Toyota Hilux is definitely one of the most sport oriented Toyota pick-up trucks. It has a long history and over the years it was quite successful model in terms of sale results and popularity. The 2015 Toyota Hilux brings further improvements that will allow it to stay competitive.
Production of Hilux models started in 1968 and it was sold in United States in first decade of its production, but then Toyota decided to launch their Tacoma model, which later became one of the most popular pickup trucks in the United States, so they shifted production and sales of Toyota Hilux to Asia and Australia. Toyota Hilux has great off-road capabilities and it proved itself on numerous rallies around the world. One of the biggest prizes it won was 2008 Amudsen Omega 3 South Pole Race, which is one of the toughest rallies worldwide.
2015 Toyota Hilux
Toyota released few teaser photos of the new 2015 Toyota Hilux and whole Australia went mad. Its exterior design looks very futuristic and classy. We should take into account here that it is really hard to give shiny new updates every year to these kinds of vehicles that are primarily used in industry and agriculture. The 2015 Toyota Hilux will come with a new grille that somewhere half-way between Corolla and Highlander with some additional chrome bars that divides its segments and familiar Toyota badge in the middle. New Hilux also received wider nose and little bit bigger bed, and the rest of the exterior didn’t change much.
2015 Toyota Hilux Specs
Toyota didn’t release any interior teasers so we can’t really say for sure how Hilux interior is going to look. For this we will need to check 2014 model. Previous Toyota Hilux came with bad quality upholstery and door trim. Overall interior design looks very retro and bald. This will probably change in 2015 model, since pick-up truck madness reached Australia too, so now everybody buys these babies, not just contractors.
2015 Toyota Hilux Engine
We can expect relatively small (comparing to US standards) diesel engine in 2015 Toyota Hilux. Same goes for most of the pickups sold in Europe and Asia. Although it usually comes with small engine, that doesn’t stop Hilux to rule the wilderness and off-road terrain. In some higher trim levels we can expect V6 motor, but nothing that can match V8s from Ford F Series and Ram pick-up trucks. New Hilux will come with 5 speed manual or 6 speed automatic transmission, and with front wheel or all-wheel drive.
Toyota Hilux Back
Engine choice will be quite similar to the lineup we already have. It will come with a 3.0 liter diesel unit and six cylinder petrol powered unit that are both transferred from previous version. Among other version there are mentions about 2.5 liter turbocharged diesel that could also come to the lineup but the biggest surprise is the fact it could be offered with petrol electric combination.
2015 Toyota Hilux Release Date
Main rivals of Toyota Hilux are Ford Ranger, Chevy or Holden Colorado and Mazda BT50. Number of Chinese manufacturers started making these average sizes pick-up trucks, but until now we haven’t seen any of these that can be even compared with Toyota Hilux or any of the pickup trucks from this list. Price of 2015 Toyota Hilux will probably be from $30,000 to $50,000 in Australia, and if you want it to import it in United States you will need to pay shipping costs and custom fees, so it is maybe more economical to buy US produced Toyota Tacoma. Expect to see it on roads in the next few months as pretty much all info about this car is known.