All New Hilux Revealed

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An all-new 2015 Toyota Hilux, Australia’s best-selling ute, was unveiled late May and is due in showrooms in October, marking 10 years since the last model was released in 2005.

The Hilux’s trademark toughness – made (even more) famous in a Top Gear episode where they do their best to destroy one – comes courtesy of a stronger frame and a heavy duty, locally tested suspension package which Toyota says provides improved off-road performance, vibration management and cornering stability.

The new 2015 Hilux boasts a 1-tonne increase in towing capacity on the old model, now up to 3.5 tonnes to match the Colorado, Ford/BT-50 twins, and the soon-to-arrive Navara DP300.  It is 400kg more than the 3100kg offered in the just-released Triton. Payloads for the new Hilux are up to an impressive 1240kg.

However Toyota aren’t just catering for tough blokes wanting tough trucks and comfort is a major drawcard in this market. Given the ride quality of the Amarok, Ranger, BT-50 and presumably the new Mercedes ute, Toyota says the all new Hilux features advanced comfort, safety, convenience and is easy to drive, combining “the best features of a workhorse ute and an SUV”.

The new 2015 Hilux comes with four engine variants, a 2.7-litre, four-cylinder petrol and 4.0-litre petrol V6, while four-cylinder common-rail turbo-diesels will offer increased torque over the current Hilux’s 3.0-litre diesel engine.

A 2.8-litre diesel offers up to 450Nm of torque, a 25 per cent increase on the current model, while its 2.4-litre sibling generates up to 400Nm. Toyota reckons fuels consumption is down 10% – but generally they base these figures off driving styles that use little of all the immense power on offer.

All that power is coupled with a new six-speed auto or ‘intelligent’ manual that matches engine revs with transmission speed.

There will be 31 variations (currently 23) with 4×2 and 4×4, three cabin styles and three classes.

Toyota says they expect all models to gain five-star ANCAP safety rating with stability and traction control, anti-skid brakes, reversing camera, seven airbags, hill-start assist and emergency stop signal all coming standard.

Expect to pay somewhere around $20k plus on roads for the base model 4×2 up to $60k plus on roads for the top spec 4×4.

 

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