NEXT HILUX IN TESTING: Toyota is testing its new Hilux and spy photographers captured the new bakkie undergoing brake tests. Image: Automedia
BERLIN, Germany - Toyota is preparing what will become its eight-generation Hilux. Spy photographers captured images of the new Hilux undergoing autonomous brake tests.
The bakkie has been steadily evolving since 1968 and we expect it to continue with subtle changes in the eighth-generation. It’s been almost 10 years since the seventh-generation Hilux made its debut and thousands of fans are eagerly awaiting the new bakkie.
The 2016 Toyota Hilux will feature a more muscular, angular design. It’s been widely speculated that the redesigned Hilux will bear striking resemblance to the new Tacoma bakkie.
LONGER, WIDER HILUX
The 2016 Hilux will be longer and wider than its predecessor. The model spotted in spy images reveals longer wheelbase and a longer rear overhang compared to the outgoing version. The front sports a narrower grille and elongated headlights, positioned high above the new front bumper.
IMAGE GALLERY: Next-gen Toyota Hilux
According to Automedia, the cabin appears larger and the bakkie's new bulky shape is expected to provide more interior space. Despite being heavily camouflaged, the rear end reveals smaller taillights. Toyota hopes the design of its new Hilux will appeal more to the American market, spurring speculation about the bakkie's debut in the US.
Current Hilux models are powered by several petrol and diesel engines. Petrol options include a four-cylinder 2.7-litre and a 4.0-litre V6 unit that might not make it in the new Hilux due to emission regulations.
The most popular engine is a 3.0-litre turbo diesel, expected to carry over with a number of upgrades that should boost its fuel economy. A smaller 2.5-litre turbo diesel is speculated to join the engine line-up.
Even a hybrid version is being considered, possibly based on the A-BAT hybrid pickup concept presented by Toyota some time ago.
The key rivals of the new Hilux will be the Volkswagen Amarok, Ford Ranger and Nissan Navara.
It could be a long time before the new Hilux arrives in South Africa - provisionally, it is expected only in 2016.
REDESIGNED HILUX: It's been nearly 10 years since the seventh-generation Hilux made its debut. The next-generation (pictured here) will sport several design and technical enhancements. Image: Automedia