The compact pickup is in its eighth generation which means that many models and variants of this car have been manufactured over the years. The most interesting thing is that the Japanese automobile manufacturer is more than ready to pump more models on the market. It is expected to release the latest model- Toyota Hilux 2018- in the coming months.
Toyota Hilux 2018 – Interior Cabin and Exterior
The car manufacturer will employ the “Keen Look” design language to construct the new pickup truck. This design criterion is available in the Toyota Corolla E170 and other newest cars from the automaker. The pickup will borrow chassis from the Tacoma and many exterior features from the Innova & Fortuner.
When it comes to the features, a three-bar grill will be one of the features glazing the front end of the Toyota Hilux 2018. This feature will be complemented by a redesigned bumper, slim projector headlights and LED day running lights. In the cargo section, there will be a spray-on bed liner and LED box lighting. The rear end will be more innovative with a remote-locking tailgate and LED taillights. Other exterior features of interest include new alloy wheels, re-modeled guards, and more functional side mirrors.
The interior of the Toyota Hilux 2018 is expected to be expanded to improve comfort and storage capacity. The steering wheel and seats will be wrapped in high-quality materials while the interior body panels will be toughened by the high-strength metallic material. The floor will get a tear and wear resistant material.
Technology wise, the new pickup truck will come with a good number of advanced electronic systems. We are anticipating for a refurbished infotainment system consisting of a 6.1-inch screen display and supporting a number of connectivity features such as Bluetooth & USB. We are also looking forward to more tech features such as audio streaming system, two-speaker stereo & voice control audio and air conditioning unit.
Toyota Hilux 2018 – Powerful Engine and Performance
There will be both diesel and petrol engine options for the new Hilux. The diesel engines include a 2.8-liter with 174 hp and 331 pound-feet of torque. The second one is a smaller 2.4-liter turbodiesel that makes 160 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. The gasoline engines will consist of a 2.7-liter four cylinder that makes 164 hp, and stronger options will be a 4,0 liter with amazing 278 hp.
The engines will work with either 5 or 6-speed manual & automatic transmission systems. They are expected to consume less fuel and emit lower amounts of pollutants. The most fuel efficient engine will record fuel consumption figures of 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The powertrains will support both rear-wheel and all-wheel drives.
Toyota Hilux 2018 – Expected Price and Availibilty
The starting price of the upcoming Toyota Hilux 2018 will be set at $18,000 which is slightly higher than that of the outgoing model. There will be several configurations, with the costliest model- SR5+ 2.8 diesel auto 4×4 dual-cab- expected to retail at around $60,000. The release date is expected in 2017 since this is a 2018 model.