THE eighth-generation Toyota Hilux has been round for 5 years now and, after the primary facelift got here in 2017, this second one arrived in September 2020.
Greater than only a facelift although, the replace got here with vital adjustments to the 1GR engine to enhance output and efficiency.
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For 4x4OTY we’ve got an SR5+ on the check. This begins at $59,920 for Double Cab Pickup SR5 Automated, however add $600 for premium paint and one other $2500 for the premium (leather-based seats) inside and we’re as much as $63,020 (plus ORC).
POWERTRAIN & PERFORMANCE
TOYOTA changed its 3.0-litre four-cylinder 1KZ collection of diesel engines with the all-new 2.8-litre four-pot 1GR collection with the introduction of the eighth-gen again in 2005, and it dissatisfied drivers with lacklustre efficiency and pissed off them with an ongoing collection of issues across the diesel particulate filter (DPF) which is a part of the mandated emissions management system.
The truth that Toyota claims to have mounted the DPF issues in Hilux and different diesel-fuelled Toyota automobiles is one thing we will’t substantiate in our testing, besides to say we had no issues with it. What we will say is the upgrades to the 1GR-FTV engine have made a world of distinction to it, bringing life to what was essentially the most mundane of powerplants.
The 2020 adjustments features a new cylinder head, turbocharger and better strain fuel-injection system amongst different new parts. These adjustments enhance the ability and torque from a better of 130kW and 450Nm (pre-September 2020) to 150kW and 500Nm with the updates. The 500Nm of torque is up there with one of the best four-cylinder engines in its class, and you may actually really feel the adjustments within the Hilux.
ON-ROAD RIDE & HANDLING
The upgrades to the two.8 engine are well-appreciated on street the place the noticeable further pick-up in the midst of the rev vary makes overtaking and powering by corners each simpler and extra comfy. It brings efficiency the place there was nothing earlier than and is chalk and cheese over the earlier engine.
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Nevertheless it’s not all about grunt. Revisions to the suspension see the rear leaf springs lengthened to make them extra compliant and mounted farther outboard on the chassis to enhance stability. The longer springs have softened what was broadly considered too stiff a trip – not rather a lot, however definable – and their placement makes the chassis really feel extra planted on mountain roads and gravel corners.
THOSE longer rear leaf springs work simply as properly off-road, enhancing the Hilux’s already spectacular (by OE requirements) rear-axle journey. This lets the rear wheels stroll out and in of ruts and holes within the observe to take care of tyre contact and therefore traction.
The entrance finish impresses with its compliance as properly, but it was nonetheless agency sufficient to maintain the skid plates from grounding out on the lengthy, steep descent down the Billy Goat Bluff Observe. That’s fairly good for an OE IFS ute.
Mix this with the Lux’s glorious ETC calibration and this SR5 walked easily up our set-piece hill climb. As we’ve discovered on this hill in previous expertise, the Hilux climbs higher utilizing simply the ETC than when partaking the RDL. With the RDL within the ETC is totally cancelled, making your entrance axle principally a single-spinner; and as quickly as you elevate a entrance wheel, you’re going nowhere. There could be different off-road conditions the place the RDL can be extra helpful than the ETC on the Hilux, however we haven’t discovered them but.
CABIN & ACCOMMODATION
THE Hilux cabin has all the time been a cushty place to trip, however it was let down by a number of niggles with some parts. It appears like Toyota listened to the complaints and addressed them with the 2020 upgrades.
The AV display is a brand new eight-inch unit that integrates higher into the sprint. It has a wonderful manufacturing facility sat-nav system that exhibits extra Excessive Nation tracks than Google Maps does, however the system additionally contains Apple CarPlay and Android Auto should you want Google. Better of all, Toyota has fitted a pleasant, large quantity dial to the unit – so full marks there.
The leather-based seats are a pleasant improve as a part of the optionally available premium inside package deal, whereas the brand new gauge binnacle is evident and straightforward to learn and scroll by the knowledge menus.
The Hilux does fall wanting some newer utes within the class by way of security package. It nonetheless has ABS, ETC, ESC, AEB and a lane-departure system that makes use of the brakes to forestall wandering quite than the steering as most automobiles do. This makes this method much less intrusive for the motive force and is as a result of Hilux retaining hydraulic energy steering help in lieu of electrical. The dear rear cross-traffic alert is just not provided on Hilux.
IN SR5+ spec the Hilux has an 1105kg payload and 3500kg towing capability. It has a 700mm wading depth and good air-intake placement contained in the fender. Toyota affords heaps of factory-backed equipment and, being one of the best promoting automobile in Australia, it’s massively supported by the aftermarket off-road gear companies The OE tyre dimension is a 265/60-18, though you can match 17s as on the decrease grades.
ENGINE: 2.8-litre 4-cyl turbo diesel
MAX POWER: 150kW at 3400rpm
MAX TORQUE: 500Nm from 1600 to 2800rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automated
TRANSFER CASE: Half-time 4×4 w/ excessive/low vary
STEERING: Hydraulic-assist rack and pinion
FRONT SUSPENSION: IFS w/ higher and decrease management arms, coil springs
REAR SUSPENSION: Reside axle, leaf springs, stabiliser bar
KERB WEIGHT: 2093kg
PAYLOAD: 1105kg (cab-chassis)
TOWING CAPACITY: 3500kg
FUEL TANK CAPACITY: 80L
ADR FUEL USE: 7.9L/100km
TEST FUEL USE: 12.96L/100km
APPROACH ANGLE 29°
RAMPOVER ANGLE n/a
DEPARTURE ANGLE 27°
WADING DEPTH 700mm
GROUND CLEARANCE 216mm