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Toyota’s facelifted Hilux bakkie debuts looking all fresh


The Toyota Hilux bakkie is one important model for the Japanese marque. Every month, Ford, Nissan, Volkswagen and Isuzu are always competing about who sells how many bakkie units.

With that said, manufacturers are always trying to find ways to keep their bakkies fresh in the tough segment.

Toyota has finally revealed its facelifted Hilux bakkie, however, the date of arrival on the local market is not yet known at this stage.

On the outside, the refreshed Hilux comes with newly designed Bi-Beam LED Headlights with Daytime Running Light as well as the LED Light Guiding Taillights.

Inside the new Hilux comes with a freshly designed touchscreen and gauge to provide greater convenience and cutting-edge look and feel to the car.

The updated instrument cluster now features a 4.2-inch multi-info display between the speedometer and rev counter (it apparently incorporates a digital speed readout) and higher-spec derivatives will feature an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with enhanced voice recognition functionality, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. We assume a reverse-view camera and satellite navigation will feature too.

Hilux buyers can look forward to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility on the revised touchscreen infotainment system.

The rather big news about this update is the 2.8-litre GD-6 turbodiesel’s power bump. Power has been pushed from 130 kW and 420 Nm of torque to 150 kW and 500 Nm.

The other engines in the lineup seem like they have been left unaltered.

In 4×4 derivatives equipped with downhill-assist control, an additional traction control feature reroutes torque to assist grip in 2H mode. Lastly, the braked-trailer towing capacity of automatic 4×4 derivatives has been upgraded to a maximum of 3 500 kg and, on 4×2 variants, all diesel-powered automatic Hiluxes are rated at 2 800 kg (an increase of up to 300 kg).

According to, Toyota South Africa does its own, localised tow rating calculations, so whether these increases in tow capabilities will be realised locally will only be seen closer to local launch.

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