Toyota Hilux 20214 minute read
Today marks the much anticipated global launch of the new Toyota Hilux 2021 and beyond range. While it’s too early to get behind the wheel, let’s take a look at what we know.
Power & Torque
The existing 2.8-litre turbo-diesel has been enhanced with additional hardware and improved cooling as the flagship powerplant. Over the current Hilux it has a 15.3% power increase, now 150kW (201hp), and in the automatics an 11.1% torque increase, now 500Nm.
Toyota also claims an 11.1% improvement in fuel economy and a livelier drive as a result of tuning the accelerator response. The new range retains a 2.4-litre turbo-diesel and 2.7-litre engine.
While here in Australia the Hilux has nosed ahead of the Ford Ranger in the latest sales figures, it’s without a doubt a fierce battle between the two. While there’s a huge list of reasons we all buy the 4x4s we buy, engine performance and looks, seem to top most lists attempting to separate these two vehicles.
Mindful of this Toyota state that wanted “a wider, more planted look”. They’ve re-designed the front grille and used smaller lights in an attempt to toughen the look.
While imagery of the Toyota’s Rogue or Rugged X models will give us a better indication of the potential for the new Hilux, it’s usually not until we see the creativity of the aftermarket that we can easily can compare new models with our favourite builds.
The Suspension & Towing
Toyota claims to have improved the ride over rough rides and with lighter loads. To achieve this, they have tuned the shock absorbers, added new bushings and a new leaf spring design. Automatic versions of the 4×4 now match the tow rating of the manual models at 3,500kg.
The New Toyota Hilux 2021 Range
This Hilux will is available in both 4×2 and 4×4 options, in single, extra and double cabs, and as Workmate, SR, SR5, Rogue and Rugged X equipment options. It’s an incredibly diverse platform for those that set vehicles as an all-rounder or a more dedicated overland vehicle; it’s no surprise that Toyota has now sold 18 million Hiluxes globally, and 1 million here in Australia.
The new Toyota Hilux 2021 range now comes standard with an 8-inch display screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
When Are They Available?
The new Toyota Hilux 2021 models are due to be available from late August.