UMW Toyota Motor has officially launched the much-anticipated 2016 Hilux pickup truck. Having been introduced in Thailand and Australia almost a year ago, the eight-generation model has been completely redesigned from the inside out. These changes include a new turbodiesel engine lineup.
The all-new Hilux range comprises six variants – one single cab variant in the form of 2.4 4×4 manual, and five double cab variants in the form of 2.4 4×2 manual, 2.4 Standard 4×4 manual, 2.4G 4×4 manual, 2.4G 4×4 automatic, and the range-topping 2.8G 4×4 automatic.
The new engines are plucked from Toyota’s new GD family, which replaces the outgoing KD family that came in 2.5- and 3.0-litre forms. The 2.4 variants enjoy 150 PS at 3,400 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 2,000 rpm, while the 2.8 variant packs 177 PS and 450 Nm from 1,600 to 2,400 rpm. The manual variants get a six-speed manual gearbox and the automatics are equipped with a six-speed unit with Super ECT and sequential shifter.
In terms of equipment, the 2.8G is the only variant to be equipped with auto LED projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, and 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-terrain tyres. The rest settle with halogen headlamps and 17-inch wheels (alloy for the 2.4G models, steel for the non-G models). Meanwhile, the single cab Hilux gets 16-inch steel wheels shod with standard commercial tyres.
Inside, the 2.4G (both auto and manual) and 2.8G variants feature a new 6.1-inch touchscreen with a reverse camera display, a Drive Mode switch with Normal, ECO and Power modes, as well as leather wrapped steering wheel that is tilt and telescopic adjustable. Eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat and leather upholstery are reserved for the 2.4G auto and 2.8G, while black fabric upholstery and manual adjustable seats are for the 2.4G manual, 2.4 Standard manual and 2.4 manual. The 2.8G has an Optitron meter panel and a 4.2-inch multi-info display.
The new Hilux rides on independent double wishbone suspension with coil spring and stabiliser at the front, and leaf spring suspension with rigid axle at the rear. Save for the 2.4 4X2, all variants are kitted with an electronic 4WD transfer dial and rear differential lock. The Active Traction Control (A-TRC) is a new feature that is exclusive for the 2.4G automatic and 2.8G.
On the safety front, all variants of the Hilux come standard with airbags (seven on the 2.8G, three on the rest) and ABS with EBD. Additionally, the 2.4G auto and 2.8G boast Vehicle Stability Control and Hill-start Assist Control.
Below are the prices of the all-new Toyota Hilux. The numbers quoted are on-the-road prices with GST and insurance.
- Hilux Single Cab 2.4 4×4 manual – RM89,900
- Hilux Double Cab 2.4 4×2 manual – RM91,900
- Hilux Double Cab 2.4 Standard 4×4 manual – RM99,900
- Hilux Double Cab 2.4G 4×4 manual – RM109,900
- Hilux Double Cab 2.4G 4×4 automatic – RM121,900
- Hilux Double Cab 2.8G 4×4 automatic – RM133,900
The double cab Hilux is available in Attitude Black, Grey Metallic, Medium Silver Metallic, Silver Metallic, Crimson Spark Metallic, Avant-garde Bronze Metallic, and Super White II. The single cab variant is offered only in Solid White.