Tough new styling for Australia’s favourite ute, the Toyota HiLux, has debuted in Thailand where the current-generation model is built.
The update centres on the front styling of the HiLux, ditching the SUV-inspired look of the current car for something much more visually aggressive, following in the stylistic footsteps of competitors like the Ford Ranger and Holden Colorado.
Taking its inspiration for the US-market Toyota Tacoma, the updated HiLux (called the HiLux Revo in Thailand) wears a new deeper, chunkier grille that dips further into a restyled front bumper with more detailed outboard intakes and front fog light housings.
Sheet metal appears unchanged with carried-over parts including the front guards, headlights, and bonnet from the current car.
Workhorse-spec models don’t pick up the new grille treatment, carrying over a version of the pre-update grille and front bumper with new intake inserts, and on some versions a more prominent lower bumper protector.
Also of interest is a new range-topping HiLux Rocco which adds black wheel arch flares (from the limited-edition HiLux TRD package) plus a black-out treatment for the grille, mirrors, side steps, door handles, and 18-inch alloy wheels. At the rear a new sports bar runs from the top of the rear window to the end of the tray.
Toyota Australia has yet to detail its plans for the updated HiLux, but has recently said it would like a version of the HiLux to sit above the SR5 as an attention-grabbing halo model to tackle the Ranger Wildtrack and Colorado Z71, opening the door to the Rocco in Australia - although a change of name seems likely.
Despite the more powerful styling, engines will remain unchanged meaning a 122kW/245Nm 2.7-litre petrol engine for base model utes, rising up to a 110kW/343Nm 2.4-litre turbo diesel or 2.8 litre diesel with 130kW and 420Nm in manual guise or 450Nm when paired with an automatic.
Similarly the interior of the HiLux appears to be little-changed for the update. TMR will bring you more info about the facelifted HiLux and its Australian specification as it becomes available.
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