For 2021, Toyota has refreshed the Hilux with an addition of a more powerful engine, some updated exterior styling, and a tweaked interior. The Hilux is currently Toyota’s best-selling model in South Africa and that doesn’t bring much of a surprise as it is known for its history of being robust, a potent workhouse, and offering great value for money. Ever since 1968, the Hilux established itself as the one bakkie that is capable of doing tough off-roading without breaking a sweat and at one point the Hilux was so tough that it refused to die, as Top Gear has demonstrated in one of their episodes which you can watch here.
At last, Toyota has considered giving the Hilux an engine that it deserves which is the 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine and it now produces 201 hp (150 kW) and 500 Nm of torque. They claim that it can do 0-100 km/h in 10 seconds and to our understanding that can be achieved with the automatic transmission, not sure about the 6-speed manual but both gearboxes are available with this engine. The Hilux is built on a body-on-frame construction and the upside on that is it provides the bakkie with greater ground clearance and gives the body flexibility which is good for off-roading. The suspension has been updated and we hope that has improved the ride quality.
Judging from what I’m seeing on the outside upgrades, I’d say it looks even tougher than before with the 3D-design aggressive front grille and revised bumper design. There are new LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a new metallic paint called Titan Bronze. There is a special edition called the Invincible X which is the one displayed on these press release images and the model is quite distinct with a bespoke grille and front bumper, unique taillight design, skid plates, and door handles.
The interior has been given some new designs on the dash panel and an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with updated software that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Hilux gets some creature comfort features like smart entry with push to start/stop function, front and rear parking sensors, satellite navigation, and a nine-speaker JBL sound system.
We have no confirmation of this facelifted model arriving in SA but with simple logical thinking, we know very well that Toyota SA will bring it to our shores no doubt. The Invincible X edition might not see its way to our market but that is yet to be announced.
Source: Toyota Hilux UK Press Release