Ever since its launch in 1968, the Toyota Hilux is one of the most popular model in the pickup truck segment. With an additional 4 cab option introduced in the 2017 model, Hilux is preparing ground to take on the Ford Ranger, one on one. Ranger has come up with the all new front grill, refreshed interior and a new 6-speed transmission. These are the reasons why will new 2018 Toyota Hilux arrive with variety of improve too.
Time will tell whether the new Hilux can give it a stiff competition with a smarter nose mod and the revved up 2.8 liter engine. The 2016 sales figure shows that Hilux wins over Ford Ranger by a short margin. Closest in competition are the Mitsubishi Triton and Holden Colorado, while Volkswagen Amarok and Mazda BT50 lags further behind.
2018 Toyota Hilux – Engine Spec
The present Hilux came with a new 2.8 liters four cylinder turbodiesel engine. With its 174 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque it has changed the rules in the compact truck segment. Toyota has introduced an 80 liters fuel tank and also offered a 20% tougher and 30% larger body as compared to its previous model. The 2018 Toyota Hilux is set to carry forward the same along with a new facelift that has been incorporated since the 7th Gen model.
The auto giant has raised the engine capacity of the new Toyota Hilux 2018 with a 3-liter diesel engine and an improved suspension. With this powertrain the truck is capable of handling cargo more than 6500 pounds.
A high strength metallic body coupled with a redesigned bumper is supposedly more comfortable and capable of carrying higher loads. Potential buyers will now have four options for the new Hilux:
- 2.8 liter Diesel engine producing a 174 HP and 331 lb-ft of torque.
- 2.4 liter Diesel engine producing a 160 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque.
- 2.4 liter 4-cylinder Petrol engine producing 164 horsepower.
- 4 liter V8 Petrol engine producing 278 horsepower.
More comfortable lather cushion seats and advanced climate control are designed to offer driving pleasure. The Active Traction control in the new Hilux helps the vehicle move through rougher terrains with ease. Off course, the Ranger has already mastered itself there, but even the ‘plastic feeling’ Hilux is now a comfortable ride even on broken roads with no loads.
2018 Toyota Hilux is ‘unbreakable’ (says Toyota) and extremely tough, but falls short on that extra power when compared with the Mitsubishi or Mazda BT50 or Ford Ranger XLT. Considering its price, however, it’s a perfect deal as compared to its costly competitors.
Ford’s Ranger has managed to catch up with a 3.2-liter turbocharged engine and unlike its Mazda twin (the BT-50), produces a 346 lb-ft of torque. Like the Hilux, Ranger has also improved its visual self with new grilles and interiors with a new infotainment communication system for better driving experience.
2018 Toyota Hilux – Price and Release Date
The 2018 Toyota Hilux will have lesser fuel consumption and produce fewer pollutants. Buyers will have RWD/AWD options. Expected to release by mid-2017, the all new Hilux will punch a hole to the tune of $22,000 for the base model and up to $60,000 for the top end.