When you have the pickup with the right stuff, what else is there to do but make it better!

That’s what Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP), the leading automobile manufacturer thought. Bringing the new HiLux fresh from Thailand where it is manufactured, the new iteration boasts a new look as well as added sporty options.

Although holding a firm share in the highly contested pickup market, the Hilux is constantly being threatened by various manufacturers; Japanese, American, European , Korean and of course China sourced units, Toyota cannot seat on their laurels. Standard just wont cut it. Toyota knows this fully well and is on the right track. “If it aint broke, improve it” is the mantra nowadays.

What used to be a few variants sprouted to a multiple choice, depending on your needs. Starter pickup? Check. Business fleet? Check! Leisure? Check! And serious adventure–of course! Whatever your budget, there is a pickup for you.

First off, the new Hilux sports a new look. For the top-tier Conquest Emotional Red, the grille extends to the lower valance panel with simulated skid plate. Fender overriders (flares) and a sport bar at the bed. Also exclusive to Conquest models are the bi-beam LED headlamps and LED rear combination lamps with line guide. The tailgate gets the usual signature Hilux branding, with Conquest decals on both sides of the cargo bed. The deck space offers plenty of cargo room with tailgate assist and bedliner for Conquest variants.

The rest of the lower models also have a similar but shorter gaping grille that extends from the hood to the bumper.

The Cabin

Access is made easy with keyless entry available (for Conquest, G, and E grades,) with Conquest variants getting Smart Entry and Push Start System. A boon for drivers, all three grades also have power adjust with auto fold for side mirrors and speed-sensing door locks.

The dash is basically the same but with 4.2” TFT multi-information display, and controls with the steering wheel switches. Connectivity is Apple CarPlay/Android Auto for Conquest, G, and E grades. Cruise Control is standard for Conquest variants.

Improved Powertrain

The top variants are powered by 2.8L 1GD-FTV engine which gives 201 HP (204 Ps) max output, and a stupendous 500 Nm max torque for the AT variant, and a lower but still impressive 420 Nm max torque for the MT variant (with Intelligent Manual Transmission). However, the 4×2 Conquest, G, and E variants gets the reliable 2.4L 2GD-FTV engine with 148 HP max output, and 400 Nm max torque.

Although enjoying the same components with its older sibling, power for both the new 1GD and 2GD engine are enhanced for a 4-5% improvement in fuel efficiency

Safety First

Passenger safety is the priority. All three grades come with SRS airbags (7 for the 4×4 Conquest A/T variant), 3-pt. ELR seatbelts, Anti-Lock Brake System with Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Vehicle Stability Control, and Hill-Start Assist Control. Conquest 4×4 variants also have Downhill Assist Control and Active Traction Control.

Clearance sonars are available for Conquest while back sonars are available for G grades, and the reverse camera is available for Conquest variants.

New Models

As stated earlier, new variants are now available to satisfy both ends of the market spectrum. Aside from Conquest, G and E grades, TMP continues to offer the Hilux J in 4×4 and 4×2, Cab and Chassis, and FX for its fleet and business partners. A much-appreciated model is the Hilux J, with 4×4/M/T drivetrain. A logical option for tough business needs, but for us, a blank canvass to start for our extreme 4×4 adventure HiLux.

(Colors available)

Although an old body style, the New Hilux comes with improvements on its looks, performance, and features, and is available in 4×4 Conquest and 4×2 Conquest variants, G AT and MT, and E MT. With Toyota listening to the market demands, Hilux customers get more value for money on their vehicle, especially with the E variant starting at PHP 1.1M.

TMP is also introducing the Hilux Cargo, a single cab with windowless panel body — a more affordable variant powered by the same 2GD engine. The new Hilux Cargo is specifically designed for the added rigors of delivering goods and services.

Pricing

visit TMP’s official website at www.toyota.com.ph and follow the official social media pages at ToyotaMotorPhilippines (Facebook and Instagram), @ToyotaMotorPH (Twitter), and Toyota PH (Viber and Telegram).

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