The 2012 model year of the Toyota Hilux will get design revisions and extra power. Anti-lock brakes will be fitted across the Hilux’s entire range. So far, Toyota hasn’t discussed standard ESP. There will be more variants for this model, such as new entry-level Workmate models. There will be aesthetic changes to the front and rear, and new seats and interior door trims will be offered across the range.
The dash design was improved; it now has a horizontal centre instrument cluster boosting the breadth and space of the cabin. It also features the touch screen multimedia unit, Toyota Touch, which measures 6.1” and is in full color.
Toyota asserts that its quality and feel were changed. All its colors are now more uniform and are highlighted with the use of silver ornamentation. The most major changes are seen on the front end.
The A-pillars were redesigned and it also features a new bonnet, radiator grille, headlamps and front bumper. There are four grades available for the 2012 model: DLX, the new DLX+, SR and SR+. The brand new DLX+ grade is offered with 2WD or 4WD 2.5 D-4D powertrains coupled to a manual transmission in Single Cab, Extra Cab and Double Cab body styles.
A 4WD 3.0 D-4D powertrain and manual transmission are offered on the Double Cab only. The 2.5-liter D-4D models get an extra 24 hp due to the use of variable nozzle turbocharging. The diesel version could deliver 144 hp at 3600 rpm and 343 Nm (252 lb-ft) of torque at 2000 rpm.
The Hilux 2012 is built at Toyota Motor Thailand and Toyota South Africa Motors. It will be offered in 36 European countries but across the globe, it will be sold in over 135 countries. Deliveries will begin this September; the exact dates will depend on the region.