At last! Full story of Toyota's new Hilux

2015-05-21 10:59

BANGKOK, Thailand - Toyota really has teased the public with details and pictures of the highly-anticipated eighth-generation Hilux but it wasn't the real thing.

But today (May 21 2015) the real McCoy was officially unveiled in Bangkok, marking the start of sales of the all-new model in Thailand.

The Hilux first hit dealers in 1968, selling more than 16-million units in more than 180 countries. By 2015, a million units had been sold in total in South Africa alone.

But it hasn’t been plain-sailing for SA’s most loved bakkie; the Ford Ranger stole the headlines in November 2014 when it ended the Hilux’s 34-year reign as the commercial vehicle sales leader.

The Ranger completed the feat again in April 2015 and handed the gauntlet firmly to the Hilux. This rivalry will be renewed when the new Hilux reaches our shores in the first quarter of 2016.

Enough about battles and sales, let’s get to the juicy details of the new Hilux... it's been completely re-designed from the inside out and for the first time (at least for us) has a luxurious interior.


Toyota says the new Hilux is capable of battling up a muddy track or negotiating the rigours of the urban jungle. That’s why the new Hilux, while improving on the model's characteristic ruggedness and performance, is more occupant-focused and, the automaker says, easier to drive.

IMAGE GALLERY: The REAL Toyota Hilux for you

To give customers exactly what Toyota believed they needed from the Hilux, the company’s development teams travelled the globe from Venezuela to right here in Kommetjie, South Africa, getting direct feedback from customers and driving on a wide variety of different roads to get a feel for different conditions.

Driving conditions ranged from rough, muddy forests to deserts with temperatures exceeding 50°C, and flooded roads.


The bakkie has an all-new rigid frame with enlarged side sections and cross-members that are larger and thicker 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 range. 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 have "intelligent manual transmission" (or i-MT) which supports smooth shifting with rev-matching technology.


Hilux drivers gave direct feedback: some wished they could make long trips without worrying about running out of fuel. Others described how hard it was to stay alert and drive safely during gruelling long-distance journeys with extended stretches of rough driving.

Yet another, who uses a Hilux for forest maintenance and frequently speaks via radio with the police and fire department, explained how a quiet cabin is essential for communication.

The development team had their work cut out: the new Hilux should not only be tougher but should also reduce stress as much as possible. Ride comfort that makes long, tough drives less gruelling, a quiet cabin that allows communication in any conditions, and enhanced cruising range thanks to improved fuel efficiency.


In summary: Toyota says their quality, durability and reliability (Q,D,R) still forms the backbone of the new Hilux. The newcomer will attempt to suit any application whether it is leisure, workhorse or farming

Hiroki Nakajima, executive chief engineer behind the Hilux said: "Our entire development concept was centered on 'redefining toughness'. We aimed to make the new Hilux 'tougher' based on a much broader interpretation of that word.

"The message we want to deliver to our customers is embodied in our slogan for the vehicle: 'A New Era for Pick-up. Every Inch a Hilux.”

Calvyn Hamman, senior vice-president of sales and marketing for Toyota SA, said: "It's instantly recognisable as a Hilux, it feels like a Hilux, it drives like a Hilux- only better.

Successfully melding innovation, sophistication and extrovert design with fanatical reliability, the all-new Hilux will be the benchmark. The Legend is set to continue."

SOPHISTICATED FARMER: The interior of the due-in-SA-in-2016 Toyota Hilux is, the autmaker says, a step up from previous generations. We'll give you our verdict when it arrives at the beginning of 2016. Image: Quickpic


  • Brian Jones - 2015-05-21 11:41

    Come come Toyota don't be shy performance figures please !

      Pieter Jordaan - 2015-05-21 12:18

      2.8d 133kw 450nm torque 2.4d 110kw 400nm torque 4.0l V6 - 207KW

      Pieter Jordaan - 2015-05-21 12:45

      Apologies, seems like 130kw 450nm and also 3,5 tonne towing capacity. Seems Toyota added better braking capacity :)

      Jean Rossouw - 2015-05-21 18:40

      2.8 auto 450nm 2.8 manual 420nm

      Adrian Bruwer - 2015-05-22 07:44

      Pieter Jordaan, please share some links on where you got the info on the 4.0l V6 207 kW enjin. Sounds amazing! I'd like to see for myself.

      Hendrik Roos - 2015-05-23 05:05

      There is word of a 2,7.not any mention for a 4.0.

  • De Villiers Olivier - 2015-05-21 12:10

    Hilux en Chev Trailblazer deel selfde enjin.

