Toyota is working on to introduce the 2020 Hilux facelift as spy shots of camouflaged test mules have already made it to the internet earlier this year. Now a Dubai-based dealer Milele Motors has leaked what looks like the official internal images of the Hilux facelift giving us a better idea of what changes to expect.
Up front there is a large Tacoma-inspired grille which was there with the Hilux Revo facelift that was released in 2018, however it has become even bigger with twin slats that are finished in black. The surrounding trim, available in either metallic grey or chrome (depending on the variant), is also much thicker and it is flanked by new, more angular headlights.
Lower-end variants will continue to get halogens but with LED indicators and positioning lamps, whereas top-of-the-range models will receive bi-LED projectors to replace the outgoing LED low beam and halogen high beam. Higher grades will also gain redesigned LED tail lights with hexagonal light guides. The revised alloy wheel options include the base 6-spoke 17-inch and the dual-tone 18-inch ones for the high-end versions.
According to earlier reports, the Hilux alongside visual enhancements will also get a power boost for its 2.8 liter turbo diesel engine. In its current guise the Hilux’s 2.8L 1GD-FTV engine generates 130kw (175hp) of power and 450Nm of torque, however the updated Hilux will see its output increased to 150kw (201hp) and 450Nm that will help it battle against the likes of all new 3rd gen Isuzu D-Max, the new 4JJ3-TCX engine of which makes 190 hp and 450 Nm of torque which is 13 hp and 70 Nm more than that of the old 4JJ1-TCX.
The interior is most likely to remain unchanged but features such as new infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as other functional enhancements are likely to be on offer. The new Hilux will also come fitted with Toyota Safety Sense suite.
The 2020 Toyota Hilux facelift as well as the Fortuner facelift were expected to break covers at the Bangkok International Motor Show that was scheduled to open its doors from the 25th of March, however the event was postponed due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As per reports, the Toyota Hilux facelift will reportedly see its debut towards the mid of this year most likely around July 2020, however depending on the COVID-19 the introduction of the updated Hilux could be pushed further back. Stay tuned to CarSpiritPK for more information.
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