Next-gen Toyota Hilux spotted in action!

2015-04-22 08:36

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.


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

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  • David van Zyl - 2015-04-22 08:44

    Looks the same. Not impressed

      Phillip Trytsman - 2015-04-22 08:47

      Yup looks like any other Hilux!

      Atholl Canterbury - 2015-04-22 09:45

      --- Looking More & More like the Ranger --- Check the bonnet overlap on the side !! The evidence shows that the Ranger (cosmetic) design team had overtaken the Toyota design team ... .... but can they match the torgue ?

      Nu Vérité - 2015-04-22 11:02

      No need to change a winning recipe.

  • Marius Roodt - 2015-04-22 08:54

    Way overpriced.

  • Lentsho JD Lentswe - 2015-04-22 08:57

    Ulgy (sic).

  • altusvanzyl - 2015-04-22 09:08

    Hier kom 'n pakslae...

  • Michael Hibbert - 2015-04-22 09:14

    Brakes clearly dont work. A pedestrian friendly vehicle.

      Sipho Dlamini - 2015-05-20 14:00

      They were only checking that it doesn't get damaged when it runs over people. Important selling point in SA.

  • Nomore War - 2015-04-22 09:14

    More tinfoil on wheels! Here's a suggestion Toyota make the bodywork thicker in steel not a Tin can! And please ad some solid mags not these stupid hubcaps that you have to cable tye on! Less Bulky look more earo dynamic please

      David - 2015-04-22 09:24


      Thando Gqabaza - 2015-04-23 06:47

      earo dynamic ? says it all really

  • Conrad Marshall - 2015-04-22 09:30

    "longer and wider"... the current SUV's already don't fit in a normal parking space, and now?

      Myrti Viridis - 2015-04-24 08:43

      Just shows you what unbridled capitalism is capable of! The family saloon car has become a truck. And the trucks ... well, they don't fit anywhere. But hey, they make the driver look important, so I guess all is well.

  • Kevin Van Vuuren - 2015-04-22 09:41

    We don't know what it looks like,yet I can guarantee the thieves already know how to steal it in 45 seconds. Toyota probably told them aswell.

  • Dane Herbst - 2015-04-22 09:58

    Mitsubishi Colt's were still the best

  • Andrew Terr - 2015-04-22 10:20

    Looks likes a GWM STEED 6.

  • Gavin Young - 2015-04-22 10:50

    Wheel size and travel too small for serious off-roading. Fitting bigger tyres means travel will be reduced (no travel room). This is the reason why the old 2.2/2.4 were better off-roaders. One of the reasons it also looks horrible and out-of-proportion. Built for the tar and a bit of gravel... But that's the market I guess.

  • Mark Neil - 2015-04-22 12:30

    Thankfully looks completely different to that last 8 in the series...........really. Brakes look good on it too. Hilux 1 pedestrian 0.

  • Rian Coetzee - 2015-04-22 14:39

    What? does I come with double wheel option at the back with that bulky arches? I am Hilux, but this does not make sense, especially sticking to the 3d4d on the diesel version. I want more power!

  • Marius Grobler - 2015-04-22 23:17

    Sure this is not the current Hilux? Looks exactly same

  • Ryan Hawker - 2015-04-23 10:43

    i hope there are more than 4 gears in the auto this time.

  • Kal Reegar - 2015-04-23 12:56

    To match the Ford, Toyota must produce an Africa failing gearbox for when a bakkie does more than just pavement hop.

  • Khumbudzo Sivhabu - 2015-04-23 20:28

    Value for money

  • Hein Smal - 2015-04-24 05:38

    Oh now i get it same bakkie with new Legend 40 stickers in the pipeline

  • Sabs Mzuku - 2015-04-28 10:21

    Remove the camo, then I can make noise! ..for now, all is hidden and will be revealed and i can tell it does not look anything like the current one..

  • Hilton Camons - 2015-05-06 17:27

    Not sure what the big deal is. All SA bakkies look the same from behind (with the exception of the Ford Ranger. This is NOT exciting.

  • Jacques du Toit - 2015-05-14 11:49

    Nose designed to look like a chick's car...so refined! I thought it would look more bulky like the Big American bakkies...Ag nee MAN!

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