      Pieter Jordaan - 2015-05-21 12:26

      according to?

      - 2015-05-21 12:34

      die Trailblazer het 'n Cummins engine en die Hilux 'n Toyota engine

      Riaan Apla Grobler - 2015-05-21 22:53

      De Villiers, I think you are correct. Toyota uses Diesel engines developed and produced by Isuzu. Chevy and Isuzu is both GM stable mates so its just matter of re-branding the engine and bobs your uncle.... P.s Schalk its a Duramax and not a Cummins in the Chevy and no its actually a Isuzu engine in the Toyota....

      Schalk Pretorius - 2015-05-22 09:08

      Toyota does use Isuzu for certain components, they own a small part of Isuzu. in this case though Toyota and BMW came together to create these engines as they have a partnership as well. Isuzu does not make the engines, some of them only share 1 or 2 components.

  • Pieter Jordaan - 2015-05-21 12:24

    I think it looks great. Engineers for Toyota has been getting it right for the past 40 years and the sales figures show. I do not see the new hilux being any different to the pedigree it came form it will still outperform. Unlike other automakers, if Toyota says so many KW and so this and that, it will have so many KW and this and that, not like our "circled named" friends that will never ever hit the KW advertised but continue doing so. Basically Toyota achieves what other automakers 3.2L achieve, well done boys! Count me in! It will still be more reliable and tough than any other competitor.

      Henning Pantke - 2015-05-21 12:29

      fanboy alert!

      Pieter Jordaan - 2015-05-21 12:33


      Pieter Jordaan - 2015-05-21 13:41

      kOOS, Your point being? It seems like a Arctic Truck conversion on a amarok.

      Walter Fick - 2015-05-21 13:54

      Yes Pieter, the outgoing Hilux is after ten years still a best seller...solid pedigree can't be beaten This model will probably fly off the showroom floor.....

      Jean Rossouw - 2015-05-21 18:41

      Pieter hou van toyboata

      Hendrik Roos - 2015-05-23 05:01

      And the best thing off all?there is already a waiting list!

      De Villiers Olivier - 2015-05-23 10:59

      En toe skrik ons wakker uit ons wonderlike droom!!! Gaan sit bietjie jou Hilux op 'n dyno. Het al van hulle met net 80kw gesien. Alle voertuie sin verskil. Kyk bietjie met 2 oë na die lewe. Eenoog oop maak dat mens net sien wat jy wil. Geen maak is net reg en net alleen wonderlik nie!! By my company ry baie manne Hilux D/C en hulle turbo's, ratkaste en enjins het ook al opgepak!!!

  • Paul Gertzen - 2015-05-21 12:49

    Not sure if the back is uglier than the BT50. Is this a new model or a facelift?

      Rex Thedino - 2015-05-21 14:20

      I cant agree more. What an ugly behind!

  • Johann Maree - 2015-05-21 12:58

    Man it's ugly! New Navara and facelift Ranger is much better.

  • Rex Thedino - 2015-05-21 14:08

    Have you ever heard of the term pregnant fairy? Everything seems to be out of proportion. Reer lights to big, cabin to small for the buldges over the wheels, and the front is bulgining out to far.

      Pieter Jordaan - 2015-05-21 14:17

      Basically what your saying is that a Billion dollar company with top designers and 10 years worth of development do not know what their market wants and got it completely wrong? Exactly what is being said now was said about the previous shape and yet it surpassed all expectations and still do. if design on Toyota Hilux is so fatally flawed why do they have this massive contingent of customers?

      Erik Kasper Van Wyk - 2015-05-21 14:57

      Pickups were never built to look good, they were built to be functional. If you want something that's in proportion buy a sports car.

  • Rex Thedino - 2015-05-21 14:26

    Pieter, Im sure its better looking than the chinese bakkies, but everybody want to make it the best and promqueen wich its definately not. I am realistic in saying that it does not score much in my book, and the ford, and even the dated NAVARA is still better looking.

      Pieter Jordaan - 2015-05-21 14:36

      Hope its not the Prom queen! As an all-round vehicle and used for its intended purpose, and I dont mean Sandton curbs, there isn't a better all round workhorse. Reliability and Durability it is in its own class. However simplistic it is made out to be and not having all the bells and whistles the others have, it does better than any other vehicle when used for its intended purpose and not as a pick-your-kid-up-from-school vehicle but rather a magnificent workhorse. If you ever want to compare it to a female accolade I would say it is the Ronda Rousey of bakkies.

