2016 Toyota HiLux Review

Toyota has finally unveiled the eighth version of its most
popular Hilux truck. The manufacturer has enhanced the
ruggedness and performance typical of the Hilux, and has also
paid more attention to the comfort of the passengers and
driver-friendly features.

Exterior

Exterior-wise, the latest version of the Toyota Hilux has been
entirely reworked, now looking way more upscale in comparison
to the previous generation. The exterior includes lots of
chrome accents, LED-encrusted head lamps, as well as more
cohesive overall design.

The well-known Toyota’s tradition of the high-riding,
utilitarian pickup has been retained. The long wheelbase and
short overhangs provide superb approach and departure angles.

The vehicle will be available in several trims, cab
configurations and bed lengths.

As before, the Hilux offers the chrome roll bar at the front of
the bed, for appearances only though. The big block Toyota
lettering across the tailgate is also optional.

The 2016 Toyota Hilux sits on an all-new frame that comes with
fully boxed rails and larger cross members. The suspension has
been updated by upgrading the shock absorbers up front and
improving the leaf spring setup out back.

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2016 Toyota HiLux Interior

The most notable updates have been made in the interior. The
new Toyota Hilux 2016 now has a sophisticated cabin with a
thin, horizontally shaped dashboard, slightly reminiscent of
the U.S.-spec Corolla.

Black color prevails, but brushed aluminum trim as well as
unique stitching on the cushions brighten up the cabin. The
steering wheel has received plenty of controls and the gauge
cluster is clutter-free and easy to read.

As for the infotainment part, the vehicle has a new
infotainment screen with haptic feedback controls. The
user-friendly HVAC controls have been placed below the main
screen and consist of two knobs for fan speed and temperature,
having simple buttons for the main functions. Below them sits a
“box” of switches, reserved for the options individual
customers order.

As per usual, the Hilux offers an electronic locking rear
differential for getting through the tough stuff.

Engine Specs and performance

The new 2016 Toyota Hilux is available with 4 engine options: 2
turbodiesel and 2 naturally aspirated gasoline mills.

First comes the 2.8-liter turbodiesel with an output of 174
horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque,with this engine
reaches a top speed of 115 mph, and acceleration of 0-60 mph in
9.5 sec.

For those wanting a smaller diesel, there is the 2.4-liter
turbodiesel putting out 160 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of
torque.

First of the gasoline engines is a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine
delivering 164 horsepower. The second is a 4.0-liter V-6
producing 278 horsepower.

Coupled with the engines is a pair of transmissions. The
standard transmission is a 6-speed manual transmission, also
including the world’s first, truck-based rev matching
technology Toyota has branded the transmission i-MT. A 6-speed
automatic transmission is also available.

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Price and release date

Although Toyota has not yet officially announced pricing, its
officials said that this as well as some other info will be
known closer to the official launch, in the first quarter of
2016. Estimated price for the basic version is about $
18,000.