First time presented back in 1968, Toyota Hilux is a pickup with a great tradition. Fifty years later it is still one of the most popular compact truck worldwide. Its eight generation was presented in May 2015 and till now it has already suffered some minor upgrades. For the next year, Toyota is preparing some additional improvements for its truck. New 2019 Hilux will arrive with a refreshed front end. It will receive new fog lights with C-shaped chrome pieces. The front bumper will be redesigned. Also, the front hexagonal grille will be borrowed from the US twin, Tacoma.
Aside from these changes, the new 2019 Toyota Hilux will add another trim called ‘Rocco’. This trim will be available only in double-cab configuration. All chrome accents will be removed and replaced with black details. The 18-inch wheels with off-road tires will come as standard, while RWD or AWD will be optional. Interior will also receive black-metallic tweaks to match the exterior. This new trim is predicted to become the biggest rival to the new Ford Ranger Wildtrack.
2019 Toyota Hilux – Engine Options and MPG
Hilux is a compact truck which offers a wide range of powertrains. The entry point is a petrol 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine combined with a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. It delivers 122 kW and 225 Nm of torque on the rear axle only. The fuel consumption of this mill is 11.1-liter/100 km with the manual and 10.9-liter/100 km for the auto gearbox on average.
Probably the most popular engine is a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder turbodiesel. It can be paired with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Depending on the gearbox, this drivetrain delivers 110 kW (150 horsepower) and 400 Nm for the auto and 343 Nm for the manual. Its fuel consumption varies from 7.1-liter/100 km to 8.5-liter/100 km.
The stronger turbodiesel, and the only offered with ‘Rocco’ trim is a 2.8-liter engine. It comes with the same transmission as the smaller diesel mill. Its outputs are 130 kW (177 hp) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) or 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. The fuel consumption goes from 7.3-liter/100 km to 9.2-liter/100 km.
2019 Toyota Hilux – Design and Interior Features
As mentioned earlier, the new 2019 Toyota Hilux will arrive upgraded. The changed front side with the new grill, combined with the day LED headlights will draw attention. Also, the new off-road trim, built on the SR5 platform, ‘Rocco’ will attract new customers. Interior will stay unchanged. For more comfort, SR5 and SR5+ trims with dual cab are the best solutions. All trims can offer leather seats with heaters and lumbar support for some extra money. Also, a touchscreen with multimedia infotainment system will be standard for all models. Features like dual-zone climate control, smart key and push-button start could be found with SR5 trim.
The new 2019 Toyota Hilux will retain maximum five-star on the crash test for sure. It will offer all safety features as its predecessor with some additional features. The autonomous emergency braking features with pedestrian detection tested with a new Landcruiser will probably be implemented in the new truck too. Except that, standard features like seven airbags, electronic stability control and the reverse camera will come with all the models.
2019 Toyota Hilux – Price and Release
The Hilux pickup, with the upgraded front look and new off-road trim will be available this year. The price range will be very wide as before. Its starting price will be $21,000, which will be the price of the WorkMate trim with the petrol engine. The most expensive trim will be SR5+ with 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine and automatic transmission. Its price will be around $58,500.