The Toyota Hilux has just received new features in Australia. With specific changes to the design, the Japanese brand’s pickup also began to offer the option of a mild hybrid engine in the Oceanian country. After debuting in Europe last year, the new Toyota Hilux hybrid could arrive in Brazil later this year, as a 2025 line.
This is the third restyling of the current generation, which was launched globally in 2015 – and in Brazil in 2016. Most of the changes were made to the front, which gained a new front grille with a black finish and honeycomb effect. The LED headlights gained a new visual signature, while the bumper gained new air intakes and an aluminum detail in the lower central part.
At the rear, the tailgate has shock absorbers. Under the hood, the highlight is the 48V mild-hybrid system in the 2.8 turbo diesel engine with 204 hp and 500 Nm. As in Europe, the combustion engine is assisted by a 48V starter generator, which offers 16 hp and an extra 65 Nm to improve acceleration and energy efficiency.
The energy required by the generator is stored by a lithium battery charged by the alternator and by kinetic energy during braking. The objective is to reduce fuel consumption by up to 10% and maintain the functioning of some car features when turning off the combustion engine or in specific situations.
There are no changes to the load and towing capacity of the Hilux, which also maintained the current 6-speed automatic transmission, always with 4×4 traction with the 4×2 and 4×4 reduced functions.
The new Toyota Hilux hybrid should arrive in Argentina – where it is produced – and in Brazil in the middle of this year. The electrified system will be the last novelty before the arrival of the new generation of the pickup, which will have an unprecedented electric version. The new appearance has not yet been confirmed, as the Hilux underwent aesthetic changes in Brazil last year.