2012 Toyota Hilux: details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 13, 2011

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.

Exterior Design

The 2012 Toyota Hilux has a redesigned body with a distinguishably unique appearance that retains its renowned sturdy and professional workhorse qualities.

At the Hilux’s front, the new details are seen top to bottom from the new A pillars. The total image is that of a ruggedly robust and professional work machine in a SUV-style curvier and sculpted shape. It is an image that targets the burgeoning leisure-oriented taste of the European pick-up market.

The new bonnet features graceful lines that flow into the new and more elegant trapezoidal front grille, beside which the powerful headlamp clusters are placed. The sides of these headlamps extend over the front body corners, improving turn signal visibility. The front fender also has a new design with an integrated large central intake and lateral fog lamp housings.

From the side, the 2012 Toyota Hilux has a sturdily clean appearance. A bold character line streaks from the redesigned front wing to the similarly new rear wing and on to the tail, projecting dynamism. Also enhancing the pick-up’s profile are the newly designed muscular 15" and sporting 17" steel and alloy wheels, and the new wing mirrors which incorporate turn signals on SR and SR+ grade versions.

The Hilux’s rear end shows modified combination taillight clusters and a new high level stop lamp, which offers enhanced visibility and is styled in the same projecting manner as the headlamps. Meanwhile, the work-oriented DLX models bring back the sturdy and heavy duty flat fenders.

Eight body colours are available for the new 2012 Toyota Hilux, including two new ones: Dark Steel and Silky Gold.

Press Release

2012 Toyota Hilux

First released in Japan in 1967, and one year later throughout Europe, the legendary Toyota Hilux has been a dominant presence in the global pick-up market for almost 45 years.

To date, the world's favourite pick-up has recorded cumulative global sales of over 13 million units. Last year, global sales reached 549,000 units, an increase of 25% over the previous year. In Europe, 21,866 Hilux vehicles were sold in 2010, representing close to 25% of the segment and making the Toyota pick-up the leader for the third consecutive year.

The new pick-up will be available in 36 European countries, and more than 135 throughout the world. With anticipated European sales of almost 26,000 units in 2011, the Toyota Hilux success story is set to continue.

Refined Interior Quality and more Sophisticated Exterior Design

The 2012 Hilux features extensive revisions to both its interior and exterior design. The interior changes include improved sensory quality throughout the cabin, and passenger car levels of convenience.

A new, horizontal centre instrument cluster design reinforces the breadth and roominess of the cabin. The centre cluster is clearly divided into two sections. The upper part incorporates Toyota Touch, a 6.1" touch screen multimedia unit. The lower part houses new designs for both manual and automatic air-conditioning controls.

The driver's instrument cluster has been redesigned to enhance meter clarity, and SR and SR+ grades are now equipped with Optitron meters. A new, more modern steering wheel design incorporates grade-differentiated switchgear.

Perceived quality has been significantly improved through the adoption of uniformly darker finishes with a greater colour consistency throughout the interior. This sense of increased sophistication is further enhanced through new, silver ornamentation to the display audio unit, steering wheel and gearshift knob. A choice of four seat upholstery finishes, including leather, offers improved durability and stronger grade differentiation.

The new exterior design gives the 2012 Toyota Hilux a distinctive, instantly recognisable presence, whilst maintaining the legendary toughness essential for professional work.

The front of the vehicle is entirely new from the A pillar forwards. It combines an image of rugged durability appropriate to a 'workhorse' with a more curved, three-dimensional image reflecting the vehicle's SUV-like appeal to the growing leisure segment of the European pick-up market.

The flowing lines of a new bonnet design extend into a new, more sophisticated, reverse trapezoid-shaped radiator grille. The grille is flanked by powerful headlamp clusters which project beyond the bodywork extremities to enhance turn signal visibility. A new front bumper design incorporates a large air intake flanked by integrated fog lamp housing.

