HILUX 2012: NEW DESIGN AND MORE POWER

Toyota Hilux 2012 new bakkie

  • More than  13 million Hilux sold since 1967
  • 25 per cent  increase in global sales in 2010, with 549,000 units sold
  • European  segment sales leader for third year running
  • Renowned  for quality durability and reliability that help Hilux conquer the world’s most  hostile environments
  • Introduction  of new, more refined Hilux for 2012
  • Frankfurt Motor Show

Hilux 2011

First released in Japan in 1967, and one year later  throughout Europe, the Toyota Hilux has been a  dominant presence in the global pick-up market for almost 45 years.

To date, the world’s favourite pick-up has recorded  cumulative global sales of more than 13 million units. Last year, global sales  reached 549,000 units, an increase of 25 per cent over the previous year. In Europe, 21,866 Hilux were sold in 2010, representing  close to a quarter of the segment and making the Toyota pick-up the leader for the third  consecutive year.

The new-look Hilux will be available in 36 European  countries, and more than 135 throughout the world. With anticipated European  sales of almost 26,000 units in 2011, the Toyota Hilux success story is set to  continue.

Toyota Hilux 2012 new

Refined interior quality and more sophisticated exterior  design

  • New  interior with passenger car levels of convenience
  • Improved  quality of look and feel throughout the cabin
  • Comprehensive  standard specification and advanced, high-tech equipment features
  • New,  durable yet more sophisticated exterior design

The 2012 Hilux features extensive revisions to both its interior  and exterior design. The interior changes include improved quality of look and feel throughout the cabin, and passenger car levels of convenience.

Toyota Hilux 2012

A new, horizontal central instrument cluster design reinforces the  breadth and roominess of the cabin. The centre cluster is clearly divided into  two sections: the upper part incorporates Toyota Touch, a 6.1-inch touch-screen  multimedia unit. The lower part houses new designs for both manual and  automatic air conditioning controls.

The driver’s instrument cluster has been redesigned for better clarity,  and higher grade models are now equipped with Optitron meters. A new, more  modern steering wheel design incorporates grade-differentiated switchgear.

Perceived quality has been significantly improved through the  adoption of uniformly darker finishes with a greater colour consistency  throughout the interior. There is also new, silver ornamentation to the display  audio unit, steering wheel and gearshift knob. A choice of four seat upholstery  finishes, including leather, offers improved durability and stronger grade  differentiation.

The new exterior design gives the 2012 Hilux a distinctive  presence, while maintaining the vehicle’s famous toughness, essential for work  duties.

Toyota Hilux 2012 new bakkie

The front of the vehicle is entirely new from the A pillar forwards.  It combines a rugged look that is appropriate to a ‘workhorse’ with a more  curved, three-dimensional image that projects the vehicle’s SUV-like appeal to  the growing leisure segment of the European pick-up market.

The flowing lines of the new bonnet design extend into a new, reverse  trapezoid-shaped radiator grille. The grille is flanked by headlamp clusters  which project beyond the bodywork extremities, making the turn indicators more  highly visible. A new front bumper design incorporates a large air intake  flanked by integrated foglamp housings.

In profile, the 2012 Hilux’s clean, robust bodywork has a new  front and rear wing design which incorporates a strong, rearward-flowing  character. There are also new 15-inch and sporting 17-inch alloy wheel designs,  16-inch steel wheels, and new door mirrors featuring integrated turn signals on  HL3 and Invincible grade models.

To the rear, new combination lamp clusters and a new high level  stop lamp match the projecting design of the headlamps. And ‘workhorse’ HL2  grade models mark the reintroduction of a tough, flat bumper design.

The 2012 Hilux will be available in eight body colours, of which  two, Deep Titanium and Aztec Gold, are new.

Grade  structure
In the UK,  Hilux retains its existing grade structure for 2102 with HL2 Single,  Extra and Double Cab models; HL3 Double Cab and Invincible Double  Cab.

Key new equipment features on HL2 grade include  heated, electric door mirrors, 16-inch wheels for the Extra Cab, and a rear  step bumper for the Double Cab.

The HL3 gains turn indictors integrated in the  door mirrors, the Toyota Touch audio system with Bluetooth, USB port for portable music player connection,  rear-view camera and new silver cabin trim details.

The Invincible further gains chrome side bars with steps and  a chrome instrument meter surround.

Powertrains
The 2012 Hilux  carries forward its current engines, the 142bhp 2.5 D-4D and 169bhp 3.0 D-4D  units, but these now comply with the Euro 5 light commercial vehicle emissions  standards ahead of their introduction at the beginning of next year, thanks the  adoption of a diesel particulate filter (DPF).

As a result of the  adjustments to the engines , CO2 emissions for the 2.5 D-4D (Double  Cab) have been cut by more than 10 per cent to 194g/km, becoming best in class and  combined fuel consumption has also improved by more than 10 per cent to 38.7mpg  (all bodystyles).

The emissions  figure for the 3.0 D-4D Double Cab automatic has fallen to 227g/km and the  manual to 203g/km.  Combined fuel  consumption figures are improved from 31.7 to 32.8mpg and 34.0 to 36.7mpg  respectively.

Both powertrains benefit from high torque output across a  wide engine speed range -the 2.5 D-4D generating 343 Nm between 1,600 and 2,800  rpm, manual versions of the 3.0 litre engine matching this figure between an  even wider, 1,400-3,400 rpm band- offering optimum performance at any speed,  across any terrain.

The standard  five-speed manual transmission and the optional five-speed automatic for the  3.0 D-4D engine, exclusive to the Invincible, are also retained.

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