2016 Toyota Hilux unveiled
The 2016 model Toyota Hilux was recently unveiled at an event in Sydney and Bangkok. The Hilux, which is a pick-up truck variant, is very similar to the next generation Fortuner. The new model comes with a number of new diesel and petrol engines for the consumers to choose from. Also mated to these engines is a new transmission set up. This includes a six speed “intelligent” manual transmission along with a six-speed auto box as an option. Along with that the car gets enhanced features in comfort, safety and durability.
Starting with the engines, the new diesel variants come from the new “GD” family of engines that Toyota has developed. These engines will make their presence felt on the upcoming Innova, Fortuner and Prado models. The two engines on offer are a 2.4 liter four cylinder and a bigger 2.8 liter four cylinder. The 2.4 called the 2GD-FTV produces 150 bhp and 400 Nm of torque, while the 2.8 liter engine (called the 1GD-FTV) produces 177 bhp and 450 Nm of torque
The diesel engines use the common rail direct injection technology, variable nozzle turbos and a fancy exhaust recirculation system. Toyota claims that these engines are 10% more fuel-efficient than the ongoing diesel engines. The manual transmission on the 2.8 liter motor gets a new intelligent system. The six speed manual transmission has a rev-matching option, which “mitigates shift lock”. The power ratings on the manual transmission have been reduced to 420 from 450. Lets see how the consumer reacts to this!
The petrol engines on offer are exciting as well. The consumer will have an option of a 2.7 liter four-cylinder and a 4 cylinder V6 (the V6 will be exclusive only to Australia though). The 2.7 liter Dual VVT-I mill produces close to 166 bhp and 245 Nm of torque. The engine is expected to be way more fuel-efficient than the current one due to integration of better technology.
The suspension set up has been modified for different market segments. The Toyota Hilux, which will be sold in Australia, will have a tougher and stiffer suspension set up. The cars being used over there are more prone to off roading and rough use, according to market research statistics. The Hilux pick-up sold in Thailand will have a more comfort centric suspension set up. The vehicle is available as a single, as well as a double cab option. The rear suspension uses a rear-leaf spring set up, while a double wishbone set up does duty upfront.
Other changes include a higher towing capability (up from 2.5 ton to 3.5 ton), and an increased fuel tank capacity. The 2016 Hilux will make its debut in Australia by early October.
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