UPDATE: The new HiLux has now been revealed. Read here.
Toyota’s new HiLux has escaped once again: last week it was a low-quality brochure image, this week it's a trio of revealing new spy photos.
These latest shots, published on the ‘Ferd’ Facebook page and again featuring the dual-cab body, follow a pair of sneaky photos snapped inside a Toyota facility.
This new leak also offers a first clear look at the new HiLux's cabin, revealing a Kluger-inspired two-tier dash design with a large tablet-like centre display, above conventional HVAC and drive controls.
The HVAC dials and hard-wearing steering rim material suggest we're looking at an entry-end model, making the large screen either an optional extra or a welcome upmarket addition to the new model's standard equipment.
On the outside, the new HiLux wears a broad new face that again builds on the look of Toyota’s latest Kluger.
Large headlights dominate the front, flanking a wide trapezoidal grille and sweeping up into the front quarter panels.
Heavily flared box-style wheel arches stand out as the key styling element of the new model’s profile, evoking images of the larger Tundra truck.
Other leaked data, detailed for the Thai market, suggests the new HiLux will be offered with a pair of 2.4 and 2.8 litre turbodiesel engines and a 2.7 litre petrol unit.
Five- and six-speed manual transmissions are also listed with the 2016 model, along with a six-speed auto to replace the current model’s five-speed unit.
The 2.4 unit lists power and torque at 125kW and 400Nm with the six-speed auto, while a five-speed manual option drops torque to 343Nm.
The 2.8 litre lists 132kW/450Nm in six-speed auto form, with torque dropping to 420Nm with the six-speed manual.
The 2.7 litre is listed with 166kW, although transmission options are not specified.
In its current form, the HiLux is powered by a pair of 2.7 four-cylinder and 4.0 litre V6 petrol engines, along with a 3.0 litre turbodiesel.
A late 2015 debut for the new HiLux is expected, meaning that the current model will reach its 10th birthday before it’s replaced.
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