Pricing and specifications for the 2016 Toyota HiLux have finally been revealed.

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The launch of the new, eighth-generation Toyota HiLux ute comes at a crucial time – there has been more activity in the light-commercial vehicle segment this year than in recent memory, with new models and updates all taking the shine off what has been the best-selling model in the segment for years.

Indeed, HiLux sales are in something of a slump, as existing stock of the previous-generation model sells out. In August, the Ford Ranger outsold the Toyota HiLux for the first time, while the Mitsubishi Triton also managed to top its Japanese rival.

Still, the HiLux remains the top-seller overall for 2015, and it is also Toyota’s second-most popular model in Australia.

2015 Toyota HiLux 4x4 SR double cab

Toyota Australia president, Dave Buttner, said at the launch of the new HiLux in Victoria this week that the company understands the importance of this model, which replaces the seventh-generation model that was on sale from 2005-2015.

“We’ve sold just on 2.1 million vehicles, and 18 per cent of that 2.1 million vehicles has been this product,” said Buttner.

“We never take success for granted. We cannot be arrogant and conceited in the marketplace."

And with 31 variants – eight more than before – including a dozen 4x2 models and 19 4x4 versions, there is no doubting that the brand is eager to stay in the number one spot in the ute segment.

2015 Toyota HiLux 4x2 Workmate single cab-chassis

Pricing and equipment

With this update, buyers will be happy to learn that things aren’t dramatically different to the model it replaces in terms of pricing – but standard equipment levels on all models have risen considerably in light of new and revamped competition.

Standard fitment to all new-generation Toyota HiLux models is air conditioning – can you believe it was still a $2051 option on Workmate models? – as well as a touchscreen media system and Bluetooth phone and audio streaming.

The entry models get a 6.1-inch screen, while upper spec models have a 7.0-inch unit with extended connectivity, and the flagship model gets satellite navigation and digital radio. It’s the first ute in the class to come with a touchscreen as standard across the range.

2015 Toyota HiLux 4x2 Workmate single cab-chassis

Every HiLux now gets seven airbags as standard, including dual front, front-side and curtain airbags, along with a driver’s knee airbag. All models in the pick-up/tub-back genre will have a reverse-view camera as standard, while it’s optional on cab-chassis models, too. Dual-cab HiLux models now get ISOFIX child restraints for the outboard rear seats with top-tether straps.

The entry point to the range is the Workmate, while the mid-range offering is the SR and the flagship model remains the SR5 (though buyers can specify a SR5+ for the diesel auto dual-cab).

What engines are offered depends on the specification.

2015 Toyota HiLux 4x2 Workmate double cab 

Drivetrains on offer

As we’ve previously reported, the new HiLux range will come with a choice of two petrol (a four-cylinder and a six-cylinder) and two diesel (both four-cylinder) engines.

The carryover 2.7-litre naturally aspirated four-pot petrol has been uprated to 122kW and 245Nm, and according to the brand it's been reworked for better consumption and refinement. That engine comes with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox.

Fuel use for that engine is claimed between 10.7 and 11.1 litres per 100km for the manual (depending on bodystyle), and 10.4-10.9L/100km for the auto.

For the very few buyers who wish for a larger petrol engine there is a revamped 4.0-litre six-cylinder producing 175kW of power and 376Nm of torque.

2015 Toyota HiLux 4x4 SR5 double cab

This engine will be offered with a six-speed auto only (fuel use: 11.5L/100km for the 4x2 and 12.0L/100km for the 4x4).

The entry-level diesel is a 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo unit producing 110kW of power and 343Nm of torque for the 4x2 models, and 110kW and 400Nm of torque for the 4x4 variants. It’s interesting to note that this new 2.4 has more power and equal torque to the old 3.0-litre diesel.

The all-new 2.8-litre turbo diesel produces 125kW of power and 343Nm in 4x2 models, while the Hi-Rider and 4x4 models have 130kW and 450Nm for the auto models and 420Nm for the manual models.

