Toyota announced its plans to incorporate 48-Volt Technology into selected HiLux models, which are set to arrive in the first half of 2024. This upgrade promises to provide approximately a 10 percent improvement in fuel economy compared to the existing 2.8-litre turbo diesel variants.
The 48-Volt Technology will be paired with the 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The system will include an extra 48-Volt battery, a small electric motor-generator, and several other components. This integration aims to improve fuel economy and driveability, while also enabling a stop/start system and decreasing noise, vibration, and harshness.
Sean Hanley, Toyota Australia's Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Franchise Operations, stated that the incorporation of the 48-Volt Technology in the HiLux line is indicative of Toyota's commitment to reduce the fuel consumption of its vehicles without sacrificing performance and capability.
In addition to increased fuel efficiency, customers are expected to experience improved performance both on and off the road. According to Hanley, these enhancements could make the HiLux an even more attractive option for long-term excursions or weekend getaways.
The 48-Volt Technology will come standard in all 4x4 SR5 and Rogue Double Cab models and will be available as an optional feature for the 4x4 SR Double Cab. Despite the addition of this new technology, the towing capacity for the 4x4 models will remain unchanged at 3500kg.
Toyota plans to release further details about the integration of the 48-Volt Technology into the HiLux models as the 2024 launch date approaches.