Toyota Hilux Reached Its Eighth Generation

The 86th edition of the Geneva International Auto Show also represented the launch site of the new Toyota Hilux. Hilux is one of the most popular models produced by the Japanese manufacturer, now reaching its eighth generation.

Since 1968 until now, the Japanese produced the Hilux in over 16 million copies sold around the world.
Last but not least, in 2015 Hilux was the best-selling pick-up in Europe recording over 34,000 cars sold, an amount which represents almost a quarter of the segment’s total sells. Regardless of the conditions in which it was forced to run, the Hilux has proven over time the ability to cope with any challenge and to fold to the needs of its owner.

The new Toyota Hilux will be offered to customers in three body styles – Single Cab, Extra Cab and Double Cab – and has a length of 5,335 mm, 75 mm more than the older generation. The new model is 20 mm wider than the old model, but sits 45 mm lower compared to the previous version.

The design of the new Hilux has evolved in line with the new generation of Toyota models. Thus, the model has a massive front side, on which the grille hosts the Japanese company’s logo, and interlocks with LED daytime headlights.

The total weight of this model decreased this time to 3,200 kilograms, thanks to the improvements that have been made by Japanese engineers.

Toyota representatives have proposed for the new generation a palette of three new available colors: Orange Spice, Volcano Red and Hydro Blue. Depending on the equipment chosen the Hilux comes equipped with alloy wheels measuring 16, 17 or 18 inches boasting also chrome elements contribute that the image of a solid pick-up, ready to serve its master in the most difficult tests.

In terms of motorization, Toyota proposed under the hood of the new Hilux a D-4D diesel engine with a displacement of 2.4 liters, a new generation that provides 150 hp at 3,400 rpm and 400 Nm of torque between 1,600 rpm and 2,000 rpm. 4×2 wheel drive versions have the engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, while the Hilux 4×4 models can be configured and an automatic gearbox, also with six reports.

Equipped with a manual gearbox, the new Hilux can accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 12.8 seconds. The maximum attainable speed is 170 km / h.

Inside, the new Hilux has received a dashboard inspired by what we see in the new generation of Toyota cars which house in their central an infotainment system with a 7-inch diagonal screen. Comfort features are complemented by wear resistant elements specific to a genuine pick-up.

Toyota representatives propose for the new generation technologies such as Traction Control, Downhill Assist Control, Hill Start Assist Control or Toyota Safety Sense. In terms of off-road behavior, the new Toyota Hilux comes built on a new chassis, which allows increased torsional rigidity by some 20 percent.

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