The Hilux is fully loaded with innovations to take on any terrain with ease. Active Traction Control* and the differential lock keep you secure on any surface, Downhill Assist Control (DAC)* gets you down slopes smoothly, Hill Assist Control (HAC)* gets you up inclines without rolling back and Trailer Sway Control (TSC)* stabilises the connection between your Hilux and a trailer. The dashboard has also been modernised: the lever on the centre console has been replaced with an electronic transfer switch. At any given moment, simply flip the switch and you can choose between 4WD, 4WD low and 2WD.
The new interior design delivers the toughness and functionality needed in a working vehicle, as well as the convenience and refinement expected in a private use vehicle. There’s no skimping on comfort or style – advanced form meets function in a strong yet elegant combination.
We realised that toughness doesn’t just come from the vehicle; it comes from the people inside. Whether you’re battling your way up a muddy track or negotiating the rigours of the urban jungle, reducing the stress of driving is just as important as withstanding the elements. That’s why the new Hilux, while improving on the model’s characteristic ruggedness and performance, redefines toughness by being more occupant-focused and easier to drive than ever before.
To truly understand what our customers expect from us and the challenges they face on a daily basis, our development teams travelled the globe from Caracas to Kommetjie, getting direct feedback from customers and driving on a wide variety of different roads to get a feel for different usage conditions. To gain inspiration for the eighth-generation Hilux, the development team drove in conditions ranging from rough, muddy forests to deserts with temperatures exceeding 50°C and flooded roads in the rainy season. Sometimes they came up against even harsher conditions than expected, which brought home the need to develop an even tougher Hilux.
As explained by Hiroki Nakajima, the executive chief engineer behind the Hilux (and also a managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation): "Our entire development concept was centered on ‘redefining toughness’. We aimed to make the new Hilux ‘tougher’ based on a much broader interpretation of that word. The message we want to deliver to our customers is embodied in our slogan for the vehicle: ‘A New Era for Pickup. Every Inch a Hilux.’”
This is echoed by Calvyn Hamman, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Toyota SA: “It’s instantly recognisable as a Hilux, it feels like a Hilux, it drives like a Hilux– only better. Successfully melding innovation, sophistication and extrovert design with fanatical reliability, the all-new Hilux will be the benchmark. The Legend is set to continue.”