CarAdvice has been able to secure a 2012 Toyota Hilux to give you a preview of the soon-to-be-released model.
This is the base dual-cab 4×4 model with the continuing 3.0-litre diesel automatic, and inside it’s much of the same. You now get steering wheel audio controls included in the redesigned steering wheel, as well as a new stereo head unit which includes USB input at the base.
Voice recognition will be a boon for those who need to make phone calls on the run, too.
The air conditioning controls are now knobs instead of fiddly dials, no doubt making it easier for workers with gloves on.
While the interior quality hasn’t improved with plenty of hard plastic still abounding, upgrades to the seats and door trims have made it a nicer place to sit. The padding seems to be thicker and more bolstering is on offer.
The rear seats are still snug, though, with Volkswagen’s Amarok easily staying best-in-class for rear seat comfort.
Under the bonnet, the 3.0-litre diesel remains in service, and underneath the Hilux appears to be almost the same as the previous model. Certainly the sheet metal for the sides is exactly the same as previous, while the front bonnet is the only panel changed.
Front and rear light assemblies as well as the bumper and grille have been changed for a more pleasing look.
The qualities that make the Hilux the best selling dual-cab 4×4 ute – its rugged and solid build, its dependable drivetrain and its tough undercarriage – all seem to be still there. But with competition hotting up and most of the car being a carry-over, has Toyota done enough to keep buyers interested?
We’ll bring you a full drive report as soon as possible.