Body styles

As for the structure of the line-up, buyers can – as expected – choose from a range of cab-chassis or pick-up models.

In the 4x2 model line there are single-cab-chassis, extra-cab pick-up, and dual-cab pick-up bodystyles, while the 4x4 range includes single-cab-chassis, extra-cab-chassis and extra-cab pick-up, and dual-cab-chassis and dual-cab pick-up bodies.

There is no single-cab pick-up bodystyle, and the extra-cab now has a rearward-opening door for easier back seat access.

2015 Toyota HiLux 4x4 SR extra cab

Measurements and capacities

It is worth noting that the best towing capacity of any automatic model is 3200kg (for the 2.8 diesel), which is just better than that of the Triton and less than many of its rivals (such as the Holden Colorado, Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50, Ford Ranger) which claim 3500kg capacity. That capacity is available in HiLux manual models with the 2.8 diesel.

For those interested in a dual-cab, the pick-up model's tray size has increased to a more competitive capacity. The length is now 1569mm (up 19mm) and it is much wider than before, now 1645mm (up 79mm) - but the width between the arches is 1109mm, too small for a standard Aussie pallet (1165mm x 1165mm). Toyota claims the cab-chassis is more likely to appeal to those who need to move pallets regularly.

The depth of the cargo hold is 481mm (up 20mm) and the load-in height to the tray is now lower by 4mm (now 861mm).

Here’s a full breakdown of the payload and towing capacity of every model in the new-generation HiLux range:

4x2:

Single-cab-chassis:

Workmate 2.7 petrol manual – towing: 2500kg; payload: 1225kg

Workmate 2.7 petrol auto – towing 2500kg; payload: 1210kg

Workmate, 2.4 diesel manual – towing 2500kg; payload: 1240kg

SR 2.8 diesel manual – towing 2500kg; payload: 1235kg

Extra-cab pick-up:

SR 2.8 diesel manual – towing 2500kg; payload: 1040kg

Dual-cab pick-up:

Workmate 2.7 petrol manual – towing 2500kg; payload: 1035kg

Workmate 2.7 petrol auto – towing: 2500kg; payload: 1025kg

Workmate 2.4 diesel manual – towing: 2500kg; payload: 1020kg

SR 4.0 petrol auto – towing: 2500kg; payload: 1015kg

Hi-Rider SR 2.8 diesel man – towing: 2800kg; payload: 1000kg

Hi-Rider SR 2.8 diesel auto – towing: 2800kg; payload: 1000kg

Hi-Rider SR5 2.8 diesel manual – towing: 2800kg; payload: 1000kg

4x4:

Single-cab-chassis:

Workmate 2.4 diesel manual – towing: 3200kg; payload: 1225kg

Workmate 2.4 diesel auto – towing: 3000kg; payload: 1225kg

SR 2.8 diesel manual – towing: 3500kg; payload: 1205kg

SR 2.8 diesel auto – towing: 3200kg; payload: 1205kg

Extra-cab-chassis:

Workmate 2.4 diesel manual – towing: 3200kg; payload: 1120kg

Extra-cab pick-up:

SR 2.8 diesel manual – towing: 3500kg; payload: 1005kg

SR5 2.8 diesel manual – towing: 3500kg; payload: 1010kg

Dual-cab-chassis:

SR 2.8 diesel manual – towing: 3500kg; payload: 1045kg

SR 2.8 diesel auto – towing: 3200kg; payload: 1045kg

Dual-cab pick-up:

Workmate 2.4 diesel manual – towing: 3200kg; payload: 955kg

Workmate 2.4 diesel auto – towing: 3000kg; payload: 955kg

SR 4.0 petrol auto – towing: 3000kg; payload: 1000kg

SR 2.8 diesel manual – towing: 3500kg; payload: 920kg

SR 2.8 diesel auto – towing: 3200kg; payload: 920kg

SR5 4.0 petrol auto – towing: 3000kg; payload: 1000kg

SR5 2.8 diesel manual – towing: 3500kg; payload: 925kg

SR5 2.8 diesel auto – towing: 3200kg; payload: 925kg

SR5+ 2.8 diesel man – towing: 3500kg; payload: 925kg

SR5+ 2.8 diesel auto – towing: 3200kg; payload: 925kg

2015 Toyota HiLux 4x4 SR extra cab

 

