One of the newest trends in the truck market in North America is the arrival of the new diesel version. Among full-size models, this is already a common thing, while mid-size models are going in the same direction. Chevy Colorado offers such versions for years, while Ranger and Gladiator are about to arrive with such engines in the near future. When it comes to Tacoma, that won’t happen. However, this doesn’t mean we couldn’t see a diesel truck from Toyota, as the latest rumors are suggesting 2021 Toyota Hilux USA. The legendary pickup truck might arrive in North America already for the next year.
2021 Toyota Hilux USA Engine
The reason why the rumors about the 2021 Toyota Hilux USA have appeared is the fact that Tacoma won’t come in such a version, at least not before the redesign, which is expected to happen in the next couple of years. Allegedly, the Japanese manufacturer would make some kind of a bypass and be competitive on the market. Therefore, the 2021 Toyota Hilux USA will come in a diesel version only.
In this aspect, there is no place for surprises. If this version is about to arrive in North America, it would come with a familiar 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine, which powers the Australian version and delivers around 177 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes in pair with either manual or automatic transmission, though we presume that the 2021 Toyota Hilux USA would exclusively come with an automatic gearbox. With such amount of power, the Hilux can easily deliver more than respectable performances, especially in terms of towing capacity, where we expect numbers that are on par with class leaders. The Australian Hilux can tow 3.5-tons, which is around 7.700 pounds, which is on par with the class-leader Chevy Colorado Diesel.
2021 Toyota Hilux USA Design
As we already mentioned, this would be some kind of a bypass model, which would be offered in North America until we see the next-generation Tacoma, which is expected to come with a hybrid powertrain. Therefore, the 2021 Toyota Hilux USA shouldn’t feature too many modifications compared to the international version. Of course, a couple of tweaks are always possible, but the overall design will remain largely the same. This includes both mechanics and aesthetics.
When it comes to aesthetics, the Toyota Hilux USA will come with a familiar appearance. We count on the same look that characterized this generation for almost five years. Still, keep in mind that Hilux already received a facelift, so it would be hard to expect another one, especially not for a model that will appear for just a couple of years. Still, tweaks in terms of the slightly revised front face, wheels, new colors and similar things.
When it comes to interior design, we don’t expect to see any particular change. The current model already features a pretty nice, car-like cabin. The dashboard looks very attractive and it is full of quality materials. On the other side, the thing that could be considered as a drawback is the cabin size, which is smaller compared to U.S. mid-size truck. Still, that shouldn’t be an issue for truck drivers who are primarily looking for a working machine. Therefore, we expect that the 2021 Toyota Hilux USA will be offered both in single and double cab variants.
2021 Toyota Hilux USA Release Date and Price
The 2021 Toyota Hilux USA is still just a rumor, but various reports suggest the new model might arrive already by the end of the year. We presume that base models would go between 25.000 and 30.000 dollars.