Toyota Hilux revamped

  • Revised engine range
  • More power; emissions unchanged
  • To compete with VW's Amarok
The revised Toyota Hilux
The revised Toyota Hilux
Details of the revised Toyota Hilux pick-up truck have been revealed, as it prepares to compete with Volkswagen's brand-new Amarok.

More power, but no more polluting
The Hilux's 2.5-litre D-4D diesel engine has been retuned to deliver more power and torque. A bigger turbocharger and more advanced fuel injectors mean that it now offers 142bhp (up from 118bhp) accompanied by 253lb/ft of torque.

The Toyota's extra power cuts the Hilux's 0-62mph time to 12.5 seconds (down from 14.0 seconds), while CO2 emissions are unchanged at 219g/km.

A more powerful 166bhp 3.0-litre D-4D version is also available, but in range-topping 'Invincible' trim only. As before, the Hilux can be bought in 'single cab', 'extra cab' or 'double cab' configuration, with top-spec versions getting plenty of kit to appeal to drivers looking to cross over from owning a car or a 4x4.

Prices for the Hilux start at £15,145 (exclusive of VAT) for the entry-level 2.5 HL2 single cab and increase to £20,545 for the 3.0 Invincible double cab automatic.

Volkswagen Amarok enters the truck market
Next year's Volkswagen Amarok's launch will be the pick-up segment's first new entrant for several years.

The Argentina-built Amarok will offer buyers the choice of two 2.0-litre TDI diesel engines, producing 118bhp or 158bhp; both promise to offer class-leading CO2 emissions of less than 200g/km.

Prices and final specifications will be confirmed closer to its UK launch in September.

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