Facelifted Toyota Hilux pickup: prices, specs and release date
Updated Toyota Hilux pickup truck will arrive in late 2020
- Hilux range gets refreshed styling
- New engine means it’ll be one of the quickest pickups
- Four-wheel drive as standard
First prices for the facelifted Toyota Hilux have been released, with the well-equipped Invincible model set to start at £29,158, or £34,925 including VAT. The range-topping Invincible X starts from £38,795 on the road. A punchy new 2.8-litre diesel will be available when the refreshed Hilux goes on sale in November.
New 2020 Toyota Hilux prices and specifications
Toyota has yet to release a full list of prices but the updated Hilux range will start with the Active model, which now gets the Toyota Safety Sense pack featuring adaptive cruise control, lane-departure alert and traffic sign recognition. Icon brings an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with smartphone mirroring, plus other features including a reversing camera, power-folding door mirrors and alloy wheels.
Invincible trucks feature a new alloy wheel design, LED lights all round, heated seats and front and rear parking sensors. The Invincible X trim is new for this year, with model-specific styling touches, two-tone leather upholstery, sat nav and a premium sound system. Prices for the complete range will be announced closer to the car’s release date.
Engines and performance
At a time when many cars are getting smaller engines, the Toyota Hilux gets a new 2.8-litre engine that will be sold alongside the current car’s 2.4-litre engine. The bigger engine offers 201bhp and plenty of pulling power - Toyota says 0-62mph takes 10 seconds. That’ll make it one of the fastest pickups on sale, and as fast as the range-topping Ford Ranger Raptor. Upgrading to the 2.8-litre engine costs around £500 on Invincible models, and is standard on the new Invincible X spec.
We’re told the 2.8-litre Hilux will manage up to 36.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 204g/km, but these figures are calculated using the outdated NEDC test. When Toyota publishes new WLTP figures, we expect a lower quoted fuel economy figure and higher carbon dioxide emissions. All pickups are charged at a flat rate, so the lofty CO2 emissions won’t affect tax costs.
The new engine will be sold with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive will come as standard.
Chassis and driving
The Hilux has always been a capable off-roader, and Toyota has lowered the engine idle speed and tweaked the accelerator response to make it even more usable. There’s a new tyre angle monitor and updates to the stability control system, while the power steering and suspension have also been fettled for a smoother ride on-road.
The Toyota Hilux gets a host of small styling changes for 2020, including redesigned bumpers and grilles, LED head and tail-lights and the option of new 18-inch alloy wheels. The paint colour shown here, Titan Bronze metallic, will be offered for the first time too. As you’d expect from a pickup, you can choose from a range of hard tops and lockable tonneau covers.
Inside, there’s a new eight-inch multimedia touchscreen and a fresh design for the instrument cluster. The touchscreen is quicker to respond than before, and will now support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.