Updated 2020 Toyota Hilux unveiled – gets big power boost

Toyota has unveiled its bolder and tougher-looking 2020 Hilux with a significant hike in power, retuned suspension, upgraded towing capacity and multimedia.

Set to arrive in Australian showrooms from late August, the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine found in the best-selling model has been beefed up to deliver 150kW (up from 130kW) and 500Nm (up from 450Nm) on 6-speed automatic models, thanks to multiple new components and enhanced cooling.

Besides the power boost, automatic variants also have their towing capacity upgraded to match the six-speed manual variant’s 3,500kg (up by 500kg).

Fuel consumption is claimed to have improved by up to 11.1 percent, while a returned accelerator response provides great driver control.

The upgraded HiLux range retains a 2.4-litre turbo-diesel and a 2.7-litre four-cylinder petrol engine along with three transmissions, 4×2 and 4×4 drive, three body styles (single, extra and double cabs), two configurations (pick-up or cab-chassis) and five equipment levels (in ascending order: Workmate, SR, SR5, Rogue and Rugged X).

Toyota has also upgraded the Hilux’s suspension, including revised shock-absorber tuning, new bushings and improved leaf-spring design to provide a more comfortable ride, particularly over rough roads and with low loads.

In 4×4 models with downhill-assist control, an additional traction control feature when using 2WD mode reroutes torque to assist grip in muddy or grassy conditions on worksites.

On the styling front, the revised exterior styling delivers a tougher road presence for the Hilux in keeping with the global Toyota ute/truck family.

A stronger on-road presence is achieved by a large trapezoidal grille that dominates the front design and incorporates more pronounced horizontal elements that deliver a wider, more planted look.

Grille surrounds differ by grade while newly designed headlights are smaller for a “meaner” look and light clusters include LEDs on high grades.

Inside, all models have been upgraded to an 8-inch display screen with enhanced voice recognition and the latest smartphone integration functions, including the adoption of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. SR and higher grades are also equipped with satellite navigation and digital (DAB) radio.

A 4.2-inch multi-information display in the instrument binnacle incorporates a digital speed readout, among other new functions.

Personalisation remains a hallmark of HiLux with a wide range of accessories enabling customers to tailor their vehicles to their own work or leisure requirements.

Since its launch in 1968, the legendary quality, durability and reliability of HiLux have made it the world’s favourite pick-up. More than 18 million have been sold globally, including more than one million in Australia.

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