New 2020 Toyota Hilux gets host of upgrades, more performance

8 June 2020 - autocar

New 2020 Toyota Hilux gets host of upgrades, more performance

New 2.8-litre engine brings more power, alongside revised looks, improved tech and chassis tweaks for the pick-up

Toyota has given its venerable Hilux pick-up a makeover, overhauling its design, revising the chassis and adding a new, more powerful engine.

The refreshed Ford Ranger rival, which will go on sale in the UK in November, has a new front-end look with a three-dimensional grille and bumper treatment said to increase its "road presence". Higher trim levels also receive LED light clusters front and rear, while a new bronze metallic colour is offered.

Inside the changes include an updated infotainment system, with an 8in screen and updated software claimed to be faster and more responsive, alongside new physical shortcut buttons. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features, too. New available kit includes an 800W, nine-speaker JBL sound system.

Toyota has also brought in a 2.8-litre diesel engine offered in other markets to complement the 2.4-litre unit already offered. It puts out 201bhp and 369lb ft of torque, taking the Hilux from 0-62mph in 10.0sec - a full 3.2sec faster than the 2.4. WLTP economy figures have yet to be released, but the firm claims 36.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 204g/km as NEDC correlated figures.

The Hilux's suspension and steering have been tweaked, primarily to improve on-road comfort. Retuned shock absorbers and redesigned leaf springs are said to bring a smoother ride.

However, there are also tweaks to boost its off-road prowess, including a lower engine idle speed, revised stability control and a new tyre angle monitor. Throttle pedal response has been improved, too.

Finally, a range-topping Invincible X model has been added with a variety of styling upgrades, inside and out, over the standard model. Pricing will be announced nearer its on-sale date.

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