2016 Toyota HiLux specifications by model:

2015 Toyota HiLux 4x2 Workmate single cab-chassis

Workmate:

16-inch steel wheels (4x2)

17-inch steel wheels with all-terrain tyres (4x4)

Hard-wearing fabric seat trim (previously vinyl)

Vinyl floor covering

6.1-inch touchscreen display

Bluetooth phone and audio streaming

Voice control audio

Two-speaker stereo

Electric windows

Air-conditioning

12-volt socket

USB input

 

2015 Toyota HiLux 4x4 SR extra cab

SR (adds over Workmate):

Black side steps (Hi-Rider and 4x4)

Chrome door handles

B-pillar blacked out paint

Carpet flooring

Premium fabric seat trim

7.0-inch touchscreen with Toyota Link

Four-speaker stereo (extra-cab)

Six-speaker stereo (dual-cab)

Driver’s seat height adjustment

Air-conditioned cooler box with space for 2x600mL bottles

60:40 split-fold rear seat base (dual-cab)

Rear differential lock (4x4 only)

 

2015 Toyota HiLux 4x4 SR5 double cab

SR5 (adds over SR):

18-inch alloy wheels

Satellite navigation

Digital radio

4.2-inch colour driver information display

Keyless entry and push-button start

Climate control air conditioning

“Premium” trimmed steering wheel and gearknob

LED headlamps

Fog-lights

Silver interior trim highlights

Stainless steel sports bar

Chrome grille

Chrome rear step

Tinted glass

Alarm

Additional 12-volt socket

220-volt charge point (dual-cab only)

 

2015 Toyota HiLux 4x4 SR5 double cab

SR5+ (over SR5):

Leather-accented trim

Power driver’s seat adjustment

 

2016 Toyota HiLux pricing (plus on-road costs):

4x2:

Single-cab-chassis:

Workmate 2.7 petrol manual - $20,990

Workmate 2.7 petrol auto - $22,990

Workmate 2.4 diesel manual - $24,990

SR 2.4 diesel manual - $28,490

Extra-cab pick-up:

SR 2.8 diesel manual - $35,490

Dual-cab pick-up:

Workmate 2.7 petrol manual - $30,690

Workmate 2.7 petrol auto - $32,690

Workmate 2.4 diesel manual - $33,690

SR 4.0 petrol auto - $41,990

SR Hi Rider 2.8 diesel manual - $39,990

SR Hi Rider 2.8diesel auto - $41,990

SR5 Hi Rider 2.8 diesel manual - $47,990

4x4:

Single-cab-chassis:

Workmate 2.4 diesel manual - $36,990

Workmate 2.4 diesel auto - $38,990

SR 2.8 diesel manual - $39,490

SR 2.8 diesel auto – $41,490

Extra-cab-chassis:

Workmate 2.4 diesel manual – $40,490

Extra-cab pick-up:

SR 2.8 diesel manual – $44,490

SR5 2.8 diesel manual – $51,990

Dual-cab-chassis:

SR 2.8 diesel manual – $44,990

SR 2.8 diesel auto – $46,990

Dual-cab pick-up:

Workmate 2.4 diesel manual – $43,990

Workmate 2.4 diesel auto – $45,990

SR 4.0 petrol auto – $48,490

SR 2.8 diesel manual – $46,490

SR 2.8 diesel auto – $48,490

SR5 4.0 petrol auto – $55,990

SR5 2.8 diesel manual – $53,990

SR5 2.8 diesel auto – $55,990

SR5+ 2.8 diesel manual – $55,990

SR5+ 2.8 diesel auto – $57,990