While the current Hilux is only available in certain markets, the 2016 Toyota Hilux is planned to be a Global model meaning that it will be for the first time introduced on the US market. This would mean that the current Tacoma will no longer be produced. Toyota hasn’t officially announced this yet but we are expecting them to because the new Hilux is bigger, more powerful and also much more fuel efficient than the previous generation.
2016 Toyota Hilux review
On top of all these, the Toyota Hilux 2016 will actually receive a new chassis that will loosely be based on that of the current Tacoma. This means that the usual engines will be gone and replaced with much more fuel efficient ones. Its price though will remain mostly unchanged, so expect to get the least equipped version for as low as 20.000 dollars or even less. The release date has been announced to be at the end of 2015.
Engine of new Toyota Hilux 2016
Just as we said, engine wise there will be some major changes. There are going to be new engines as well as carried over engines from the previous generation. The most likely engine to be carried over will be the 2.7 liter inline 4 with nearly 180 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. The new engine will be in the form of a new diesel engine that will be based on the new Cummins 5 liter V8. This one will get 2.8 liters in displacement and it will make around 160 horsepower and more than 300 lb-ft of torque, meaning it will actually have more torque than the current 3 liter turbo-diesel but less power. Luckily though it will be much more fuel efficient, so expect it to use around 10% less fuel.
Transmission wise, the old 5 and 4 speed automatics as well as the 5 speed manual will be gone in the favor of all new gearboxes. These will be a 6 speed manual and a 6 speed automatic that will be available both with rear wheel drive and all wheel drive. The latter will also get new electronic differentials that will allow the new Hilux 2016 to be just as good off-road as the old model.
2016 Toyota Hilux reveal
2016 Hilux interior
Inside the new Toyota Hilux there will be changes but not so many as on the exterior. The general layout of the dashboard will remain mostly the same, the differences being in the new type of materials and equipment that will be available. Now even the base model will get things such as automatic climate control, audio system or even a trip computer.
Its exterior on the other hand will most likely be different in order to be able to keep up with its main competitor, the Amarok. It will be slightly wider, longer and a bit taller and the departure and approach angles will be quite better thanks to a new bumper design.
History about Hilux model: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Hilux