The first major update of the eighth-generation Toyota Hilux has arrived in the UK for the 2021 model year, bringing with it sharper styling, more generous equipment, dynamic enhancements and the option of a more powerful 2.8-litre engine. With these measures, the model strengthens its appeal and maintains its reputation as one of the most competitive and capable workhorses in its segment.
The DOHC 16-valve 2,755cc turbo diesel unit (codenamed 1GD-FTV) generates 201bhp at 3,400rpm. Maximum torque varies depending on transmission, with the six-speed automatic offering a gutsy 500Nm between 1,600 and 2,800rpm. The manual transmission offers 420Nm of torque but in a broader 1,400 to 3,400rpm range.
Own the adventure
The new Toyota Hilux. Invincible by name, invincible by nature. A legend for its confidence and off-road ability, overcoming every obstacle since 1968. Now greater than ever, the Hilux’s frontal design has taken a completely new look. With a more three-dimensional grille and bumper to increase its road presence and reinforce the vehicles robust, all-terrain credentials. The top-of-the-range Invincible X comes with additional body styling and protection elements, such as new LED headlights and rear light clusters, plus 18-inch alloy wheels.
On the inside, you’re greeted by an upgraded, high-quality interior and driver-focused cabin, featuring a new-design instrument combi meter.
The main interior technologies to enjoy are the eight-inch touchscreen multimedia system, with seamless smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus DAB reception. All Hilux models feature Bluetooth and a USB port, whilst the Hilux Invincible X variant provides satellite navigation and a new nine-speaker JBL premium sound system for impeccable quality.
In terms of safety functions, you have Toyota Safety Sense with a Pre-Collision system, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert and Road Sign Assist.
With the improving changes to the rear suspension, power steering and shock absorbers, driving the new Hilux offers a more refined and comfortable experience.
The durable rear leaf spring arrangement now features a helper spring, a six per cent increase in the length of the main leaf and reduced spring constant (stretch). Meanwhile, the bushes have been re-optimised to suit the new set-up, with the shackle bush now featuring a self-lubricating rubber composition to reduce friction. The result is smoother, SUV-like ride comfort over uneven road surfaces, greater stability yet no compromises in suspension articulation.
New variable flow control power steering offers speed-related assistance and helps fuel economy by entering a stand-by mode that reduces pump torque when it senses that the Hilux is being driven straight ahead and with no steering angle.
The off-road credentials of Hilux have been enhanced with the addition of a new automatic electronic control that replicates the effect of a mechanical limited-slip differential. This works to deliver enhanced traction and acceleration on low-grip surfaces in H2 (rear-wheel drive) mode. When the system is activated and a loss of grip is detected, it brakes the slipping wheel in order to divert drive torque to the wheel that has traction.
This new feature is in addition to Active Traction Control, which operates when the Hilux is in L4 (all-wheel drive) mode. Hill Start Assist is also provided to help negotiate uphill slopes, and Downhill Assist Control is fitted on Icon grade models and above.
Supporting the vehicle’s impressive off-road capabilities include a class-leading 310mm of ground clearance (Double Cab models), approach and departure angles of 29 and 26 degrees respectively, and the ability to wade through water up to 700mm deep.
The new 2021 Toyota Hilux continues to be available with the existing 2.4-litre turbo diesel unit, which itself has been upgraded with a new stop-start system (except entry-level Active grade). The new 2.8-litre engine is available with a choice of automatic or manual transmissions. It powers the top-of-the-range Invincible X Double Cab model (pictured) and can be specified in the Invincible Double Cab model.
Presented by Snows’ own, Scott Callahan, we’re showing you exactly what the New Toyota Hilux does best! Experience what this incredibly capable model can do when tackling the toughest of terrains.
Contact your local Snows Toyota dealership now for more information or to book your test drive.