Specs, Engine, Features — Toyota Hilux

Daniel Fowler
June 2, 2020

Fernando Alonso, while most famous for winning the Formula 1 title in 2005 and 2006, is well-versed in the art of manning trucks thanks to his time driving for Toyota in the Dakar Rally. He made his Dakar debut this year and raced his Hilux to a 13th overall finish. When I first saw the New Hilux, it looked spectacular. Moreover, the 2020 Toyota Fortuner is also getting mechanical changes including the 2.8-litre turbocharged iGD diesel engine upgraded to produce a maximum power output of 204 horsepower and a massive 500 Nm of peak torque.

The latest version of the "indestructible" Hilux is equipped with a new 2.8-litre powertrain and benefits from revised suspension geometry to maintain its reputation for world-class quality, durability and reliability.

Neeraj Lala, chief operating officer of Toyota New Zealand, confirmed the comments from Toyota Europe when Stuff reached out to him, saying that he expects to be selling the updated Hilux before the end of the year. "It was good to test the new Hilux in a challenging environment and to push it to the limits".

"The new 2.8-liter engine behaves really well and the new suspension feels great", he said after his drive.

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This is a leaked image of the refreshed Hilux and it might actually be quite close to the real thing. As a reminder, the four-cylinder oil-burner now generates 130 kW, plus 420 N.m in manual guise and 450 N.m in automatic form. It looks like the DRLs have been shifted to the middle of the light assembly, as opposed to the "eyebrow" style on current models.

The cabin is also expected to gain creature comforts such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, to bring the new HiLux into line with other models in the Toyota range.

The mid-life facelift for this generation Toyota HiLux - released in 2015 - was originally due in local showrooms in late July, then given an indefinite arrival date due to the factory shutdowns during the coronavirus crisis.

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