Toyota Australia is looking to claw back 4×4 and ute sales leadership with its upgraded HiLux.
In addition to its more powerful 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, the HiLux also receives retuned spring rates, shock absorbers and suspension bushes as well as revised cabin mounts
Inside, there’s an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as control knobs and enhanced voice recognition. The dials in the instrument cluster have a new look and the 4.2-inch display between them now contains a digital speedometer.
Halogen headlights are revised, while the SR5 has new-design LED headlights to go along with a new 18-inch alloy wheel design. SR buyers now have access to 17-inch alloy wheels through the SR+ option package.
4×2 Single Cab (cab-chassis)
- Workmate 2.7 5MT: $23,590
- Workmate 2.7 6AT: $25,590
- Workmate Hi-Rider 2.4TD 6MT: $28,830
4×2 Extra Cab (pick-up)
- SR Hi-Rider, 2.8TD 6AT: $44,210
4×2 Double Cab (pick-up)
- Workmate 2.7 5MT: $33,070
- Workmate 2.7 6AT: $35,070
- Workmate Hi-Rider 2.4TD 6MT: $40,160
- Workmate Hi-Rider 2.4TD 6AT: $42,160
- SR Hi-Rider 2.8TD 6MT: $43,230
- SR Hi-Rider 2.8TD 6AT: $45,230
- SR5 Hi-Rider 2.8TD 6AT: $53,690
4×4 Single Cab (cab chassis)
- Workmate 2.4TD 6MT: $39,520
- SR 2.8TD 6MT: $42,590
- SR 2.8TD 6AT: $44,59
4×4 Extra Cab (cab chassis)
- Workmate 2.4TD 6AT: $45,220
- SR 2.8TD 6MT: $46,250
- SR 2.8TD 6AT: $48,250
4×4 Extra Cab (pick-up)
- SR5 2.8TD 6AT: $58,400
4×4 Double Cab (cab chassis)
- Workmate 2.4TD 6AT: $47,290
- SR 2.8TD 6MT: $48,510
- SR 2.8TD 6AT: $50,660
- SR5 2.8TD 6AT: $58,420 (new variant)
- SR5+ 2.8TD 6AT: $60,920 (new variant)
4×4 Double Cab (pick-up)
- Workmate 2.4TD 6MT: $46,790
- Workmate 2.4TD 6AT: $48,790
- SR 2.8TD 6MT: $50,010
- SR 2.8TD 6AT: $52,160
- SR+ 2.8TD 6AT: $54,160
- SR5 2.8TD 6MT: $57,920
- SR5 2.8TD 6AT: $59,920
- SR5+ 2.8TD 6MT: $60,420
- SR5+ 2.8TD 6AT: $62,420
- Rogue 2.8TD 6AT: $68,990
- Rugged X 2.8TD 6AT: $69,990
All prices listed exclude on-road costs
- Premium paint: $600
- SR+: $2000 over SR (adds 17-inch alloys and satellite navigation)
- SR5+: $2500 over SR5 (adds power driver’s seat, heated front seats and leather-accented trim)
The headline act of the updated range is the more powerful 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel, which now makes 150kW (at 3400rpm) and 500Nm (at 1600-2800rpm) when fitted with the six-speed automatic. Manual models develop 420Nm (at 1400-3400rpm).
Lower grades offer a 110kW/400Nm 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel, while the entry-level versions are fitted as standard with a 122kW/245Nm 2.7-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.
The smaller diesel makes peak power and torque at 3400rpm and 1600-2000rpm respectively, while the petrol does the same at 5200rpm and 4000rpm respectively.
Both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations are available throughout the line-up (see price list above), with manual and automatic transmissions offered for all powertrains.
Petrol models are fitted as standard with a five-speed manual transmission as standard while the diesels are mated to a six-speeder. A six-speed automatic is optional or standard depending on variant.
The updated 2.8-litre diesel claims to improve fuel consumption by as much as 11.1 per cent, quoted at between 7.1L/100km and 8.1L/100km depending on variant.