In profile, the 2012 Toyota Hilux's clean, robust bodywork is enhanced by a new front and rear wing design which incorporates a strong, rearward-flowing character line adding a powerful sense of movement. The vehicle profile is further enhanced by new, robust 15" and sporting 17" steel and alloy wheel designs, and new door mirrors featuring integrated turn signals on SR and SR+ grade models.

To the rear, new combination lamp clusters and a new high level stop lamp match the projecting design of the headlamps to maximise visibility. And 'workhorse' DLX grade models mark the reintroduction of a tough, durable flat bumper design.

The 2012 Toyota Hilux will be available in a range of 8 exterior body colours, of which two, Dark Steel and Silky Gold, are new.

New Grade Structure

In order to create a stronger differentiation between 'workhorse', 'dual usage' and 'leisure' versions, the 2012 Hilux is now available in four grades: DLX, the new DLX+, SR and SR+

Fulfilling a 'workhorse'/'dual usage' role, the brand new DLX+ grade is available with 2WD or 4WD 2.5 D-4D powertrains mated to a manual transmission in all three body styles and with a 4WD 3.0 D-4D powertrain and manual transmission as a Double Cab only.

DLX models are equipped with an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), a rear differential lock, electric windows, remote door locking and electric, heated door mirrors.

The optional Styling pack for DLX+ Double Cab adds a body-coloured front bumper and wheel arch protectors, wider tyres and front fog lamps.

With a choice of three body types, two engines, manual and automatic transmission and two- or four-wheel drive, Europe's pick-up of choice now satisfies the requirements of an even wider professional and leisure customer base.

Upgraded 2Wd 2.5 D-4D, 2012 Toyota Hilux Engine Range Now Euro V Compliant

Through the introduction of variable nozzle turbocharging, 2012 Hilux 2WD, 2.5 D-4D models now benefit from a 24 hp increase in power. The improved 2494 cc, 16 valve, DOHC four-cylinder common-rail unit now develops 144 hp at 3,600 rpm and 343 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm, matching the output of 2.5 litre four-wheel drive variants.

This power increase has been achieved through the adoption of a DC motor-actuated, variable nozzle vane-type turbocharger and the use of new injectors. The new injectors offer more precise fuel injection, improving throttle response and performance.

Durable, reliable and quiet, the 2.5 D-4D engine further benefits from several performance and efficiency enhancing measures. A high-performance turbo-intercooler not only increases power but also enhances emissions performance. A sophisticated Swirl Control System optimises the air-fuel mixture at low engine speeds, increasing torque availability without the need for acceleration. And an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) cooler optimises EGR gas temperature to improve emissions performance.

As a result of the 24 hp power increase, the 2012 Toyota Hilux 2.5 D-4D 2WD accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 14.1 seconds, and has a top speed of 170 km/h.

Despite these significant performance increases, combined cycle fuel consumption has been reduced by 1.0 l/100 km to 7.3 l/100 km and CO2 emissions lowered by 26 g/km to only 193 g/km.

Complimenting this power increase, 2012 Toyota Hilux 2WD versions are now equipped with the more robust chassis design of 4WD models. This not only improves vehicle ground clearance, but also increases the two-wheel drive models' towing capacity to 2.5 tons.

The 3.0 D-4D engine develops 171 hp and when mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 12.1 seconds, and has a top speed of 170 km/h. It returns an average fuel consumption of 8.6 l/100 km, and generates CO2 emissions of 227 g/km.

Equipped with an optional, 5-speed automatic gearbox, acceleration from 0-100 km/h improves to 12 seconds, and top speed rises to 175 km/h. Average fuel consumption is 8.4 l/100 km, with CO2 emissions of 223 g/km.

Both powertrains benefit from high torque output across a wide engine speed range -the 2.5 D-4D generating 343 Nm between 1,600 and 2,800 rpm, manual versions of the 3.0 litre engine matching this figure between an even wider, 1,400-3,400 rpm band- offering optimum performance at any speed, across any terrain.

Thanks to the adoption of a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) both 2.5 D-4D and 3.0 D-4D engines are now EURO V compliant. The DPF system collects and regenerates PM (Particulate Matter) in exhaust gas and efficiently oxidizes carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon.

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