The 2021 Toyota Hilux is now better, tougher, and stronger than ever. And with the possible addition of a high-performance GR Hilux variant, Toyota’s best selling bakkie is determined to run circles around the Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara and Volkswagen’s Amarok.
The 2021 Toyota Hilux further cements its image of invincibility and indestructibility with a daring new face. It has a more powerful three-dimensional grille and a chunkier front bumper. Toyota installed new front and rear LED light clusters for a dose of modernity while new 18-inch dark-finished alloy wheels give the Hilux a meaner and more purposeful stance.
Along with the styling upgrade comes a new and upgraded motor with more power, more torque, and better fuel economy. The 2021 Hilux is powered by an updated 2.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel mill. The engine is paired with either a six-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.
According to Toyota, the new diesel has a lower idling speed (down to 680 rpm from the previous 780 rpm) to save fuel. In other markets, the new Hilux is also offered with a smaller 2.4-liter diesel with less power than the new motor. Buyers get to choose from standard RWD or an all-wheel drivetrain.
Our biggest caveat with the previous Hilux is the stiff and fidgety ride quality. Apparently, Toyota heard our complaints. The 2021 Hilux is now equipped with long-travel shock absorbers and updated leaf springs for a more civilized and comfier ride. We haven’t driven it yet, but we’re itching to find out if the new suspension is worthy of praise.
Minor interior updates include a revised 8-inch infotainment touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay. Given current models gracing our showrooms, we expect models to be available in Extra Cab and Double Cab variants with leather seats, door trim illumination, and metallic black chrome interior accents.Upper trim models receive Toyota Safety Sense including lane departure warning, dynamic radar cruise control, and pre-collision assist.
The 2021 Toyota Hilux will go on sale in Europe by July and October. Asian markets can expect the new Hilux to arrive in Toyota showrooms later this month. Local availability and model specifications is yet to be announced.
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