Monday, May 4, 2015

2016 Toyota Hilux

According to reports coming from Thailand, Toyota will unveil the next generation 2016 Hilux pickup on May 21, 2015. The Hilux Revo model will be revealed on this date, while sales in Thailand and other important Asian countries will start later in the year.

What we know thus far on the new Hilux is that it will be based on a new, or heavily re-engineered version of Toyota’s IMV (Innovative International Multipurpose Vehicle) platform. The new generation pickup will continue with its predecessor’s petrol engine, but the diesel engine range will be updated.

Starting the diesel range is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder unit with 164 hp and 343 Nm (160 hp and 400 Nm in case of the AT) while a larger 2.8-liter with 174 hp and 420 Nm (450 Nm in case of the AT) will cater to customers seeking better performance. These engines replace the 2.5- and 3.0-liter diesel engines respectively.

For the first time on the Hilux, Toyota will offer dual driving modes – Eco and Power – by which the driver can choose better fuel efficiency over performance or vice-versa. Spyshots have shown that the interior is heavily redesigned with top-end models getting a ‘floating center console’ touchscreen infotainment system.

Post the unveiling of the new Hilux, Toyota will take the wraps of the next generation Fortuner which would be based on the same underpinnings as the Hilux. A Thai unveiling of the new Fortuner is expected to take place by July this year.

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