The first image of the yet to be released 2016 Toyota HiLux has been seen online via a leaked product brochure.

Published on the Ferd fan Facebook page, the front-end image (pictured above) shows a muscular design for the new HiLux. Featuring halogen or bi-xenon headlights and what appears to be LED daytime running lights.

Flared wheel arches front and rear, along with a chrome grille form a departure from the traditional HiLux shape.

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Previously leaked spy photos (pictured above), which showed a base model HiLux, suggest the chrome grille and halogen projector or bi-xenon headlights, along with LED daytime running lights, won't feature on entry-level vehicles.

The previous spy photos also indicate the extruded 'Toyota' stamp is no longer prominent on the rear end. This could be a simple omission from pre-production vehicles, considering it has been a model-specific staple for some time.

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The new Toyota HiLux is expected to launch with a longer and wider tray to match the dimensions on offer from the likes of the Volkswagen Amarok, Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50.

While details regarding engines for the new ute are yet to be made public, we expect the new model to launch with a new or heavily revised version of its best-selling 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. Also expected to receive an upgrade is the ageing five-speed automatic and manual transmission currently fitted to the HiLux.

Equally, revised petrol variants - currently comprising a 2.7-litre four-cylinder and a 4.0-litre six-cylinder - are yet to be confirmed.

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The Toyota HiLux was Australia's most popular ute in 2014, notching up 38,126 sales - enough to see it finish the year as the country's third best-selling car.

The 2016 Toyota HiLux is expected to be unveiled closer to the end of the year and is likely to arrive into local showrooms the following year.