The mid-size Toyota Hilux scores high rankings for its durability and reliability and the model is the best seller in the class in many global markets. The Hilux beats some more refined and sophisticated models like the recently updated Ford Ranger and it is the best-selling vehicle in Australia. The model comes in a diversity of styles and options and Toyota added recently uniquely styled and equipped Rugged, Rogue and Rugged X versions. Most models operate with the smooth and efficient 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine while lower grades offer other diesel and petrol options.
The Hilux has, however, some shortcomings and rival models provide more capable versions and more modern tech like advanced safety systems and Apple Car Play and Android Auto support. The upcoming 2020 Toyota Hilux will address some issues but there won’t be substantial upgrades. The big news for the next lightly updated Hilux is an introduction of the Safety Sense package to all versions. The coming update won’t, however, bring Apple Car Play and Android Auto as the reports suggest and the Raptor-rivaling variant won’t also hit the market for the 2020 model year. The model will also repeat the same trims’ order and continue exploiting the same powertrains. New color options and interior treatments should appear with the updated version.
2020 Toyota Hilux: Design
No signs appeared so far that 2020 Toyota Hilux will bring major styling upgrades for the new model year. Toyota introduced recently trio of new, uniquely styled versions based on the available trim options and for the new model year there will likely be some light visual upgrades.
The model should appear with the lightly refreshed headlights and taillights and new details should also be seen on the grille. There will also be new color options and wheel styles.
The base trims will appear with the black grille and bumpers and 17-inch black-painted wheels. The SR version will provide 18-inch alloy wheels while more chrome pieces will appear in the SR5 trim. The Rugged version will come with unique 17-inch alloy wheels, distinctive grille and elements like the rear step, side rails, recovery points, etc. The Rogue and Rugged X feature also bespoke grille design, unique wheels, and extras such as sports bar, side rails, snorkel, etc.
The changes inside the cabin will also be light with the addition of new material textures and color options. The mode will also receive the upgraded infotainment system but Apple Car Play and Android auto won’t appear yet as the latest reports claim. Toyota intends to upgrade the entire fleet with these features and already installing them in the newest crossovers and SUVs but the updated Hilux will likely gain new features in 2020.
What is important, the 2020 update will bring advanced safety technologies to every Hilux model. All version will rely on forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, active cruise control and traffic sign assist.
2020 Toyota Hilux: Powertrains
Buyers who expected the Raptor-rivaling version of the 2020 Toyota Hilux won’t get it and it’s not clear yet when Toyota will roll out this version.
The next Hilux will again use a 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine in most versions and Toyota hasn’t revealed possible upgrades of this engines. In the current form, this engine provides 174 hp and torque of 420 or 450 Nm depending on what transmission is used either six-speed manual or automatic unit.
Toyota should again offer a 2.7-liter petrol engine in Workmate version where should 2.4-liter four-cylinder units should also be available.
The Hilux will again allow the towing limit of 3, 500 kg and there will also be two- and four-wheel-drive configurations. The recently upgraded models like the VW Amarok, Mitsubishi Triton and Ford Ranger provide more sophisticated and easier to operate 4WD systems and possess also more powerful diesel engines.
2020 Toyota Hilux: Release, Price
Toyota should reveal more detail about the refreshed 2020 Toyota Hilux soon. The model will go on sale this fall and will again be available in the same trim range including Workmate, SR, SR+, SR5, Rugged, Rogue and Rugged X options. The addition of the new equipment and features including active safety tech should lift the price slightly across the range.