Toyota teases updated Hilux in official video

Andrew Cummings
June 2, 2020

During last year's training in Spain for the 2020 Dakar Rally in which they scored a 13th place finish on their first attempt, Fernando Alonso and five-time Dakar Rally motorcycle class victor Marc Coma tested an early prototype of the forthcoming Hilux facelift, which Toyota says will feature the aforementioned new 2.8 litre turbodiesel engine and new suspension geometry.

After showing Alonso putting the refreshed Hilux through its paces (between clips of the Spaniard blasting along in the race-spec bakkie built for Dakar), the video ends with the words "coming soon".

2020 Toyota Hilux prototype with Fernando Alonso
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The headline change is the addition of a new 2.8-litre diesel engine that is likely to produce more power and be more economical than the existing four-cylinder unit already offered in the Land Cruiser in the United Kingdom and in the Hilux elsewhere.

"When I first saw the New Hilux, it looked spectacular", Alonso said. The new 2.8-litre engine behaves really well and the new suspension feels great. "It was good to test the new Hilux in a challenging environment and to push it to the limits".

This is a leaked image of the refreshed Hilux and it might actually be quite close to the real thing.

As CarAdvice has reported earlier, the 2.8-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder is expected to get a modest power bump from its current peak output of 130kW and 450Nm. "Even when you push it, the comfort is still there". These will also get bi-LED headlights, as well as revised designs for the grille, front bumper, side steps, tail lamps and rear bumper.

The main body, cabin and tray will likely carry over, with very slight design changes like the inclusion of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard.

The Toyota Hilux pick-up truck and Fortuner SUV facelifts are set for their simultaneous debuts this week on June 4, reports Headlight Magazine.

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