The model year of the legendary pickup truck is here and despite that many reports were suggesting updates, even the 2020 Toyota Hilux Facelift, things actually have remained the same. The iconic workhorse continues in the same way and definitely isn’t a handicap. Moreover, the Hilux is as good as ever. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind with this truck is that ultimate go-anywhere reputation, which accentuates the model character, which is all about durability, reliability and off-road performances.
Still, the Hilux has much more to offer, starting from a pretty fine looking interior and a decent amount of standard equipment. Add to this a quite decent fuel economy and solid towing capacity and you don’t have to search anymore for the answer on the question of why Hilux is the most popular compact pickup truck in the world.
2020 Toyota Hilux Facelift and Competition
One of the reasons why many expected to see another facelift of this legend is the fact that the competition is getting tougher these days. Besides familiar rivals like Ford Ranger, VW Amarok, Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi L200, there are also some fresh names, such as Renault Alaskan. However, this truck manages to keep a leading position on the market. Moreover, the sales are constantly growing, so there is no need for a rush and 2020 Toyota Hilux Facelift doesn’t make too much sense at the moment. Therefore, we are pretty sure that the current model will remain in the same form for a couple more years.
2020 Toyota Hilux Facelift And Specs
The 2020 Toyota Hilux Facelift didn’t happen and even if it did, we wouldn’t expect to see any particular change under the hood. This model comes with different engines in the offer, depending on the market. In Europe, a smaller and more efficient 2.4-liter turbodiesel is the workhorse. This is a quite efficient engine, which delivers around 150 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. These aren’t the highest ratings in the class, but even with this engine Hilux can tow more than many rivals. The max towing capacity goes over 3.5 tons or 7.700 pounds.
In some other parts of the world, such as Australia, this excellent machine is also available with the bigger 2.8-liter unit, which is good for about 177 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. This engine offers amazing refinement, definitely one of the best engines in the class. Still, that doesn’t mean it lacks any kind of durability and reliability. Moreover, this is one of the most reliable engines in the class.
In certain parts of the world, you can also get a gasoline version, even with the large 4.0-liter V6, though a smaller 2.7-liter unit is a more common choice.
The thing we particularly like about this truck is its cabin, which looks better compared to most rivals. We particularly like the dashboard, which is quite car-like in some portion. Materials are quite fine, drivers will definitely enjoy the attractive instrument cluster design. When it comes to tech features, base models come with a smaller 6.1-inch touchscreen, while higher trims are equipped with a bigger 7-inch unit. That is still an older-generation infotainment system, not the one you can find in the recently updated Tacoma, which also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Two Off-Road Versions
All Hilux models are highly capable in terms of off-roading, but there are two models that are particularly great. Of course, we are talking about the Rugged and Rugged X models. The Rugged comes with various mechanical upgrades, as well as things like skid plates, roll bars, off-road tires and more. Also, it comes with various styling upgrades that accentuate its off-road character.
There is also a luxury-oriented trim level called Rogue, which is available on certain markets.
2020 Toyota Hilux Facelift Pricing
Considering that we didn’t see the 2020 Toyota Hilux Facelift or any particular change, it’s no wonder that the price remains the same for this year. Of course, it can vary depending on the market. For example, Australian models go in the range between 21.000 and 65.500 dollars. On the other side, UK models start at around 23.000 GBP. Key competitors are models like Nissan Navara, VW Amarok, Isuzu D-Max, Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi L200 etc.