The new eighth-generation Toyota Hilux was just unveiled in Bangkok today, officially marking the on-sale date for Thai consumers. The new pickup was redesigned to offer more comfort for passengers, while increasing its toughness on the outside.
It all starts with the Hilux’s newly developed frame and suspension, where an enlarged side rail cross-section is said to improve comfort, ruggedness, and safety. Meanwhile, an upgraded leaf spring suspension and shock absorbers enhance off-road performance and comfort. For an even more fine-tuned ride, customers will be able to choose from three suspension options: standard, heavy-duty, and comfort. In addition to all that, Toyota also equipped the pickup with newly developed engines and a new six-speed automatic transmission. According to Toyota, the new drivetrains improve efficiency and reduce engine noise.
Although the Hilux is likely to be offered with a variety of other diesel and turbocharged engines, the pickup that debuted in Thailand was the Hilux Double-Cab, which comes equipped with a 2.8-liter turbodiesel I-4 engine that makes 175 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. As for its appearance, the Hilux has a similar design to our own Toyota Tacoma, but less boxy. The pickup features a more slender front grille compared to its predecessor, LED headlights, and a tougher front bumper. To make the Hilux look tougher, designers enlarged the wheel well flares, while inside, they made it a more pleasant place to be with nicer seats and added goodies.
The Hilux and the Tacoma used to be very closely related, but diverged when the Tacoma replaced the Hilux for the North American market in 1995. The new Tacoma was also completely redone, with a subtle new exterior look, nicer interior, and a more efficient 3.5-liter Atkinson cycle V-6 and six-speed automatic or manual transmission. The Tacoma was also fitted with a newly revised suspension and gained loads of new features and new trim levels.