The 2016 Toyota HiLux (or HiLux Revo as it's known in Thailand) has been leaked in images from a car yard in Thailand ahead of the car's official global unveiling on Thursday May 21.
The images, which appear on the HiLux Revo Thailand fan page, show what appears to be an upper-specification Toyota HiLux in red with a beige leather interior.
Outside the cabin, it's clear to see that Toyota has gone to great lengths to stylise and enhance the Hilux's appearance. LED daytime running lights and chrome grille highlights are a sign of Toyota's intention to bring the HiLux upmarket, in line with the raft of new commercial vehicles hitting the market (such as the new Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara NP300 and Mitsubishi Triton).
The vehicles pictured sport 'HiLux 2.8' badges, indicating our previous information on HiLux engines is on the money. The new 2.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine is expected to replace the aged 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that has seen the HiLux through its current seventh generation.
Inside the cabin, the 2016 Toyota HiLux has ventured quite upmarket with a leather interior, coloured inlay stitching and an all-new steering wheel. The changes also included an LCD screen taken from models in the Lexus range.
The vehicles pictured come with an iPad-esque centre screen that displays infotainment and satellite navigation, while the LCD screen between the tachometer and speedometer shows the trip computer, audio settings, vehicle settings and satellite navigation data.
Rear seating appears to err on the side of comfort, catering for second row passengers with rear air vents, map pockets and a folding centre armrest.
The HiLux will forego the familiar 3.0-litre diesel unit and instead run with a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel, as well as a 2.7-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine, and a 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel. The details are expected to be as follows:
- 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 124kW of power. The engine is expected to come with a five- and six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox.
As we reported last week, Toyota Australia is projecting some potential supply issues with the new-generation HiLux.