Upgraded Hilux Revealed With New Looks, Improved Technology And 48-Volt Powertrain

Toyota has revealed significant design and feature updates for the fan-favourite HiLux pick-up that will arrive in Australian showrooms in March at the same time as the introduction of 48-Volt technology.

The upgraded HiLux brings a new sense of rugged style with a refreshed front-end design that gives an even more muscular look to the most popular double-cab auto diesel variants.

The 48-Volt technology – standard on 4x4 Rogue and automatic SR5 double cabs, and optional for 4x4 SR double cabs – helps improve engine smoothness and fuel economy of the venerable 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine by approximately 6-10 per cent depending on variant, compared to current generation HiLux.1

Toyota Australia Vice President Sales, Marketing and Franchise Operations Sean Hanley said the upgrades to the new-look HiLux range make it more compelling than ever.

“Introducing 48-Volt technology on double-cab HiLux models is an exciting step forward, improving fuel efficiency while still providing performance and capability that the HiLux is known for,” Mr Hanley said.

“Combined with dynamic styling and improved specification, the HiLux range has never looked more appealing.”

The revised face features a new-look grille and front bumper combined in an interlocking design with an octagonal grille, trapezoidal lower section and bold outer bumper, which houses the fog lamps on SR5.

On most WorkMate variants, a black honeycomb mesh grille is now applied for a tough and sporty look and paired with a black lower and body-coloured side bumper finish, while a tailgate damper has been added on pick-up variants. The front bumper on WorkMate single-cab chassis and petrol double-cab variants has been changed from a dark grey finish to black.

SR grades add a silver coloured lower bumper finish, while the SR5 goes further with a black upper grille mould, dark-tinted LED headlamp cluster, gloss black fog lamp bezels, exterior mirrors and outside door handles.

The 48-Volt system comprises a motor generator, 48-Volt battery and DC/DC converter which enables a stop/start system as well as enhancing driveability and fuel efficiency while reducing noise, vibration and harshness.

Variants with this technology are also made more capable off-road with the standard fitment of Multi-Terrain Select, offering six selectable drive modes that enhance performance in challenging conditions.2

SR grades fitted with the optional 48-Volt technology gain dual-zone automatic climate control, smart entry and start, automatic up-down control for the power windows, and carpet floor mats.

Regardless of powertrain choice, all SR double-cab automatic pick-up grades now feature two front and four rear parking sensors to help make navigating tight spaces easier.

Providing enhanced convenience, SR5 along with HiLux Rogue and GR Sport now feature a wireless charging pad3 next to the gear shifter and two rear USB-C ports next to the air-conditioning vents for double-cab variants.

1 Results produced in laboratory test conditions, using sample vehicles without fitment of accessories/customisation, & do not reflect real world driving. Figures should only be used for comparative purposes.
2 Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner’s Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
3 Only Qi-supported devices compatible. Refer to device manufacturer. May require additional purchase of accessory to support wireless charging.