Since its launch back in 1968, the ‘indestructible’ Toyota Hilux has proved its invincibility time and again, having conquered the North Pole, Icelandic volcanoes, the Antarctic and a win in the 2019 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.
And now the Hilux’s 1 tonne payload and 3.5 tonne towing capability has now been expanded to all 4-wheel drive body types (Single Cab and Double Cab).
The range-topping ‘Invincible’ grade offers customers bespoke styling and premium levels of equipment, without sacrificing any of the toughness, robustness and legendary Quality, Durability and Reliability (QDR) that have made Hilux the world’s toughest icon.
New 2.8 Litre Diesel Powertrain
The new, Euro 6d-compliant, DOHC, 16 valve, 2755 cc diesel engine generates 150 kW/ 204 DIN hp at 3400 rpm and, with automatic transmission, 500 Nm of torque between 1600 and 2800 rpm. Maximum torque for manual transmission versions is 420 Nm between 1400 and 3400 rpm.
Numerous features combine to maximise both power output and fuel efficiency – the shape of the cylinder block and the water jacket, the structure of the surface-coated cylinder head gasket, the exhaust manifold and gasket materials, and the cooling fan and fan coupling have all been optimised. In combination with this and other measures, including a newly developed heavy-duty turbocharger, these changes enable the new Hilux to achieve both high output and enhanced fuel economy.
Finally, enhancing Noise and Vibration (NV) performance, the shape of the EGR section of the intake manifold and the catalytic converter insulator have both been optimised, improving the quietness of the engine.
The engineering goal for the new Hilux was to maintain its legendary off-road capabilities whilst improving its on road comfort. The comfort and driveability of the new Hilux has been enhanced through improvements to the suspension, and power steering systems. The suspension which benefits from front and rear shock absorber tuning, offering both enhanced ride comfort and superior steering response.
The tough, durable leaf spring and twin shock absorber rear suspension system has been revised to combine the off-road articulation capabilities expected of a rugged 4-wheel drive workhorse with SUV-like ride comfort and handling stability.
The 4×4 Hilux’s already peerless off-road credentials have been further enhanced by the addition of a new electronic function (that can be activated in 2WD mode) replicating the effect of a mechanical limited-slip differential for improved traction on low grip surfaces in 2-wheel drive mode (available on 4WD models only); the lowering of engine speed at idle from 850 to 680 rpm and a tuned accelerator response for greater driver control; an updated VSC system; dedicated Variable Flow Control (VFC) map for appropriate steering effort, and a new tyre angle monitor.
Further reinforcing its go-anywhere credentials, the Hilux boasts class-leading minimum running ground clearance of 310 mm on Double-cabs, all-important approach and departure angles of 29 and 26 degrees respectively, and the ability to wade to a depth of 700 mm.
Design and on-board technology
For even more attitude, New Hilux showcases a bold new look. The face of the Hilux has been completely redesigned with a new bold and powerful three-dimensional grille and front bumper treatment, conveying a muscular stance and a sense of power and distinctiveness.
This striking new exterior styling is further enhanced by the availability of newly-designed front and rear LED light clusters, a new machine finish and black 18″ alloy wheel design and the addition of two new exterior metallic colours – Orange Spice and Oxide Bronze.
Inside the cabin, durable materials and striking finishes along with a new 8” tablet-style touchscreen, standard from SR5 grade, offers a new level of refinement that’s designed to make life easier. The enhanced multimedia system features faster software and screen response, and incorporates both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ for smartphone integration.
An extensive equipment list includes smart entry and push-button start, satellite navigation, automatic air-conditioning, and front and rear parking sensors.
Top of new 2021 Hilux range and available in the Double Cab variant, the Invincible grade is tailored for those who want all the convenience and diverse capabilities of a pick-up combined with more adventurous and sophisticated styling and the highest levels of equipment specification.
The exterior design of Invincible grade features a more rugged and sophisticated styling which provides a clear differentiation from the DLX and SR5 grades that complete the Hilux range line-up.
Invincible-exclusive exterior styling details reinforce the tough, adventurous image of the vehicle. They include front and rear over fenders, door mirrors and handles, black tinting on machine-cut alloy wheels and bespoke tailgate.
On board, the Invincible builds on the high grade specification with an exclusive driver’s combimeter, black metallic and black chrome trim accents, ‘clear blue’ front and rear door trim illumination, perforated leather seats, and even a grade-exclusive smart entry key.
Price & Test Drives
Price starts from €24,258 ex VAT, and from €473 per month. For 211 there is a low APR of 3.9% on hire purchase and the new Hilux will be available for test drive in January 2021. For more information, customers are encouraged to contact their local Toyota dealer.