Meanwhile, the 2.4-litre oiler is rated at between 7.4L/100km and 8.0L/100km depending on variant.
Finally, the petrol four claims to use between 7.1L/100km and 8.0L/100km.
The variations in fuel economy are based on body style, drivetrain (4×2 v 4×4) and transmission, for reference.
The HiLux’s measurements are dependent on which variant you choose.
Pick-ups are 5325mm long (except Workmate Double Cab at 5330mm) and 1855mm wide (except Single Cab and Workmate 4×2 Double Cab at 1800mm.
All variants have a 3085mm wheelbase, with ground clearance rated at 216mm for all variants bar 4×2 models with the base petrol engine (174mm)
Braked towing capacity is 2500kg for petrol models, 2800kg for 2WD diesels, and 3500kg for all 4×4 models.
Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) again depends on variant, rated between 2700kg and 3100kg.
For off-road buffs, approach angle is 29 degrees for all models bar base 4×2 petrol models (23 degrees), while departure angle is between 20 and 27 degrees.
Wading depth is rated at 700mm, and the fuel tank is 80 litres.
All versions of the new HiLux get a suite of Toyota Safety Sense technologies as standard, including AEB with pedestrian (day/night) and cyclist (day) detection, high-speed adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning with steering assist via brakes. Road sign assist is also included.
SR5 4×4 models as well as auto-equipped SR 4×4 double cabs (including cab-chassis) feature hill descent control, while SR5 double- and extra-cab pick-ups now get front and rear parking sensors as standard.
4×2 Hi-Rider and 4×4 models feature 319mm front ventilated brake discs with opposed-piston calipers and 295mm self-adjusting rear drums with leading and trailing shoes.
Other 4×2 HiLux models get 296mm front ventilated discs with floating calipers and 254mm rear drums.
The eighth-generation Toyota HiLux wears a five-star ANCAP rating for vehicles sold from July 2019 onwards, scoring 96 per cent for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupants, 88 per cent for vulnerable road users and 78 per cent for safety assist.
ANCAP’s rating applies to all variants. Read more here.
The HiLux Workmate comes standard with the following equipment:
- 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Two-speaker sound system
- Adaptive cruise control
- Automatic headlights
- Power windows
- Cloth upholstery
- Vinyl floors
- Halogen headlights and daytime running lights
- Reversing camera (Double Cab ute only)
- 16-inch wheels (17-inch in Double Cab, 4×4 variants)
The HiLux SR adds:
- Four- or six-speaker sound system (Extra Cab and Double Cab, respectively)
- Side steps
- Front air-conditioned cooler box
- 17-inch wheels
The SR+ option package ($2000) adds 17-inch alloy wheels and satellite navigation.
The HiLux SR5 adds:
- LED headlights, daytime running lights and front fog lights
- Satellite navigation
- DAB+ digital radio
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Privacy glass
- Climate control air-conditioning
- Rear air vents (Double Cab only)
- Proximity entry with push-button start
- Premium shifter and steering wheel
- Carpeted floors
- Chrome door handles
- 18-inch alloy wheels
The SR5+ package ($2500) adds a power driver’s seat, heated front seats and leather-accented upholstery.
The Rogue adds:
- Nine-speaker JBL premium sound system
- Black exterior trim
- Exterior decals
- Resin sports bar
The Rugged X adds:
- Hoopless bull bar
- Bash plate
- LED light bar
- Front and rear recovery points
- Heavy-duty rock rails
- Heavy-duty front springs
- Black sports bar with tie-down points
Warranty and Servicing
The Toyota HiLux is covered by Toyota’s five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty which covers any Toyota-produced part, panel and accessory.
Engine and driveline warranty can be extended by another two years provided the vehicle is serviced according to schedule, along with seven years of emergency assistance.
Service pricing is capped between $220 and $250 per visit for the first four visits, covering two years or 40,000km.
Maintenance is still required every six months or 10,000km, which is notably shorter than the usual 12 month/15,000km intervals offered by most rivals.