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Toyota introduces all-new eighth-gen Hilux

by Ronan Glon

The Hilux ushers in a new four-cylinder turbodiesel engine.

Toyota has lifted the veil off of the all-new Hilux, a rugged Tacoma-sized pickup truck sold in a number of global markets.

As expected, the eighth-gen Hilux gets a much more modern-looking design characterized by elongated headlights, a sculpted hood and broad wheel arches. The front end is dominated by a three-slat grille and a set of LED daytime running lights, styling cues that give the truck a more premium appearance than its predecessor.

Buyers can order the Hilux as a double cab, an extra cab and a single cab.

Inside, Toyota's next pickup benefits from a more car-like dashboard with a multi-function steering wheel, a TFT screen integrated into the instrument cluster and faux-brushed aluminum trim. Base trim levels are evidently more Spartan, while well-spec'ed models come with a touch screen-based infotainment system and leather upholstery.

The Hilux inaugurates a brand new 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that makes 174 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and 331 lb-ft. of torque between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm. Power is sent to all four wheels via either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic unit.

Although Toyota has not detailed the Hilux's other engines, an earlier leak reveals the truck is also available with a more efficient 2.4-liter turbodiesel rated at 160 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of torque and at least one gasoline-burning unit.

Interestingly, Toyota offers the Hilux with three different suspension setups. Standard is designed for all types of roads, Heavy Duty is designed for for rough roads and for buyers who regularly tow or haul, while Comfort is designed for primarily for paved roads.

The new Toyota Hilux will go on sale in a number of global markets including Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa before the end of the year. However, at the time of writing Toyota is not planning on offering the truck in the United States.

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