Published on June 25th, 2020 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Toyota Hilux 2021 Challenges Ford Ranger Raptor
This is the next-generation Hilux and it is on its way!
Text by Joshua Chin
After multiples rumours, spy shots and teasers; one even with ex-Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso drifting it on the dunes; Toyota has finally unveiled the latest generation 2021 Toyota Hilux.
The pickup truck that is synonymous with this category has just received a major refresh for the 2021 model year to keep pace with its more powerful, more modern rivals in this competitive segment.
The biggest change made during the 2021 update is to the styling. Taking its design cues from its North American counterpart, the Toyota Tacoma, this new Hilux now sports a more aggressive front end with a larger grille, new bumpers and redesigned LED headlights. New LED “light guiding” taillights are also found at the rear of the 2021 Hilux.
The biggest news however for this update would be the engine. The 2.8 litre GD turbodiesel as found in the current Hilux has been reworked with new internals and a new turbo to bump the horsepower of the 2021 Hilux to 201 bhp and the torque to 500 Nm. Mated to the carryover six speed auto, this new power plant is able to propel the Hilux to 100 km/h in less than 10 seconds. And thanks to Ranger Raptor rivalling performance figures, the new 4×4 Hilux would now be able to tow 3.5 metric tons.
The 2.4 litre unit to be found in the next gen 4×2 models however remains unchanged from the current spec. Making do with only 150 horsepower, 400 Nm of torque and a towing capacity of 2.8 metric tons.
In terms of ride and handling, the 2021 refresh brings revised suspension geometry with redesigned leaf springs on the rear. A new power steering pump should improve steering feel while new rubber bushings between the cab and chassis aims to suppress noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) felt within the cabin. These improvements aim to increase the off-roading capability of the Hilux while improving the on-road handling and ride quality to an SUV-like level.
On the kit front, the next-generation Hilux is set to receive an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, new TFT gauges, and improved switchgear. Higher trim variants will also receive sportier cues including a unique interior lighting scheme.
Toyota Safety Sense will be available on the 2021 Hilux for the first time too. Bringing along crucial modern safety features such as Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Alert. On mid to high-tier variants, Vehicle Stability Assist is now standard.
This new Toyota Hilux is slated for launch in Thailand this month alongside its SUV twin, the Toyota Fortuner with no news yet for the Malaysian launch date. Rumour has it though that there is also GR Hilux in the works too, so watch this space.