With the introduction of the new model, Toyota’s Hilux 1 tonne payload and 3.5 tonne towing capability has now been expanded to all 4-wheel drive body types including single cab and double cab versions.
The range-topping ‘Invincible’ grade for 2021 now offers customers bespoke styling and premium levels of equipment, without sacrificing any of the toughness, robustness and legendary quality, durability and reliability (QDR) that have made Hilux the world’s toughest icon.
This new Hilux comes with a new and bigger, Euro 6d-compliant, 16 valve, 2755 cc diesel engine generates 204bhp at 3400 rpm and with automatic transmission, 500Nm of torque between 1600 and 2800 rpm. Maximum torque for manual transmission versions is 420Nm between 1400 and 3400 rpm.
The bigger engine jumps the power from 150bhp to 204bhp while the torque figures also increase from 400Nm to 500Nm. The towing rating jumps accordingly from 3.2 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes to bring into line with the competition.
Toyota claims that numerous features combine to maximise both power output and fuel efficiency – the shape of the cylinder block and the water jacket, the structure of the surface-coated cylinder head gasket, the exhaust manifold and gasket materials, and the cooling fan and fan coupling have all been optimised.
In combination with this and other measures, including a newly developed heavy-duty turbocharger, these changes enable the new Hilux to achieve both high output and enhanced fuel economy.
Finally, enhancing noise and vibration (NV) performance, the shape of the EGR section of the intake manifold and the catalytic converter insulator have both been optimised, improving the quietness of the engine.
The comfort and driveability of the new Hilux has been claimed to be enhanced through improvements to the suspension, and power steering systems. The suspension, which benefits from front and rear shock absorber tuning, claims to offer both enhanced ride comfort and superior steering response.
The tough, durable leaf spring and twin shock absorber rear suspension system has been revised to combine the off-road articulation capabilities expected of a rugged 4-wheel drive workhorse with claims of SUV-like ride comfort and handling stability.
The 4×4 Hilux’s already off-road credentials have been further enhanced by the addition of a new electronic function (that can be activated in 2WD mode) replicating the effect of a mechanical limited-slip differential for improved traction on low grip surfaces in 2-wheel drive mode (available on 4WD models only); the lowering of engine speed at idle from 850 to 680 rpm and a tuned accelerator response for greater driver control; an updated VSC system; dedicated Variable Flow Control (VFC) map for appropriate steering effort, and a new tyre angle monitor.
This new Hilux boasts class-leading minimum running ground clearance of 310 mm on double-cabs, all-important approach and departure angles of 29 and 26 degrees respectively, and the ability to wade to a depth of 700 mm not yet a match for the Ford Ranger.
Design and on-board technology
This new Hilux showcases a bold new look with a completely redesigned three-dimensional grille and front bumper treatment. This new exterior styling is further enhanced by the availability of newly-designed front and rear LED light clusters, a new machine finish and black 18″ alloy wheel design and the addition of two new exterior metallic colours – Orange Spice and Oxide Bronze.
Inside the cabin, durable materials and striking finishes along with a new 8” tablet-style touchscreen, standard from SR5 grade, offers a new level of refinement that’s designed to make life easier. The enhanced multimedia system features faster software and screen response, and incorporates both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone integration.
An extensive equipment list includes smart entry and push-button start, satellite navigation, automatic air-conditioning, and front and rear parking sensors.
The double cab Invincible grade features a more rugged and sophisticated styling which provides a clear differentiation from the DLX and SR5 grades that complete the Hilux range line-up. Invincible features include front and rear over fenders, door mirrors and handles, black tinting on machine-cut alloy wheels and bespoke tailgate.
On the inside, the Invincible comes with an exclusive driver’s combimeter, black metallic and black chrome trim accents, ‘clear blue’ front and rear door trim illumination, perforated leather seats, and even a grade-exclusive smart entry key.
For 211 Toyota is offering a low APR of 3.9% on hire purchase and the new Hilux will be available for test drive in January 2021.