Toyota has released a short teaser video confirming the facelifted Hilux will gain extra oomph from its 2,8-litre turbodiesel engine.
The 31-second clip, which was posted on YouTube by Toyota’s division in Europe, shows Toyota Gazoo Racing driver Fernando Alonso sampling a camouflaged version of the refreshed double-cab bakkie.
Overlaid text promises the updated Hilux will be “even more powerful”, confirming an earlier report. As a reminder, the four-cylinder oil-burner currently generates 130 kW, plus 420 N.m in manual guise and 450 N.m in automatic form.
After showing Alonso putting the refreshed Hilux through its paces (between clips of the Spaniard blasting along in the race-spec bakkie built for Dakar), the video ends with the words “coming soon”. While the Japanese firm has yet to confirm a reveal date, rumours out of Thailand suggest the bakkie will be unveiled on 4 June.
Toyota does, however, say the Hilux gains “revised suspension geometry to maintain its reputation for world-class quality, durability and reliability”.
“Hilux is an icon and I’ve always been a fan. It was good to test the new Hilux in a challenging environment and to push it to the limits. The new engine behaves well and the new suspension feels great. Even when you push it, the comfort is still there,” Alonso added after the drive.
In May 2020, low-resolution images seemingly showing the GR Sport version of the facelifted Toyota Hilux emerged online about a month after we had our first unofficial look at the refreshed Japanese bakkie.
In addition to styling and powertrain upgrades, the bakkie is expected to gain minor revisions to its cabin, including an upgraded infotainment system complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Hilux, of course, is produced at Toyota South Africa Motors’ Prospecton plant in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, and holds the title of the country’s best-selling vehicle (and best-selling double-cab). An upgraded version of the bakkie hit the local market in May 2018 in the form of the limited-edition Dakar, before the updated face was rolled out to other derivatives.
Watch the video below…