The covers have come off the updated Toyota Hilux, spotting modern looks and packing 15.3% more power and 11.1% more torque. The Japanese best seller aims to keep up with competition aesthetically with this second update and this time around we see a refreshed front-end featuring redesigned smaller headlamps with restyled daytime running lights, a massive and imposing grille, while the rear sees a subtle redesign of the tail-lamps.
Inside the refreshed bakkie is the same interior with the tablet-like mounted screen and one notable aspect is the volume dial knob that replaces the touch operation before. Another addition to the Hilux is the Apple Car Play and Android Auto smartphone mirroring application.
Propelling the updated Toyota Hilux is a new 2.8 GD6 engine that produces150kW and 500 Nm of torquewhen paired with the automatic gearbox, meaning the manual version pushes on with 150kW and 450N.m. To keep up with the power increase some suspension upgrades and revised shock tuning for a more comfortable ride.
Eve though the sales are down, the update came timely to keep the venerable bakkie on top the sales chart for a while considering that an all-new Isuzu D-MAX, Mazda BT-50, facelifted Nissan Navara, an all-new Ford Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok are all on the way.