An all-new Hilux is expected in 2015 or 2016, marking the 8th generation of Australia’s best-selling dual cab ute, a title it has held for around 30 years.
With the VW Amarok and Ford Ranger / Mazda BT 50 twins getting rage reviews and an all-new Navara coming in early 2015, Toyota knows it cannot stand still for a minute in this highly lucrative market – four dual cabs were in the top ten best-selling cars in Australia 2013.
Indeed the current model dates back to 2005, and although it has had plenty of updates during this time – the 2014 model seeing a five star ANCAP safety rating and improved fuel efficiency –and while it is still a quality truck, it lacks some more modern features such as full-time 4×4, on and off-road driving refinement and towing capacity.
While Hilux has a loyal following and exceptional resale value, it has traditionally been at the expensive end of town. Toyota knows it is using some old tech and there will likely be some good pricing in the lead-up to the new model, in which Australian engineers are heavily involved.
Toyota’s Technical Centre in Melbourne is helping develop the new Hilux with a focus on reducing body roll and improving off-road capability, according to an article on Motoring.com.au
Current Hilux payloads vary significantly depending on model with the top of the range SR5 dual-cap 4×4 coming in at 865kg while single cab variants in 4×4 around one tonne and the 4×2 more than that again.
The article on Moroting.com.au also states that there will be a revival of the Hilux-inspired Toyota 4Runner – which was popular in Australia from 1984 to 1996 – in the form of the Toyota Fortuna which has been on sale overseas since 2004. The 4Runner was built on the Hilux chassis of the time and the new Fortuna will do the same.
What is sure is that competition is stiff in this lucrative market, and manufacturers will continue to push the envelope in creating a better vehicle.
2014 Top of the range Hilux: SR5 4×4 Double-Cab Pick-up Automatic Turbo-Diesel
- 3.0L Turbo Diesel engine
- Reverse Camera
- 6.1″ LCD Display with all the bells including Voice Recognition, Sat Nav and Bluetooth®
- Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRC), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
- 17″ alloy wheels
RRP $59,405 drive away
Tools Trades Toys was offered under 50k drive away after some pressing and you could probably go less than that, but don’t expect the dealer to be pleasant about it.