Late December I visited the nearby Toyota dealership for the annual safety inspection of my 2002 Land Cruiser. It gave me just enough time to do my own inspection of some new Toyota models in the showroom. I started with a Toyota Hilux Xtra cab pickup truck.
The current 8th generation of the world famous Hilux was introduced in 2015. Available as single cab, Xtra cab and double cab. The Xtra cab, as displayed in the showroom, is basically an extended single cab with a small storage compartment behind the seats.
Its overall length is 5.33 m (210″), width 1.855 m (73″). Some important numbers for the cargo haulers: GVM 3,150 kg (6,945 lbs), payload capacity 1,120 kg (2,470 lbs). The towing capacity is 3,200 kg (7,055 lbs).
The Professional is an upper trim level. Note that this kind of vehicle is also only driven by professionals, since the Hilux and its competitors are registered and used as commercial vehicles.
The inside of the Xtra cab, with the storage compartment I mentioned above.
The transmission is a 6-speed manual. A switch in the center console replaced the transfer case lever.
The only engine option here is Toyota’s fairly new 2.4 D-4D diesel engine, also known as the 2GD-FTV. An inline-4 DOHC 16v engine with a displacement of 2,393 cc. It features a variable nozzle turbocharger and a front-mounted intercooler. The engine’s maximum power output is 150 hp @ 3,400 rpm and its maximum torque output is 400 Nm (295 ft-lbs) @ 1,600 – 2,000 rpm. That’s a typical 4-cylinder workhorse-diesel alright.
The advertised average fuel consumption, so combined city/highway, is 7.0 l/100 km. According to the Unit Juggler Converter that’s 33.6 US-mpg. (Note: the European NEDEC fuel economy protocols result in mileage figures about 20-25% more optimistic than the EPA test in the US.) The 2.4 D-4D engine should get this Hilux to a top speed of 170 km/h (106 mph).
Independent double wishbone front suspension with coil springs and a stabilizer. All hard to see, but I couldn’t get lower than lying flat on the showroom floor.
And a live rear axle with leaf springs.
Neat detail in the headlight unit.
So, all in all this should give you a decent impression of how the Hilux evolved from the 1st generation to the current one. In a next article we’ll have a look at two other Toyota novelties.
(Editor’s note: The global Toyota Hilux is related to the NA market Tacoma, but is somewhat smaller and more oriented to commercial use, meaning less priority on ride, comfort and convenience. The Tacoma double cab with short bed (comparable to this Hilux) has a 6″ longer wheelbase, 2.3″ more overall length, and 1.4″ more width. There is also a long bed double Cab Tacoma available that is some 13″ longer yet. Obviously, engines are mostly different, although the 2.7 L gasoline four is available on the Hilux in some markets.)