademark ‘clamshell’ hood which wraps over the front wheel arches to reinforce the new Toyota’s solid, one-piece road presence, the second horizontal bar of the upper grille runs the full width of the new Hilux, extending into the new headlamp clusters to form a unique Daytime Running Lamp (DRL) signature featuring 12 white LEDs.
With the ‘Hilux’ signature integrated within the side of the casing, the new headlamp clusters wrap around the vehicle side fenders to further emphasise the width of the new pick-up. The advanced technology of the Keen Look headlamp design also incorporates powerful LED low-beam projectors, available on High grade models.
Below, the bumper design emphasises the tough, durable functionality expected of any Hilux. The trapezoidal shape of the lower grille highlights Toyota’s Under Priority design language, whilst the placement of the foglamp housings at the bumper extremities reinforces the new pick-up’s solid, stable front stance.
Flowing smoothly into a new, stronger and wider undercover, the lower corners and bottom of the bumper have been shaped to optimise ground clearance under even the most extreme off-road driving conditions.
To the sides, the new Hilux abandons a visually separate ‘over fender’ design in favour of the seamless transition of the front bumper into the muscular front wheel arches for a more refined appearance.
Both dynamism and toughness are incorporated in the profile of the new Toyota pick-up by the use of a thick lower door cross-section which links front and rear wheel arches -the latter also now seamlessly integrated within the body- before curving upwards to anchor the wrap-around rear lamp clusters.
Greater style is added to the design through the adoption of a blacked-out B pillar within the smooth, rear-slanted silhouette of Extra Cab and Double Cab model cabins, and a choice of new 17” and 18” alloy wheels. On Double Cab models, the linking of the cab and rear deck with a chrome beltline further unifies the overall design.
The cab roof has been carefully shaped to improve both its styling and practicality. It now features an aerodynamic, ‘pagoda’-style ‘V’ shape that helps channel air over the roof and off the sides of the vehicle, rather than into the deck where it can create drag against the tailgate. Even the minor detail of the antenna has been considered; it has been repositioned further forward to keep it clear of bulky loads or deck attachments.
Flanked by a new lamp cluster design which incorporates aero stabilising fins to improve aerodynamic efficiency, the rear of the new Hilux features a new steel bumper which is set lower to the ground, allowing for a deeper step area to improve deck accessibility when the tailgate is closed. The rear view camera is now integrated into the handle assembly for cleaner looks and better visibility.
The cargo deck of the new Hilux has been made larger, stronger and more practical. Maximum cargo deck width has increased from 1,544 mm to a class-leading 1,645 mm. The tailgate now benefits from stronger, link-type hinges, and heavy-duty steel plate brackets have been adopted for the struts supporting it in the open position.
The deck itself has been made stronger to reduce deformation and damage when loading or unloading cargo. The floor ribs have been redesigned and sill cross-members added to the floor panel. The header panel has been reinforced, and the shape of both the wheel-house rib reinforcement and the service hole cover on the tailgate optimised.
The all-new Hilux is available in a choice of five popular base colours, and three new eye-catching colours: Orange Spice, Volcano Red and Hydro Blue.
Interior Design – Durable and Sophisticated, with Innovative Technology
Accessed via a Smart Entry and Start system with a stylish electric key, the all-new Hilux interior combines the durability and functionality required of any working vehicle with SUV levels of refinement, sophistication and equipment.
The horizontal emphasis of the clean, uncluttered dashboard design combines premium quality elegance with the strength of a work environment. The dashboard incorporates new, cross fin-type air vents with rotary dial adjustment.
The centre console is dominated by the integration of a robust, tablet-like 7” touch-screen multimedia system. Operated simply and intuitively by premium quality capacitive switchgear and fingertip flick control, the unit has been moved closer to the front seats for ease of use.
A new driver’s instrument binnacle locates large, clear, analogue speedometer and tachometer dials either side of a full-colour 4.2” TFT multi-information display. Its content changed quickly and easily via a steering wheel-mounted switch, the display places the most pertinent driving information at the highest position on the screen to minimise the shift in line-of-sight whilst driving.
Featuring a bold, horizontal spoke design to harmonise with the dashboard styling, a new steering wheel incorporates reach and rake adjustability, thumb rests, and a thicker, stitched rim to guarantee a comfortable grip for all drivers.
Integral switchgear -including a four-way rocker switch- allows for quick, easy control of the 6-speaker audio and multi-information display systems, as well as linked operation of the 7” centre console and multi-information displays.
In keeping with the more leisure-oriented interior design of the new Hilux, the gear lever has been shortened to give a slicker, more passenger car-like shift action. In addition, drive mode selection, including all-wheel drive, is now simply made via adjacent, easy-to-use switches.
The premium quality appearance and tactility of the new Hilux interior is reinforced by visually unifying, metallic coated ornamentation to the dashboard, door trim, driver’s instrument binnacle, steering wheel and gear lever bezel. Further visual harmony is created by the adoption of consistent blue illumination and instrument backlighting throughout.
The black seat upholstery of the new Hilux interior is available in a choice of three finishes. Entry grade models feature a tough, hard-wearing fabric for business users, a high quality, soft-textured yet durable fabric enhances the Mid grade interior for dual usage owners, and High grade, leisure usage models are upholstered in full leather.
New 2.4 D-4D engine
The new Toyota Hilux is available with an all-new 2.4 D-4D Global Diesel (GD) engine. Equipped with a Stop/Start function, the unit combines vastly improved torque delivery in the low and medium speed ranges with class-leading fuel economy.
The new, 16 valve, DOHC four-cylinder engine is equipped with a variable nozzle turbocharger with intercooler. The 2,393 cm3 unit generates 110 kW/150 DIN hp at 3,400 rpm, and maximum torque of 400 Nm between 1,600 and 2,000 rpm.
Two-wheel drive Hilux versions are mated to 6-speed manual transmissions, whilst all-wheel drive models offer a choice of 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearboxes. Both transmissions have been extensively revised to improve durability, enhance low-speed driving performance and offer drivers quieter, smoother gear changes whilst realising the full potential of the new engine.
All versions achieve a top speed of 170 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 12.8 (6A/T) or 13.2 (6M/T) seconds.
The new engine’s fuel efficiency has improved by 9% over the unit it replaces. The 2.4 D-4D returns an average fuel consumption and CO2 emissions as low as 7.1 l/100 km* and 187 g/km*.
Driving Dynamics & Off-road Ability
The all-new Hilux features a newly developed ladder-frame chassis offering a 20% increase in torsional rigidity. It is designed to combine improved handling, ride comfort, NV performance and collision safety with outstanding durability in even the most extreme driving environments.
The tough, durable leaf spring and twin shock absorber rear suspension system has been extensively revised to combine the off-road articulation capabilities expected of a rugged all-wheel drive workhorse with SUV-like ride comfort and handling stability.
Awarding it outstanding all-terrain capabilities, the all-new Hilux is equipped with a switchable all-wheel drive system featuring a high- and low-ratio transfer case, and both front and locking limited-slip rear differentials.
Acting in combination, the vastly improved low and medium speed torque delivery of Toyota’s newly developed 2.4 D-4D Global Diesel engine and the increased strength of the new, ladder-frame chassis have raised the towing capacity of the all-new Hilux to 3.2 tonnes.
Higher Levels of Active & Passive Safety
The new Hilux takes active safety and driver assistance to new levels with the availability of Toyota Safety Sense.
Processing information provided by a compact, windscreen head-mounted unit housing both a laser and a camera, Toyota Safety Sense offers customers a Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Automatic High Beam (AHB) and Road Sign Assist (RSA) systems.