Official: New Hilux unveiled in Bangkok

2015-05-21 09:23

BANGKOK, Thailand - The eighth-generation Toyota Hilux was officially unveiled in Thailand today (May 21 2015), marking the start of sales of the all-new model there.

It will reach South Africa during the first quarter of 2016 and a full local range and specs will be made available closer to the launch.


The new Hilux exudes a tough yet refined appearance with contrasting front panel with its sturdy bumper section and the integrated look of the slender upper grille and for the first time, LED headlamps.


Toyota says this eightht generation will appeal to buyers as an alternative to an SUV or even a car.

IMAGE GALLERY: This is the REAL next Hilux

The Hilux has been criticised for possessing a rather demure interior and the new model features a stylish instrument panel featuring a unified design aesthetic and free use of metallic decoration.

The company says luxurious features, among them audio system with electrostatic multi-touch control panel, electronic 4WD (all-wheel drive) changeover switch and luxury seats.


All-new rigid frame with enlarged side sections and cross members that are larger and thicker have been created and a mix of off-road performance and comfort sees an upgraded leaf-spring suspension and shock absorbers.

The new 2.4 and 2.8-litre diesel engines create torque lower down the rev range and aid extended cruising distance. They are also quieter and mated to new six-speed automatic transmissions with more steps and optimised gear ratios to maximise engine performance.

Toyota says the Hilux is the first bakkie to feature "intelligent manual transmission" (or i-MT) which supports smooth shifting with rev-matching technology.


  • Jasper van der Westhuizen - 2015-05-21 09:41

    Errr...It looks like a Ford Ranger with an Amarok grill.

      Andrew Terr - 2015-05-21 10:57

      Steed 6

  • Leon Janse van Rensburg - 2015-05-21 10:35

    About bloody time Toyota. Looking good but Toyota has been sleeping they should have brought it out at least a year a go.

  • Sabs Mzuku - 2015-05-21 11:01

    Game on.. The torque figure is adequate, tranny now a 6er.. all good

  • Paul Gertzen - 2015-05-21 12:41

    Not a ford or Toyota fan but the ford is so much better than this ugly thing. The back may even be uglier than the BT50. Looks more like a bad facelift. Lemmings will still buy it though just like the 62%'ers

  • Carina Louw - 2015-05-21 13:23

    Who cares about Toyota. Had one and it is the worst car I ever owned. Give me a Nissan enyday.

  • Walter Fick - 2015-05-21 14:03

    It appears that the Hiux bashers waited more eagerly for the 2016 Hilux than the Hilux loyalists.......

      Rex Thedino - 2015-05-21 15:40

      I think every product have their strong points. Looks like the Hilux strong point is his followers hahaha

  • Walter Fick - 2015-05-21 14:03

    It appears that the Hiux bashers waited more eagerly for the 2016 Hilux than the Hilux loyalists.......

  • Kiaam Darries - 2015-05-23 18:28

    I'm not a Toyota fan, but the criticism is a bit harsh guys, especially if none of you has seen the real-life mcoy or driven it....?

  • Kelly O'Neill - 2015-05-24 18:40

    Nee wat nie vir my

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