The sixth generation pick-up, the vehicle Top Gear couldn’t destroy, is Toyota’s second best selling model after the Corolla.
At the time of launch the new Hilux will be offered with Toyota’s 102bhp 2.5-litre D-4D diesel engine with second-generation common rail injection and swirl control system and a 5-speed manual transmission.
The powertrain line up will be expanded in the future starting with an intercooled version of the 2.5 D-4D next year.
The transfer gearbox enables four-wheel drive and a rear axle limited slip differential is fitted as standard to give improved traction in slippery conditions. Selected grades will also offer a differential lock.
Double Cab and Single Cab with both two and four-wheel drive transmissions will be available.
For the European market, Toyota will take production of Single Cab and Double Cab models from South Africa and Extra Cab models from Thailand.