The first image of the facelifted 2012 Toyota HiLux has leaked onto the internet ahead of the vehicle’s global debut at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne on July 1.
Toyota Australia’s Mike Breen confirmed the new Toyota HiLux will go on sale around two or three months after its local unveiling, pointing at an Australian launch in either September or October.
Mr Breen confirmed the vehicle in the image above (the HiLux Vigo from Thailand) is “fairly representative” of the facelifted model that will be sold locally. The headlights are bolder and squarer, similar to the LandCruiser 200 Series, while the grille adopts a strong three-bar layout. The design of the lower bumper also appears chunkier, giving the HiLux a solid stance.
Mr Breen confirmed there would not be significant changes to the engines or transmissions offered in the upgraded HiLux range, with the current offerings to be carried over into the new model.
The HiLux range includes three different engines: a 116kW/240Nm 2.7-litre four-cylinder petrol, a 126kW/343Nm 3.0-litre four-cylinder diesel and the benchmark 175kW/376Nm 4.0-litre V6 petrol.
The Toyota HiLux is the most popular light commercial vehicle in Australia, and so far this year is the third most popular vehicle overall behind the Holden Commodore and the Mazda3.
The HiLux has a 24.6 percent share of the 4x2 pick-up/cab-chassis segment and 27.1 percent of the 4x4 pick-up/cab-chassis segment.