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.
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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:

  • 1GD-FTV VN — 2.8-litre four-cylinder intercooled turbocharged diesel engine that produces 132kW of power and 450Nm of torque between 1600 - 2400rpm when mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. When mated to the six-speed manual transmission, the torque figure drops to 420Nm of torque between 1600 - 2600rpm.
  • 2GD-FTV VN — 2.4-litre four-cylinder intercooled turbocharged diesel engine that produces 125kW of power and 400Nm of torque between 1600rpm - 2400rpm when matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. The same engine when paired with a five-speed manual transmission drops torque output to 343Nm of torque between 1400 - 3400rpm.
  • 2TR-FE — 2.7-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 116kW of power and produces 240Nm of torque at 3800rpm. It's unclear which transmissions will be available with this engine. Given the power output hasn't changed, it's likely that it will retain the existing five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions.

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.

2016_Toyota_HiLux_Spy_Photo_1Images 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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