New HiLux details emerge according to an Australian automotive website that claims to have access to a leaked Toyota dealer bulletin.
New HiLux details emerge in addition to those we already know about the 2021 HiLux, including confirmation that it will feature a more powerful version of the current 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine making a claimed 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque, as well as a retuned suspension package that will include new shock-absorber tuning, new bushings and improved leaf-spring design. According to the report on Car Advice the dealer bulletin purportedly outlines “in precise detail the geometry changes front and rear, designed to improve how the 2021 Toyota HiLux handles corners – and swerve-and-avoid manoeuvres”. The changes are also said to improve rear axle articulation to benefit off-road performance.
Other changes reported by Car Advice include new rubber bushings between the chassis and the cab for improved road-noise suppression and a revised power steering pump for better steering feel.
Changes to the model line-up are also detailed in the story, with the top-spec Rogue and Rugged X variants only to be offered with the auto transmission, while the SR5 will be available in manual and auto formats. Apparently the lower-grade SR variant will now be available with optional alloy wheels and a smooth tub, or buyers can stick with the steel wheels and tub with external tie-down hooks.
Despite the tweaks to the model line-up, the HiLux 4×4 will still be offered in single-, extra- and double-cab body styles in pick-up or cab-chassis configurations, and the model grades remain Workmate, SR, SR5, Rogue and Rugged X. New to the HiLux 4×4 range, however, are double-cab-chassis Workmate and SR5 derivatives.
As previously reported in Unsealed 4X4, the 2021 HiLux gets a facelift that includes larger trapezoidal grille up front with more pronounced horizontal elements that are claimed to deliver a wider, more planted look. It also has new headlights with a “meaner” look (according to Toyota), while high-grade models get LED cluster lights.
There have also been significant upgrades on the inside, with all models of the new HiLux now getting an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. There’s also a new 4.2-inch multi-information display in the instrument binnacle.
The new HiLux is expected to go on sale in Australia in August this year. Stayed tuned for more updates.