Toyota Hilux is the company’s best-selling truck, and one of the most popular models. Taking into account that the Tacoma is only available in the US, the dominant model on the rest of the markets is the Hilux. Of course, the main reason for such a status of the mid-size pickup is performance and durability. Moreover, with the new generation on the way, one question remains – will we see the 2021 Toyota Hilux in the United States. It’s hard to say, so we’ll keep this topic open until we gather more info from the Japanese automaker.
The mid-size pickup depends on diesel power. The company is developing brand-new D-4D units for the upcoming versions of Hilux. However, these engines won’t be available until 2022. For now, the customers will choose between 2.4-liter turbo-four unit, 2.5-liter, powerful 2.8-liter D-4D and a 3.0-liter mill.
2021 Toyota Hilux – The Debut of the New Generation
The Hilux is probably the longest active nameplate in Toyota’s famils. The first generation was released back in 1968. Since then, the Hilux has seven more generations in total. The latest one is from 2015. So, it’s time for an update.
According to the reports, the 2021 Toyota Hilux will be the harbinger of the new generation. As a result, the company will have a new representative in the mid-size class, that can compete with Isuzu D-Max, Nissan Navara, and Ford Ranger. Furthermore, some rumors claim that the new Hilux will get a hybrid version as well.
Under the hood of, 2021 Toyota Hilux will be both petrol and diesel units. There will be four different types of engines available. The first one is a 2.4-liter turbo-four drivetrain, which produces 150 hp and around 270 lb-ft of torque. Next, the customers might choose a 2.5-liter unit, which delivers 145 hp and 250 lb-ft of twist. This mill sends power through a manual- or available automatic transmission.
Still, the most potent units will be a 2.8-liter D-4D engine and a 3.0-liter mill. The first one produces 180 hp, while the second generates 165 hp. That concludes the diesel engines. Let’s switch to the petrol units, shall we? The petrol options for Hilux are 2.0-, 2.7-, and 4.0-liter. The 2.0-liter mill returns 140 hp, and the 2.7-liter unit 160 hp, and 170 lb-ft. On the other hand, the 4.0-liter drivetrain makes 235 hp and 280 lb-ft of twist.
2021 Toyota Hilux Brings Special Versions for Australia
The Hilux is one of the most popular trucks in Australia. Therefore, Toyota will include some special versions that will be available only in this market. The Australia-only models are the Hilux Rugged, Rugged X, and Rogue.
These models are specialized for the off-roading, thanks to numerous upgrades. Moreover, 2021MY will bring improvements in every segment, and Toyota will continue to develop special versions for this demanding market.
According to the reports from the Aichi-based automaker, the new Hilux will be ready in late 2020. However, the official release date is not yet confirmed. By the time the new Tacoma arrives, 2021 Toyota Hilux should already be on the streets. The starting price is still unknown. As for the competition, the main rival is Nissan Navara.