The eighth generation of the very successful Hilux pickup truck arrived on the market not long ago, in 2015, but it seems the Japanese automaker loves the South East Asian market of Thailand so much it’s ready to present the facelifted version there before anywhere else.
It’s logical to treat them this way, since even Japanese market models come from the Thailand factory. Interestingly, the Hilux is mostly gunning for the looks of its American brother – the Tacoma, with most of the changes occurring at the front bringing the two closer. The popular workhorse now gains a hexagonal grille in the same vein as the US-model Tacoma, while the fog lights have been redesigned along with the bumper for 2018. Another interesting addition is the introduction of a more adventurous “Rocco” trim level that can only be ordered with the double cab model, though the rugged model does come in combination with both 4×2 and all-wheel drive.
The Rocco arrives with black accents, body graphics, and 18-inch wheels shod in all-terrain tires, and Toyota also equips it with a sports bar and model-exclusive bed lining, along with black metallic trim on the inside. Meanwhile, the mechanical bits have stayed the same – turbodiesel 2.4-liter engine with 150 horsepower and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque or 253 lb-ft (343 Nm), 2.8-liter diesel with 177 hp and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) or 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) and a lonely 2.7-liter gasoline unit good for a meager 166 hp and 181 lb-ft (245 Nm).