📂︎ News | 🖳︎ Wayne Gorrett | 🖃︎ June 8, 2020 ____________________________________________________
➤ Prices and UK specs available prior to UK orders opening in November.
The Toyota Hilux pickup truck will receive a new 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine as part of a number of tweaks, improvements and updates for 2021.
The Toyota Hilux gets a raft of styling changes for 2021, including redesigned bumpers and grilles, LED head and tail-lights and the option of new 18-inch alloy wheels. Titan Bronze metallic, the paint colour shown in these images of the range-topping Invincible X, will be offered for the first time too. As with most pickups, a range of hard tops and lockable tonneau covers will be available.
Inside, there’s a new eight-inch multimedia touchscreen and a fresh design for the instrument cluster. Toyota says the touchscreen is quicker to respond than before, but it now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features available on some Hilux models include satnav, keyless entry, all-round parking sensors and a premium JBL stereo.
The top-end Invincible X gets exclusive styling details like skid plates and new grilles, plus exclusive tailgate model moniker. Black metallic and chrome trim elements are fitted, as is two-tone leather upholstery and illuminated door trims.
Against current downsizing trends, the Toyota Hilux gets a new 2.8-litre engine that will be sold alongside the current car’s 2.4-litre engine. The higher capacity engine offers 201hp and 500Nm of pulling power. Its 0-62mph time of 10 seconds (according to Toyota), will make it one of the fastest pickups on sale –and as fast as Ford’s range-topping Ford Ranger Raptor.
Apparently, the 2.8-litre Hilux will deliver up to 36.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 204g/km. However, those figures are calculated using the now defunct NEDC test criteria. Toyota is expected to publish new WLTP figures closer to the on-sale date in November, so expect a lower quoted fuel economy figure and higher carbon dioxide emissions.
The new 2.8-litre oil-burner may be paired with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission – and four-wheel drive will be standard across the 2021 Hilux range.
The Hilux has always been a supremely capable off-roader, and this time round, Toyota has lowered the engine idle speed and tweaked the accelerator response to make it even more off-road and towing friendly.
Additional tech includes a new tyre angle monitor and updates to the stability control system, while the power steering and suspension have also been re-engineered for a smoother on-road ride.