Toyota Reveals 2012 Hilux, New Design and More Power Added to the Mix

The Toyota Hilux is one of the most imposing utility vehicles out there, and it just got even more so with the Japanese company announcing design changes and more power for the 2012 model year.

The Hilux will come with anti-lock brakes across the board, though the carmaker hasn’t mentioned anything about standard ESP. The new model will also be available in more variants, including new entry-level Workmate models, as well as offer visual revisions to the front and rear, and new seats and interior door trims throughout the range.

The design of the dash has been improved upon with the horizontal centre instrument cluster reinforcing the breadth and roominess of the cabin. It incorporates Toyota Touch, a 6.1”, full colour, touch screen multimedia unit. Toyota says the quality and feel have been revised, and all the colors fit together more uniformly, highlighted by the addition of silver ornamentation.

On the outside, the front end sees the biggest changes, as everything from the A-pillars forward being redesigned: new bonnet, radiator grille, headlamps and front bumper.

The 2012 model is now available in four grades: DLX, the new DLX+, SR and SR+. The brand new DLX+ grade is available with 2WD or 4WD 2.5 D-4D powertrains mated to a manual transmission in Single Cab, Extra Cab and Double Cab body styles, and with a 4WD 3.0 D-4D powertrain and manual transmission as a Double Cab only.

The 2.5-liter D-4D models benefit from an increase in output of 24 hp, thanks to the introduction of variable nozzle turbocharging. The diesel now develops 144 hp at 3600 rpm and 343 Nm (252 lb-ft) of torque at 2000 rpm.

Produced at Toyota Motor Thailand and Toyota South Africa Motors, the Hilux 2012 will be available in 36 European countries, and more than 135 over the globe. Depending on the region, deliveries will start in September.
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