Video: 2021 Toyota HiLux driven by Fernando Alonso

ByDean MellorJune 2, 2020
Video: 2021 Toyota HiLux driven by Fernando Alonso

Toyota Europe has released teaser footage of the 2021 Toyota HiLux driven by ex-Formula One – and now Toyota Gazoo Racing driver and Dakar competitor – Fernando Alonso.

2021 Hilux Brochure 3

Although the short teaser video of the disguised 2021 Toyota HiLux driven by Alonso doesn’t reveal much about the soon-to-be-revealed model, the camouflaged vehicle in the clip does confirm that the leaked images we showed on Unsealed 4X4 in April were on the money, with a more prominent grille, a refreshed rear-end with a reshaped tailgate, a new rear bumper and new LED taillights and turn signals.

2021 Hilux Brochure 4

As well as a facelift, it’s expected that the new HiLux, to be officially unveiled later this week, will have a revised 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with, hopefully, a comprehensive resolution to the DPF issues that have plagued the current 2.8D HiLux, which Toyota patch-remedied by installing a user-operated DPF regeneration switch on the dash, accompanied by an instructional decal affixed to the driver’s door trim.

Toyota HiLux DPF decal

A Toyota DPF decal affixed to the driver’s door.

Aside from the revised engine, reports that the new HiLux will also score revised suspension geometry, but other than that not much more will be known until the official launch.

There have been rumours that a performance version of the HiLux badged ‘GR’ will be powered by a V6 diesel engine but at this stage there’s no confirmation. Such a vehicle would obviously be the hero model in the HiLux range, much like the Raptor is in Ford’s Ranger line-up.

Check out the teaser video below…