2021 Toyota Hilux Facelift: Rumors and Expectations

At this point, the current generation of the legendary pickup truck is somewhere in the middle of its production cycle. The current generation has been around since 2015 but one of the most interesting things about it is that a facelift happened just a couple of years later. That’s one of the reasons why many believe the Japanese manufacture could go for another facelift before a complete overhaul. If we consider that the current generation will definitely remain in production for several more years, the 2021 Toyota Hilux facelift makes perfect sense, especially if consider that the competition is getting pretty tough these days.

Of course, there are several things that come to our minds when it comes to this facelift. Naturally, the focus will probably be on aesthetics, where we could see some modifications at the front end, as well as on other parts of the vehicle. Interior updates are possible as well.

2021 Toyota Hilux facelift Spy Shot

2021 Toyota Hilux Facelift

Without any doubt, the 2021 Toyota Hilux facelift would bring mostly visual changes. Tweaks to the front end are some of the first things that come to mind, so we wouldn’t be surprised with things like new grille, headlights etc. On the other side, we don’t expect to see that significant changes on the other end of the vehicle, though smaller modifications are possible. Naturally, new color options, wheels and similar things are always welcome.

When it comes to mechanics, some modifications are possible as well. This particularly refers to the chassis and suspension setup. For example, the current Hilux still rides on leaf springs and uses drum brakes on the rear axle. That’s the most reliable solution for sure, but many rivals have switched to some more modern design solutions, which provide a better driving experience. In our opinion, this won’t happen before a complete overhaul. Simply, the current model still features by far the best handling in the class, so a couple of archaic design solutions on the rear axle definitely isn’t something that bothers too many truck drivers.


When it comes to interior design, we don’t expect to see too many novelties. Simply, the current cabin already looks pretty nice. It is pretty car-like and also features excellent overall quality. Moreover, the list of standard equipment is also pretty decent, though we might see a couple of additions for the next year, especially in terms of tech goodies, including an updated infotainment system. Other than that, most of the things will remain pretty much the same.

2021 Toyota Hilux facelift interior

2021 Toyota Hilux Engines

On the other side, we are pretty sure that the engine lineup won’t change. For most markets, a smaller 2.4-liter turbodiesel will remain the main choice. This unit is good for about 150 horsepower and ensures pretty decent performances while keeping fuel economy at a pretty high level.

In Australia and a few more markets, there is also a bigger 2.8-liter unit, which is good for about 177 horsepower and delivers better driving dynamics and slightly better overall capabilities.

Finally, an older-generation 3.0-liter turbodiesel can be found in some markets as well. It delivers around 165 horsepower. Two gasoline engines are also available on certain markets, both four-cylinder 2.7-liter unit and a large 4.0-liter V6.

2021 Toyota Hilux facelift

2021 Toyota Hilux Release Date and Price

At this point, the 2021 Toyota Hilux facelift is just a rumor. If this happens, we presume the release date would be scheduled for a little bit earlier date. Otherwise, the pickup would arrive in a typical time of year, sometime late in the year. When it comes to the price, we don’t expect bigger changes. Therefore, UK models should feature a starting price of 23.000 pounds, while the price for the EU market goes around 27.000 dollars. On the other side, Australian models are also available in chassis cab versions. So, the price starts at pretty affordable 21.000 AUD.

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