  • Rex Thedino - 2015-05-21 15:06

    Pieter, what I have a problem with is your statements as if its a rime that you and so many toyota fans resite." it does better than any other vehicle". Why must the toyota always be better? every car or bakkie, has its good and bad pionts. I personally drove on the drakensber mountains in snow several times in a Ford ranger wich has done 200k, also drove on gravel roads at 170km/h several times in a Ranger. To make absolute statements like you do make me think toyota has got something to lose!

      Pieter Jordaan - 2015-05-21 15:19

      Do I want to drive with a Toyota into deep dark Africa or with an electronically controlled Ford/Amarok that no-one has any clue of fixing? I will take the one that can take a hammering thank you. My point being it does better than most other vehicles, with exception of a G-wagon of course! Will the plastic-assembled Ford (And I hope its not a 2.2l with a Raptor grill) be able to take the punishment a Hilux can in harsh conditions? Havent seen it, sorry.

      Jean Rossouw - 2015-05-21 18:45

      los vir piet.. hy compare die toyboata met die ou ranger. Nuwe een is oppad en dan is hy weer van voor af kwaad.

      Erik Kasper Van Wyk - 2015-05-22 08:46

      "Why must the Toyota always be better"...maybe purely because of the fact that it JUST is better. Not saying that other vehicles are not as competent but lets face it Toyota has set the benchmark since day one.

  • Pierre Loock - 2015-05-21 16:14

    i am sorry looking like that in the inside just look cheap it won't give the RANGER competition the old one was more that a thread sorry Toyota and then Ford it bringing a upgrade early 2016 you already behind you will fall behind even more

      Erik Kasper Van Wyk - 2015-05-22 08:48

      Terwyl Ford nou so voor loop moet hulle sommer daai ratkaste van hulle uitsorteer.

      De Villiers Olivier - 2015-05-23 15:07

      Jy het nou van 2 of 3 ratkaste gehoor nou is dit baie groot nuus. Toyota ratkaste kan nie breek nie. Hoekom??? Want met 120 kw en 343nm kan jy 'n corolla ratkas ook gebruik.

  • Just-ice Man - 2015-05-21 16:15

    Nothing wow! about this bakkie, same old Toyota Hilux or Legend 51. Disappointing.

  • Phillip Havenga - 2015-05-21 16:48

    Still damn ugly. when will Toyota start making vehicles that aren't hideous?

  • Erns Kleynhans - 2015-05-21 17:03

    Wat sê julle manne van Mahindra (as goedkoper werks-esel)?

      Christiaan Smith - 2015-05-21 18:08

      Ek stoot eerder 'n Ford voor ek 'n Mahindra ry

      Erns Kleynhans - 2015-05-22 09:39

      Lyk my daar is baie mense wat Fords stoot as ek so na die thumbs up kyk op Christiaan se post... LOL. Sou graag konstruktiewe terugvoer (kritiek) wou gehad het.

  • Walter Fick - 2015-05-21 17:24

    Love or hate it, it will eventually be a common site on our roads....

  • Mayor Mfengu - 2015-05-21 20:51

    I hope it won't be heavier than the utility that it replaces/will be replacing ...

  • Andries du Preez - 2015-05-21 23:24

    Amarok still leeds the way

      Thando Gqabaza - 2015-05-22 07:23

      the way to the VW service dept

  • Fred Van Der Merwe - 2015-05-22 10:10

    Aah yes, brand new Chev engines.

      Dewald Vd Heever - 2015-05-22 12:41

      lol its not chev engines but actually GWM engines. Toyota has no development department where they can develop their own engines. So what engines are they using in the yaris and corolla and auris?

  • Kwashirai Chigodora - 2015-05-22 23:06

    so people really expect me to believe that Toyota cant develop an engine.... or that A Ford bakkie cant handle the bush? where have they been for the last 50 years? any of the two bakkies will handle anything you throw at it and some. stop with the rumour debates.

  • Hendrik Roos - 2015-05-23 05:06

    And there is already a waiting list.

  • De Villiers Olivier - 2015-05-23 10:02

    The 4 litre better be 207 kw. Ford's new 2.0 Litre ecoboost is 177kw!!!

  • ayo.mkize - 2015-05-23 19:33

    Why must Toyota only step up when it's only facing a major rivalry form competitors? They should be leading the way.

  • Marius Claassen - 2015-05-23 22:45

    Baie skape in hierdie forum.

  • Ev Rusere - 2015-05-24 17:41

    Bakkie bakkie is toyota.the rest are dakkies.

  • Olebza Monnana - 2015-05-25 23:13

    Toyota should think D4D TRD concept...

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