• Toyota unveils new-generation HiLux

    Tougher yet more refined

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    The 8th -generation Toyota HiLux promises to provide much better comfort  for passengers.

    The 8th -generation Toyota HiLux promises to provide much better comfort for passengers.

    Toyota held the global unveiling of the all-new Toyota HiLux in Australia and Thailand last week.  The 8th generation pickup truck features advanced comfort, safety and convenience – and is easier to drive than ever.

    The all-new HiLux expands the model’s legendary prowess with an even stronger frame and is offered with four powerplants (including two new high-torque turbo-diesel engines), increased towing capacity up to 3.5 tons and payloads of up to 1,240 kilograms.

    Toyota’s Australian engineers took the global responsibility for developing the rugged suspension package for the local HiLux with testing at the Anglesea proving ground and over sealed roads and off-road trails in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.

    The set-up – with improved off-road performance, better suppression of vibrations and improved roll stiffness – will also be used to provide superior ride and handling in the harsh conditions of South Africa, Russia and South America.

    HiLux’s two newly-developed GD-series four-cylinder common-rail turbo-diesel engines are notable for their low-end punch and develop substantially more torque than the current model’s 3.0-liter unit.

    A 2.8-liter version offers up to 450 Nm of torque, a gain of 25 percent, while its 2.4-liter sibling generates up to 400 Nm. In each case, fuel use has been reduced by around 10 percent.

    Upgrades to HiLux’s 2.7-liter four-cylinder petrol engine have produced greater power, torque and fuel efficiency because of lower weight, enhanced combustion efficiency and reduced friction. The 4.0-liter petrol V6 engine will continue.

    Improved performance and economy are supported by new six-speed manual and automatic transmissions, including an “intelligent” manual transmission that helps eliminate shift shock by matching engine revs to the transmission speed.

    The double cab HiLux revealed in Australia features 18-inch wheels on a body that is sleeker and more muscular, at 70 millimeters longer and 20mmwider, with a slightly lower roofline. The range also includes 16-inch and 17-inch wheels.

    Larger exterior dimensions and clever packaging have liberated more interior space front and rear and enabled designers to offer a more natural seating position.

    HiLux also benefits from a larger fuel tank (80 liters), all-terrain tires on many variants and available LED headlights and daytime running lamps.

    Body rigidity has been improved with additional spot welds that reinforces the HiLux’s toughness and contributes to better steering response. Greater use of high-tensile steel helps reduce weight while ensuring body strength.

    Toyota expects the entire next-generation HiLux range to attract the maximum five-star safety rating with stability and traction control, anti-skid brakes, reversing camera, seven airbags, hill-start assist and emergency stop signal all standard across the range.

    Four engines for the new HiLux
    The Toyota HiLux will be offered the choice of four powerplants – two new turbo-diesel engines and two petrol units.

    The newly developed GD-series diesel engines are notable for their low-speed torque, generating higher maximums than the current 3.0-liter engine while cutting fuel use by around 10 percent.

    HiLux will also be offered with an upgraded 2.7-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, with gains to power, torque and efficiency.

    The 4.0-liter V6 petrol engine continues in the new range that is due to arrive in Australia from early October.

    Toyota’s new 1GD engine is a 2.8-liter four-cylinder common-rail turbo diesel that employs a highly efficient fuel-injection system and intake/exhaust ports.

    Although 227 cubic centimeters smaller than the engine it replaces, torque has been increased by up to 25 percent with a maximum of 450 Nm available over an extended band from 1,600 rpm to 2,400rpm.

    Power output also improves by 4kW to a peak of 130kW at 3,400 rpm along with higher gains below 3,000 rpm to support low-to-mid-range performance.

    Development engineers adopted measures to lower weight, enhance combustion efficiency and reduce friction, resulting in markedly improved fuel consumption.

    Similar strategies were employed for the second new engine, the 2.4-liter four-cylinder 2GD turbo-diesel.

    With available torque of up to 400Nm from 1,600 rpm to 2000rpm and maximum power of 110kW at 3400 rpm, this will be the main engine used for 4×2 HiLux variants in Australia.

    Toyota also thoroughly revised its 2.7-liter, four-cylinder 2TR petrol engine, achieving useful gains in power and torque while reducing fuel consumption. Power is up more than 5 percent to 122 kW while torque has edged up more than 2 percent with fuel consumption falling to less than 11 liters per 100 kilometers on the combined cycle.

    Variable valve timing has been adopted on both the intake and exhaust sides while new shapes have been introduced for the tumble port and combustion chamber to support high compression.

    Other updates include lower weight for the roller rocker arm, retainer and valve springs along with measures to reduce friction, including a new oil pump and timing chain.

    Improvements to performance and efficiency are supported by new six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

    A new intelligent manual transmission helps eliminate shift shock by matching engine revs to the transmission speed. It is particularly useful at start-off when towing as it helps prevent stalling.

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