Updated: 25/04/2015: More details have been leaked regarding the transmission options available for the 2.7-litre petrol engine listed below. The engine will be available with the option of a five- or six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Power output for the entry level 2.7-litre engine will also be boosted to 166kW of power, an increase of 50kW.
Leaked information and exclusive spy pictures have emerged overnight revealing new engine details, evidence of autonomous emergency braking and coil springs in lieu of leaf springs for the 2016 Toyota HiLux, which is expected to be revealed later in the year.
The HiLux is currently powered by either a 2.7-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, a 4.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine or a 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine and the option of either a four- and five-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission.
If the leaked engine details are correct (leaked by a Thai car forum HeadlightMag), they reveal that the HiLux will now be powered by the following engine and gearbox combinations:
Exclusive spy photos revealed overnight also suggest that the new Toyota HiLux will debut Toyota’s first Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system in a commercial vehicle. The pictures show the HiLux braking for blow up pedestrians, a key feature given the amount of time a HiLux is likely to spend in and around city and urban environments.
Images by Chris Doane Automotive.
AEB systems work by monitoring the road in front of the vehicle with a camera or sensors that detect stationary or slow moving objects on the road ahead. The system can then automatically brake the vehicle to prevent an impact.
The new Ford Ranger will also debut with AEB technology (although the specification is yet to be confirmed for Australia) and other high-tech safety features, signalling a huge leap forward for the commercial vehicle sector.
Our exclusive spy pictures also show a distinct lack of leaf springs, indicating that the HiLux could go the way of the NP300 Nissan Navara, which will employ a five-link coil spring rear suspension in higher models, giving the ute a more car-like feel on the road.
If Toyota does go down this path, it is expected that lower models — especially those destined for mines — would retain a leaf spring rear suspension setup for extra load carrying capacity.
CarAdvice will keep you posted as more information comes to hand.
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