The iconic pickup truck has been around for decades and it built an unparalleled reputation among these vehicles for impressive reliability, durability and off-road performances. The current generation is no exception. It has been around for about five years. The initial model arrived in 2017 and the first update happened just a couple of years later. Allegedly, we are about to see one more update in this production cycle. In this case, the company won’t focus just on aesthetics, but on other aspects of the vehicle as well. The 2021 Toyota Hilux should come with a lot of changes.
However, we still don’t know the details about this update. Moreover, this is still just a rumor, while the officials are still quiet on this matter. Still, if we can rely on the latest reports, we are about to see some interesting updates, not just in terms of the styling, but under the skin as well.
2021 Toyota Hilux Facelift
First of all, the Toyota Hilux 2021 facelift should be about aesthetics in a quite big portion. The current generation has received one update already, but that refresh was quite mild. In this case, we count on more intense changes, which will keep this model competitive for several more years, until we see a complete overhaul.
Therefore, we count on changes in various areas. Of course, most of them should come to the front end. We could see a new grille design, new bumper and maybe even new headlights. Some reports suggest the new design will go in a direction to resemble the North American Tacoma as much as possible. This makes sense, considering that the Tacoma looks really good.
Other parts of the truck could come with novelties as well. We might see some revisions on the tailgate and taillights, while modifications on the rear bumper seem like a certain thing. Also, we count on typical facelift updates, such as new color options, new wheels and similar things.
In terms of mechanics, things will remain largely the same. Still, we may see some tweaks to the suspension, as well as on the transmission, though the current units already work very well. Some sources suggest we might see a performance version, inspired by Tacoma TRD Pro. This would mean various kinds of mechanical upgrades, as well as a lot of new styling details. However, these are just rumors, so until we hear something from the officials we don’t expect too much.
2021 Toyota Hilux Interior
When it comes to interior design, we probably won’t see that big portion of changes. There are a few reasons to believe in such a scenario. First of all, Toyota usually doesn’t practice bigger interior updates during production cycles. Also, keep in mind that Hilux already features one of the finest cabins in the class. Pickup trucks are primarily utility vehicles, so aesthetics aren’t in the focus. However, the Hilux features a quite car-like cabin, with an attractive dashboard layout and some pretty nice materials.
Also, the list of standard and optional equipment includes all kinds of tech goodies. Still, we might see some updates in this aspect in the 2021 Toyota Hilux interior. For example, we could see a bigger touchscreen and similar things.
2021 Toyota Hilux Engines
The engine department might come with interesting novelties as well. Some reports suggest we might see hybrid version. Moreover, some reports even provide details and suggest a system that is similar to one found in the RAV4 Hybrid, based on a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. However, the officials are still quiet, so take this rumor with a big reserve.
On the other side, the rest of the lineup will remain pretty much the same. The most common is a 2.4-liter turbodiesel, with a max output of 150 horsepower. This is the only choice in Europe and despite it has less power than most rivals, it offers excellent 3.5-ton towing capacity, which is on par or even better than most rivals. In Australia and few more markets, you can also get a bigger 2.8-liter turbodiesel, which delivers 177 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque.
In certain parts of the world, this pickup truck is also available with gasoline engines. There is a familiar 2.7-liter four-cylinder unit, while on some markets you can also get versions with a well-known 4.0-liter V6.
Release Date and Price
When it comes to the Toyota Hilux 2021 release date, we presume that the possible update would mean a little bit earlier arrival than usual. When it comes to the price, we don’t expect significant changes. In the UK, base models go around 23.000 GBP. In Europe, the price starts at 27.000 Euro, roughly. Australian models are available in a chassis cab layout, so the starting price is notably lower and starts already at 21.000 Australian Dollars.