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by Matt Campbell

Images of what is said to be the 2016 Toyota HiLux have leaked online.

A front-end shot and an image of the tailgate devoid of the familiar ‘TOYOTA’ embossing give a good idea of what buyers should expect when the all-new Toyota HiLux is revealed later this year, with the images posted on Autoblog Greece marrying up closely to spy pictures of the new HiLux we’ve shown you in the past.

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These new shots confirm there are some common elements, including the upright slatted grille, sharply styled headlights and bold new front bumper with large intake slots. The front-end looks considerably more modern and car-like than the current ute.

An interior shot was also snapped by the cameraman and shows Toyota will keep to the simple and hard-wearing interior we are accustom to seeing in the HiLux.

It’s not clear from the above pictures whether the vehicle shown is a single-, space- or dual-cab ute, but either way the new-generation Japanese ute is set to grow in all dimensions, measuring longer, wider and taller than the seventh-generation model currently on sale.

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The new ute is set to debut with a longer, wider tray to match or better those seen in the Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50, not to mention the Volkswagen Amarok.

Toyota has not confirmed any details about the new ute, though it is expected to debut a new turbo diesel engine and transmission to replace the ageing – and competitively underdone – 3.0-litre four-cylinder with five-speed manual or auto. It’s unclear what engine will be offered in the petrol versions, which are currently powered by a choice of 2.7-litre four-cylinder or 4.0-litre V6 engines.

CarAdvice asked Toyota whether the new-generation HiLux would make it on sale here this year, but it seems more likely the ute will arrive in 2016.

The HiLux remained the most popular ute on sale in Australia in 2014, with its 38,126 sales granting it third spot in terms of the overall market behind the Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3.

Stay tuned for more news on the 2016 Toyota HiLux as it comes to hand.




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