Toyota Motor Philippines is finally laying down its cards on the table in the next-generation pickup truck wars as it unveiled the all-new, 8th generation Hilux. Aiming to raise the bar against its predecessors (and the competition), Toyota goes back to the very origin of the nameplate for inspiration. As a portmanteau of “High” and “Luxury”, Toyota believes the more daring, more powerful, and more competitive pickup has what it takes to once again regain the sales crown.
Taking a departure from its upright predecessor, the all-new Hilux evokes a new tough and emotional design, according to Toyota. The new thick bumper, contrasting with the thin grille and headlamps create a feeling of toughness and refinement. It’s a further evolution of the brand’s “under-priority and keen look” design that presents a more appealing shape. The wider and more stable stance pair with 17-inch alloy wheels at each corner (for the higher grade models) while a more harmonious integration of the cabin and bed exude an element of strength.
Inside, the all-new Hilux combines style and function with spacious seating for up to five adults. The front occupants will enjoy larger head- and shoulder room than before while those in the back have expanded knee room. A new rear center armrest as well as revised seating design enhances the comfort of the rear passengers. Furthermore, the top-of-the-line 4x4 G A/T variant carries a segment-first seven airbag system (other variants have between two or three airbags).
‘G’ models receive a new 6.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display that allows MP3, USB, Bluetooth, and Navigation functions. Furthermore, the new LED backlit (optitron) instrument cluster with illuminated needles now integrates a 4.2-inch colored TFT display. A three-spoke steering wheel with audio and MID control switches is available for higher variants.
Asserting better driving performance, the all-new Hilux comes equipped with Toyota’s next-generation GD turbo diesel engines. Depending on the variant, it comes in either 2.8 or 2.4-liter flavors. Both engines come equipped with VNT or Variable Nozzle Turbocharger. The 2.8-liter 1GD serves solely the 4x4 variants while the 2.4-liter 2GD serves the 4x2 variants. Moreover, a new 6-speed automatic transmission or 6-speed manual transmission come mated to the engine. The manual transmission comes with iMT or Intelligent Manual Transmission (for 4x4 G M/T only) that automatically matches engine speed to transmission speed.
Keeping the Hilux planted on the road, it comes with anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution. The 4x4 G A/T ups this by having Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Active Traction Control (A-TRC) as standard equipment.
The 2015 Toyota Hilux comes in six shades of colors, the availability of which depends on the variant: Silver Metallic, Gray Metallic, Crimson Spark Red Metallic, and Orange Metallic. It comes in six variants: 2.4 J M/T (P 929,000), 2.4 E M/T (P 1,033,000), 2.4 G M/T (P 1,208,000), 2.4 G A/T (P 1,283,000). 2.8 G M/T (P 1,555,000), 2.8 G A/T (P 1,685,000).