Toyota South Africa Motors says the facelifted Hilux is “still some months away” from a local introduction.

The updated Hilux was officially revealed in Thailand, with the popular bakkie sporting a fresh look and more grunt from its 2,8-litre turbodiesel heart. Other upgrades include a revised suspension setup and the adoption of a larger touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.

The Japanese firm’s local arm told CARmag.co.za the popular bakkie’s lifecycle in SA was different to that of other markets.

“IMV [the platform than underpins the Hilux and Fortuner] timing differs between distributors and our local South African lifecycle is different to other markets such as Australia and Thailand,” Toyota SA said.

“The locally developed Legend 50 package served as a lifecycle refresh action and thus introduction of the new model is still some months away,” the company added.

The Hilux for our market is, of course, produced at Toyota’s Prospecton plant in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. 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. The aforementioned Legend 50 variants followed in June 2019.