The newest generation of 2018 Toyota Hilux is near to perfection as it caters all the essential requisites including best-in-class towing, eccentric styling and technological convenience. However, the Toyota is expected to make improvements to overall vehicle handling; especially concerning low-speed maneuverability. According to the company officials, this 2018 Toyota Hilux will get an under-body protection package which will come as standard on all 4×4 models. This package will include enhancements that cater off-road performance including a rigid chassis, efficient radiator, high tensile steel will be used for both front and rear axles. Also, the Toyota is reported to reduce steering effort by 12% for presenting a responsive steering action.
2018 Toyota Hilux – Modernized Look
The idea of a work-centric mid-duty pickup truck with ambiguous driving characteristics, contemporary styling, and promising fuel economy might sound like a reverie, but it’s true! As pickup truck fanatics would easily guess, the Toyota Hilux serves as a perfect recipient of all these characters. And as Toyota wisely foresees the growing competition in this respective genre, they make sure that Hilux lives equally adept at presenting annual refreshment. Likewise, this pickup truck is up for entering a new life cycle as 2018 Toyota Hilux to bring upscale refinements.
Like the 2017 year model, the 2018 Toyota Hilux will come in 3 body styles – Single Cab, Extra Cab and Double Cab. As usual, Single Cab will offer to seat for 2, Extra Cab will offer accommodation for 4 and Double Cab will offer seating up to 5 with a conventional 4 door arrangement. The base variant of Single Cab model is suspected to bear a starting price of around $25,000, Extra Cab will add another $3,000 and Double Cab will fetch an extra $5,000 or so.
The 2018 Toyota Hilux is suspected to come with a moderate cosmetic makeover (mainly to mark a new generation change). This would be characterized by a pronounced front fascia with the grille will get a dynamic styling. This grille will integrate 3 horizontal louvers that will wear satin chrome accents.
The headlights are up for a change too as smoked recess might come as an all-new addition. LED daytime running lights will be retained along with auto high beam. The front bumper will likely remain the same as the existing model but sport a few radical changes. However, the fog lights might come newly formed and the makers might use aluminum for the rugged skid plate.
Both front and rear fender will get beefed-up for complementing a muscular outlook. Front door mirrors, handles and window panels will receive a matte black finish. The 2018 Toyota Hilux is expected to open up the way for changes in the rear section as well. The cargo bed will get a soft roll-over tonneau cover and chunky plastic bed liner.
The interior cabin of 2018 Toyota Hilux is suspected to come improved as well. The seating might get a new ergonomic arrangement for opening up more leg room. The seats will come heavily bolstered along with height-adjustable head restraints.
The steering wheel will be reworked with fewer controls and contrast stitching. The driver’s gauge cluster will undergo revisions and incorporate contrast LED reading for the driver’s convenience. Other standard features in this cabin will include 12 volt USB inlets, all-season floor mats, seat and door map pockets.
The Toyota is most concerned when it comes to ensuring both driver and passenger protection as all Toyota models are built with utmost safety in mind. The suspension system monitors terrain conditions and adjusts vehicle’s height accordingly which in turn helps in maintaining vehicle stability. Apart from this, 6 advanced airbags on the interior cabin will come as standard. Other safety features in this pickup truck will include Pedestrian Detection, Rollover Protection, Traction Control. There is also a Parking Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Alert and Driver’s Seat Alert.
2018 Toyota Hilux – Powertrain Options
The 2018 Toyota Hilux will be available with 3 engine options- 2.4L 4 cylinder gasoline engine, 2.7L turbodiesel, and a 2.7L gasoline variant.
The 2.4L 4 cylinder engine will come as standard and will produce outputs of around 167 HP. According to recent rumors, this engine will integrate cylinder deactivation and receive aluminum block heads. Technologies catering fuel savings like Variable Valve Timing and Sequential Multiport Fuel Injection are to be incorporated as well. The fuel economy numbers are expected to stay around 22 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on highways
The 2.7L turbodiesel is also due for several tweaks to improve on capabilities. This engine’s net output figures will stay around the mark of 163 HP and 161 lb-ft torque. Similarly, fuel economy is expected to go out as 21 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on highways and 23 mpg on a combined basis. There are even possibilities that this engine will be catering towing capacity of around 5,600 lbs.
Lastly, the 2.7L gasoline mill will come as an optional choice and deliver outputs of around 168 HP. The EPA ratings will go out as 24 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on highways.
2018 Toyota Hilux – Competitors and Availability
The 2018 Toyota Hilux will be facing rivalries from the likes of Mitsubishi Triton, Ford Ranger, and Nissan Navara. The experts predict that this pickup truck could hit the dealerships within the 1st half of 2018 as its commercial production is expected to start from the 3rd quarters of 2017.