Toyota Hilux is a compact vehicle produced by the Japanese manufacturer Toyota. First generation came out in early 1968 and it is now in its eight generation. The main representative of the current generation is the new 2016 Toyota Hilux and the beginning of the eight generation is marked by the release of the 2015 Toyota Hilux. The main characteristics of this model were new Toyota Hilux Revo engine, slim projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, Toyota’s first autonomous emergency breaking etc.
Flaw of this model is certainly not connected with the design because it is an exceptional vehicle, reliable and sturdy, capable of sustaining heavy use and by some characterized as an indestructible vehicle (at least engine wise). The flaw rather lies with the marketing department. It was only available for some certain markets and it should have been sold worldwide. Toyota has this updated 2016 Toyota Hilux as some type of reconsolidation, and it will go for a worldwide release. This will be the first Hilux model to be sold in the United States.
This is going to be a review of 2016 Toyota Hilux, its engine, interior, exterior, release date and price.
Exterior Design of 2016 Toyota Hilux
By some leaked images we could get a glimpse on what the final version of this 2016 Toyota Hilux exterior could look like. The first thing we could notice was more dynamic and sportier appearance, new grille, headlight which could either bi-xenon or LED alongside with built-in headlight washers, chromed door handles, LED daytime lights, etc. The most noticeable thing, but in the same time the most different from the previous version are very muscular wheel arches, which in the combination with the new grille make this vehicle a totally new product.
We just hope that they are going to make the exterior of 2016 Toyota Hilux more durable than the last versions, because there were some serious complains from the customers about the architecture not being too resilient and can brake under heavy towing pressure.
Inside of Hilux and Functionality
The new interior, judging by the leaked pictures, look like something new, but it is still not enough. Anyone can place a 10 inch screen on any car ant the fact that pictures are all blurry and grainy gave us something to think about. Anyway, if this is all true, that central screen would certainly be a main LCD command centre that will manage the entire infotainment system in the car, as we have already seen in many new cars. The thing that bothers me the most, as a reviewer, is the single zone manually controlled climate and the key starting. Maybe this is work in progress, or it is the final version of the outer chassis, and work in progress inside, I don’t know. During the time this review is being written, there are no official news about the interior itself, except of some rumors and news from around the Internet. Rumor has it that there are going to be much more room for legs for the rear passengers because of the new thinner seats design thus gaining some extra 35cm, more head room because of vertically adjustable seats etc.
When we put all these rumors aside, there is no doubt at all that this car is going to be something new inside and outside. It has some great competition in any field, and Toyota is a company that cannot be taken for granted. So we can most certainly expect some high tech equipment including ten or eight inch screen with multifunctional controls (navigation, climate control, audio system etc) and keyless start-stop engine control.
Engine and Horsepower
It is not officially announced, but we can expect a range of options for 2016 Toyota Hilux engine. Engines that can come into consideration are most likely to be carried over from the previous model, including the 2.7 liter inline 4 with 180 horsepower, and 188 lb-ft of torque. The engine that is going to be quite new in the lineup is a diesel engine based on new Cummins 5 liter V8, 2.8 liter with 160 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. These engines are going to be much more fuel efficient than the last versions. Those engines are going to be controlled by the six speed automatic and manual control transmissions available both in RWD and AWD. More info on Topspeed.
Spy Photos of 2016 Toyota Hilux
Release Date and Price
The basic version of this car is expected to be around 20,000 dollars and the release date hasn’t been announced. Stay with us and we are going to keep you updated on all matters including this one. Until the next review, stay good.