WHERE DOES IT FEEL AT HOME?
Toyota has left no stone unturned in comprehensively improving this new HiLux, both on and off the road. And it’s worked. The HiLux feels at home just about anywhere.
WHAT IT’S MADE FOR
There’s a daunting 31 different varieties of the new HiLux. There are two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models, dual cab, extra cab and single cab options, new gearboxes and new engines to choose from, including two all-new diesels and a petrol V6. Basically, there’s a model to suit your needs.
STAND OUT FEATURES
First impressions inside the HiLux are of a far more modern, stylish and car-like interior. This one we’re in now is the top-spec ‘SR5’ model, but even the entry-level ‘Workmate’ HiLuxs get a tablet-style touchscreen similar to this one. Toyota has also made more room in here by widening the cabin and lifting the roof.
The HiLux’s new diesel engines are a big improvement as far as refinement goes. They’re quieter and better to drive than the old ones. There’s more grunt too, though they’re not the most powerful units in the business. If you really want bragging rights you’d have to look at the Ford Ranger or Mazda BT-50. But the HiLux does measure up against its competitors with increased payload and towing capacities.
The HiLux’s all-new chassis means it rides and handles better than before - but the biggest improvement? That has to be its off-road ability. It has more ground clearance, redesigned suspension for more wheel travel, and much more extensive underbody protection. The new traction control system is also worth mentioning. It’s so effective that you almost don’t even need the locking rear diff.
WHO WILL IT SUIT?
The Toyota HiLux has long been the most popular 4x4 vehicle in Australia, and with the launch of this all-new model it’s going to be even tougher to knock it off the top spot. The HiLux is known for its strength and reliability, and will work as a multi-purpose family car or as a tradesman’s best friend.
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