A fresh report out of the United States suggests the Toyota Hilux will receive another facelift in the “near future” ahead of the arrival of the next-generation model in 2023.
According to a source cited by Motor1.com, both the Hilux bakkie and Fortuner SUV are due a refresh soon, with the ninth-generation of the former and the third-generation of the latter each scheduled to arrive in 2023.
Both the Hilux and the Fortuner are produced at Toyota South Africa Motors’ Prospecton plant in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
Interestingly, the source did not “exclude the possibility" of a “unified Hilux and Tacoma model” in future, although Motor1.com added the insider remained “cautious” on this count. Of course, a April 2019 report claimed Toyota would employ a single common platform to underpin its next-generation Tundra and Tacoma pick-ups, with the architecture eventually set to be rolled out to the Hilux, too.
A report from January 2020 (accompanied by spy photographs), meanwhile, suggested the Fortuner’s upcoming facelift would see the bakkie-based SUV adopt a RAV4-inspired front end as well as “small changes” to the black plastic cladding affixed to its flanks.
The refreshed Hilux hit the market in South Africa in May 2018 in the form of the limited-edition Dakar, before the updated face was rolled out to other derivatives. The current-generation Fortuner was revealed in 2015 before debuting in South Africa at the end of the first quarter of 2016.
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