After months of intense speculation, leaked spy shots, and the entire hullabaloo, Toyota has officially revealed the all-new 2015 Hilux in at least two markets: Thailand and Australia (note: in these photos, the silver Hilux is the Thailand model while the blue is the Australian SR5 model). The eighth-generation model will be sold to over 180 markets, including the Philippines. Building on the nameplate’s loyal fan case and legendary reputation, the all-new 2015 Hilux has set the goal of “redefining tough”.
With this all-new Hilux, Toyota realized that toughness doesn’t end with the vehicle itself. Sure, the Hilux had to remain characteristically durable and rugged. However, they’ve come to realize that toughness also lies with the people inside; hence, it’s much more occupant-focused and easier to drive than ever before.
Toyota engineers got direct feedback from Hilux customers who drive their vehicles on varied terrains and conditions. In addition, development mules of the all-new model were made to drive through conditions ranging from rough, muddy forests to deserts with temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius to flooded roads in the rainy season.
In the end, they developed a model which boasts of improved riding comfort that makes long drives less grueling, a quieter cabin, and enhanced cruising range thanks to improved fuel efficiency.
This “new era” of the Hilux promotes easy-to-drive, stress-free toughness. At the same time, it’s every bit a Hilux and can be relied on to provide the legendary ruggedness, performance, responsiveness, and safety expected of it.
Chief changes done to this all-new model include a chassis with enlarged side rail cross-sections for improved comfort, ruggedness, and safety. It also has an upgraded rear leaf spring suspension and shock absorbers for enhanced off-road performance and comfort. And as a global model, it’s available with three suspension specifications: Standard (for all road conditions), Heavy Duty (for heavy loads), and Comfort (for driving mainly on paved roads).
Mated to the strengthened chassis is Toyota’s new 1GD turbo diesel engine. The maximum output is pegged at 177 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and 450 Nm at 1,600 to 2,400 rpm—both improving on the current model’s outputs. More than just raw power, the new 1GD engine provides excellent torque at all rev ranges, reduced engine noise, and better fuel efficiency. It’s mated to a new 6-speed manual transmission with optimized gear ratios. All in all, Toyota says it’s 10 percent more fuel efficient than the outgoing 3.0-liter D-4D motor. A six-speed automatic is also available.
Lower-end variants also benefit from another all-new engine, the 2GD turbo diesel engine. With a displacement of 2.4-liters, it generates 147 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and 400 Nm from 1,600 to 2,000 rpm. This engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.
All models get a larger, 80-liter fuel tank.
Outside, the all-new Hilux takes on the new Toyota family look. It’s closer now to say, the Corolla Altis with its integrated grille and LED headlamps. Of course, this is contrasted by the sturdier looking bumper section. At the side, the squared-off wheel arches communicate strength and dynamism. It’s 70-mm longer and 20-mm wider with a slightly lower roofline.
Inside, the Hilux’s occupant-centric engineering is shown thanks to a more uniformed design filled with metallic decoration for a premium and refined appearance. Improved packaging also means that there’s more head and front shoulder room while rear occupants have 35-mm more knee room. The front thrones offer more adjustment options. Like other new-generation pickup trucks, the 2015 Hilux gains car-like features such as a keyless smart entry and exit system, automatic climate control, cruise control, and a multi-information display. The main focal point though is the new cutting-edge audio system with a touchscreen display and multi-touch gesture control.
The name Hilux comes from the combination of “High” and “Luxury” an apt description for the all-new, eighth-generation model. The all-new 2015 Hilux is expected to enter the Philippine market around the second to third quarter of this year.
- Length: 5,335 mm
- Width: 1,855 mm
- Height: 1,820 mm
- Wheelbase: 3,085 mm
- Engine: 2.8-liter 1GD turbo diesel engine with 177 horsepower @ 3,400 rpm, 450 Nm @ 1,600 to 2,400 rpm / 2.4-liter 2GD turbo diesel engine with 147 horsepower @ 3,400 rpm, 400 Nm @ 1,600 to 2,000 rpm
- Transmission: 6 MT / 6 AT
- Driveline: 4WD
- Tire Size: 265/65 R 18