UK Release of Next-Generation Toyota Hilux

The new Toyota Hilux debuted at the CV Show 2016 earlier this year.

The new Toyota Hilux debuted at the CV Show 2016 earlier this year.

Toyota will be delivering the first batch of its updated Hilux pick-up range to customers in the UK starting in July this year, and it will be priced from just over £19,000 to give it a good chance of outdoing competitors such as Mitsubishi’s popular L200.

In the nearly five decades since it was originally introduced, the Hilux range has managed to conquer every adverse environment around the world, endearing itself to an international audience of commercial buyers. And with plenty of improvements in store, the latest iteration is sure to carry on this tradition.

The base model comes with a single cab set-up that includes a manual transmission, airbags for the driver and passenger, air conditioning and even Bluetooth connectivity, according to Auto Express.

The mid-level dual-cab trim adds in things like a touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control, stylish alloy wheels and darkened glass at the rear. Meanwhile, the flagship model comes with larger alloys, climate control, keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery and sensors to make parking easier to achieve without bumps and scrapes to the bodywork.

Can Take on Rough Terrain and Steep Inclines Effectively

The durability of the Hilux has always been one of its biggest selling points. And Toyota claims that the chassis which underpins this latest version is actually 20 per cent tougher than the set-up used in earlier generations.

The off-road potential of this pick-up range has also been overhauled, not only to enable it to take on rough terrain and steep inclines effectively, but also so that it can pull heavier loads when it is required to take on towing duties.

Loads weighing up to 3.2 tonnes can be pulled by this model. And the load bed has been made larger so that it can still make room for equipment and materials on board without the need for a separate trailer.

The new 2.4 litre diesel engine is deemed to be up to nine per cent more efficient than its predecessors, giving users almost 42 miles to the gallon while going on to hit a top speed of 106 miles per hour. Its zero to 62mph rating of just over 13 seconds is also good for a car which is not exactly intended to be a high-performance model.

The standard selection of paint options is enhanced by more stylish colours, including bright orange, red and blue variants that all come with their own memorable name tags.

Safety Solutions 

Two separate assist features help the pick-up stay planted and safe when ascending or descending hills, with traction control putting power to the right wheels as and when appropriate to minimise slipping. There are even safety solutions, including automatic braking and lane-departure alerts, that will kick in if the driver gets distracted, which is good news for all road users as a whole.

It is not just the L200 from Mitsubishi that the new Hilux is seeking to dethrone, as Nissan’s well-received Navara also needs to be dealt with in the coming months so that Toyota can make its mark in the UK.

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