Toyota’s long-running, fast-selling, mid-size Hilux pickup truck should receive a new update as suggested by the recently leaked images. It isn’t a surprise that the best-selling pickup truck in Australia will get an update as the current version debuted in 2015 but there is confusion whether it would be the full redesign or another refresh. Toyota said already that the next-generation Tacoma and Tundra will share the same platform which will also be used around the globe on other models including the Toyota Hilux. So, it is most likely that the proven Toyota Hilux will come with another round of upgrades while the all-new version should appear in around 2023 after the arrival of the redesigned Tundra.
Based on what we conclude from the leaked images and recent reports, the 2021 Toyota Hilux will come with the revised front-end and rear styling inspired by the recently updated, US-made Tacoma. The new version should also receive an upgraded infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The reports also indicate the power and torque upgrade of the 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine. The popular Hilux should also come with the upgraded safety gear including driver-assist systems.
2021 Toyota Hilux: Design
Although the leaked images don’t likely show the final look of the refreshed 2021 Toyota Hilux, they suggest a styling update influenced by the recently updated Toyota Tacoma. The new model should come with the revised nose and new taillights while there should not be structural upgrades.
The front section of the new Hilux is expected with the bold, inverted grille similar to that on the newest Tacoma. The grille seems to be larger than the current version used in the upper grades and it should be combined with the revised headlights that appear to have redesigned lighting elements.
The upcoming Toyota Tacoma may also get a more sculpted front bumper and reshaped fog lights slots alongside a new more creased hood.
The profile will continue in the same form while the rear side will get new taillights. The model will also get new, exterior trim inserts and wheel patterns.
Alongside tougher appearance, the next Hilux should also benefit from the upgraded tech and comfort features. The refreshed Hilux will come with an improved infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android. Toyota might also add a new larger touchscreen option as some reports suggest.
The upcoming Hilux should also receive several new interior design touches and material patterns. The new version will also come with active safety equipment in all versions including automatic emergency braking, active cruise control and lane departure warning.
2021 Toyota Hilux: Performance
The next 2021 Toyota Hilux won’t come with the deep structural upgrades the reports suggest and the same engine options should be available. However, the 2.8-liter turbodiesel should benefit from the upgraded output. The model could also get some suspension tweaks.
A 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine should again be available with manual and automatic transmission. When paired with the six-speed manual gearbox, the engine delivers 174hp (130kW) and 420 Nm of torque in the current. When the engine is hooked up to the 6-speed automatic the output is 174 hp and 450Nm of torque. The new version is not expected to improve these numbers significantly.
The Toyota Hilux will offer both rear- and four-wheel drive options. It’s not clear what effect of the power and torque upgrade and revised suspension would be on the model’s towing capability which now stands at 3, 500 kg.
The reports suggest also that a new, high-performance GR version might join the lineup with the more powerful V-6 turbodiesel engine and chassis, suspension and braking tweaks. The new turbodiesel engine should be borrowed from the new Land Cruiser and its output should be at least 268 hp like in the current version of this iconic SUV powered by the 4.5-liter V-8 diesel.
2021 Toyota Hilux: Release, Price
The refreshed 2021 Toyota Hilux was expected to come this summer but faced with the pandemic the production should be delayed with the launch date later in the year. The price is also yet to be releveled but considering expected upgrades, buyers should be ready to pay slightly more for their chosen version.