The new 2020 Toyota Hilux is now open for booking at all authorised Toyota dealerships nationwide. There are five variants to pick, including the Hilux Double Cab 2.4 E A/T which is a new addition to the range. Further, the new Hilux Double Cab 2.8 Rogue A/T will replace the Double Cab 2.8 Black Edition at the top of the line-up. Meanwhile, the new Double Cab 2.4 V A/T is an upgrade from the current Double Cab 2.4 L-Edition. For those who still prefer or need a manual transmission, the Double 2.4 G and Single Cab 2.4 are the only options.
The 2020 Hilux range gets seven exterior colours. They are Bronze Mica Metallic (new), Crimson Spark Red Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, Phantom Brown Metallic, Medium Silver Metallic, Silver Metallic and Super White II. The Hilux Single Cab is available only in Solid White.
The 2020 Hilux sees a redesign of various styling elements. Notable ones are the front bumper, grille, and fog lamp bezel. The Hilux Double Cab 2.8 Rogue flagship also gets a new bonnet moulding and skid plate while the lower variants get new 17″ and 18″ alloy wheel designs.
The interior of the flagship also gets new trim design, a new meter design, illuminated door trim garnish and a new key cover design. The base variants get a new meter design with additional information on the Multi Information Display (MID).
Besides refreshing the appearance inside and out, there are also upgrades to performance and safety systems. The 1G-FTV 2.8L turbo diesel engine has received improvements to increase power output and torque. Maximum output is now 204 PS @ 3,400 rpm (+27 PS) and torque is 500 Nm @ 1,600 – 2,800 rpm (+50 Nm).
Although there is an increase in engine power, it does not negatively impact fuel consumption. On the contrary, fuel efficiency has improved due to the use of a 2-stage oil pump that can optimally switch the oil pressure. Additionally, a water-cooled double-pipe type pre-EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) cooler has been installed to optimize the EGR gas temperature.
Meanwhile, the power-assisted rack and pinion steering system for the new Hilux (except for the Single Cab variant) now has a Variable Flow Control (VFC) system which reduces demand on the power steering pump, thus benefiting fuel economy. At the same time, the driver will find enhanced steering feel with more natural handling in different speed ranges. The feel is lighter at low speeds for easier parking manoeuvers easier, and is heavier at higher speeds for a more confident feel.
The new Hilux also comes with Auto Limited Slip Differential (LSD) to aid traction by using the traction control system (TRC) to control braking and engine output when one of the rear wheels start to spin. The Auto LSD system is available only when in the High range and in 2WD, at speeds up to 50 km/h.
For safety, the Hilux will get the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) system. The TSS system consists of three systems i.e. Pre-Collision System (PCS), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), with Yaw Assist.
The estimated prices for the new Hilux range will start from RM93,880 onwards. The Hilux 2.8 Rogue is estimated to be priced at RM148,880. There is a RM4,000 Early Bird Special for the Rogue (RM144,880) if you buy it this year.
The full specifications and price list will be available when it is officially launched. In the meantime, you can register your interest or booking with any authorised Toyota dealer.
To locate the nearest Toyota showroom, check toyota.com.my or call the Toyota FREEPHONE 1-800-88-TOYOTA (869682).