The eighth generation of the Toyota Hilux has been officially unveiled, over the web for the moment, and the first details on it have been released too.

Toyota’s legendary Hilux pickup truck has just received a new generation, the 8th one, in the shape of the 2016 model year, which is now coming with a slightly lower roofline, with LED headlights, daytime running lights, pronounced fender flares, more prominent character lines, a redesigned rear bumper, a deeper front bumper, a new look for the tailgate which is now incorporating the standard rearview camera, the 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, depending on the selected trim level and much more.

If you thought that the interior design of the 2016 Toyota Hilux has been slightly updated, you will be in for a big surprise because the company has adopted a car-like look for the cabin. The automaker didn’t forgot the utility and comfort of an SUV and the most noticeable change is the new touch screen display for the infotainment system, which is similar to a tablet, the LCD screen fitted between the speedometer and the tachometer, the 4WD changeover switch, leather upholstery and others.

We couldn’t just leave the engine lineup outside the equation as the new generation of the popular pickup truck is being offered with a number of different units, depending on the market. There is a 2.4 liter turbodiesel unit, with 160 HP (119 kW) & 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque and a 2.8 liter turbodiesel, producing 177 HP (132 kW) & 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. The petrol lineup includes the 2.7 liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated with 164 HP (122 kW) and the larger 4.0 liter six-cylinder rated at 278 HP (207 kW). Transmission options include the 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic and the towing capacity stands at 3,500 kg, with a payload of up to 1,240 kg. No pricing details have been announced at this time.


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