The rugged 2017 Toyota Hilux truck will be updated with a few styling details for the mid cycle refresh and a new sound system, but much of the rest will remain unchanged for the iconic workhorse. The model will still be offered in a crew cab, double cab and extended cab configuration along with a few trims each offering unique options. The bed lengths too will vary across the lineup. The last generation offered possibly the best cabin to date among the Hilux models, including a revised and stylish dashboard and tactile controls, spacious seats and all-natural leather with contrast stitching. This time around Toyota has also decided to update the sound system. The powerhouse is carried over from the previous lineup, without changing either the engines, transmission or four-wheel drive.
Exterior and Interior
Predictably, the 2017 Toyota Hilux comes with the same platform and specs as the previous generation, even the faux chrome bar from the truck bed has remained unchanged. The updates come in form of the revised corporate badging and restyled projector headlamps. The unique rugged lines from the front are carried over to the sides and on to the rear, highlighted by the beefy fenders housing 16-, 17- and 19-inch wheels. The engineers didn’t fiddle with the resilient underpinnings carried over from the previous model, now with with the shock absorbers at the front and the leaf spring at the back.
The cabin is a study in subtle with gray tones abounding and aluminum trims offered for contrast. The infotainment equipped with haptic buttons is supposed to come better integrated with controls and an upgraded sound system featuring more speakers than the last timeThe materials are still the same, albeit quite stylish, plastic in the base and leather in the more advanced trims. The steering wheel stack also gets plenty of controls featuring an organic layout..
Lifting the reliable diesel and petrol powered engines from its predecessor, the 2017 Toyota Hilux will feature a 2.4-liter turbo diesel engine delivering 160 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque and a beefier 2.8-liter turbodiesel putting out 174 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. The petrol powered engine will be a 2.7-liter four-cylinder generating 164 horsepower and a 4.0-liter V-6 good for 278 horsepower. All units come with either six-speed manual or automatic transmission while the four-wheel drive is standard.
2017 Toyota Hilux Price and Release Date
Based on hearsay, we can predict that the release date for the 2017 Toyota Hilux will be sometime in the fall of 2016. The model will likely be priced at around $30,000 for the base model and will climb up to $60,000 for the most advanced trim.