Toyota has announced updates to its HiLux range, which will be available in Australian showrooms in March. The updates include a new exterior design and the introduction of 48-Volt technology, aimed at improving fuel efficiency.
The exterior design of the HiLux has been updated, with changes primarily to the front-end of the vehicle. This includes a new grille and bumper design, intended to update the appearance of the double-cab auto diesel variants.
The introduction of 48-Volt technology applies to the 4x4 Rogue, automatic SR5 double cabs, and as an optional feature for 4x4 SR double cabs. This technology is reported to enhance the engine smoothness and reduce fuel consumption by approximately 6-10% across different variants, compared to the previous generation of the HiLux.
This configuration is expected to produce 150kW at 3400rpm and 500Nm of torque in the range of 1600-2800rpm.
Toyota claims that the 48V battery, recharged via regenerative braking, can deliver an extra 12kW and 65Nm of power and torque through the motor generator to the engine, purportedly improving acceleration, power, and fuel efficiency.
According to Toyota Australia's Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Franchise Operations, Sean Hanley, the updates aim to offer improvements in fuel efficiency and overall vehicle performance.
The new grille and bumper design feature an interlocking pattern, with specific details such as an octagonal grille and a trapezoidal lower section. The WorkMate variants have been updated with a black honeycomb mesh grille, and some models have received a tailgate damper for added utility. Changes have also been made to the color and finish of the bumpers across different grades.
The 48-Volt system includes a motor generator, a 48-Volt battery, and a DC/DC converter, which supports a stop/start system and is said to enhance driveability and fuel efficiency while aiming to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness.
Models equipped with this technology also include the Multi-Terrain Select feature, enhancing off-road capabilities.
Additional features for SR grades with the optional 48-Volt technology include dual-zone automatic climate control and smart entry and start. Parking assistance has been improved across all SR double-cab automatic pick-up grades, and select models now include a wireless charging pad and rear USB-C ports.
These updates to the Toyota HiLux range represent Toyota's efforts to refresh the vehicle's design and improve its technological offerings, particularly in terms of fuel efficiency and performance.
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