Nearly 3 and a half years after the second facelift was introduced in June 2020, Toyota has blessed the Hilux with another major refresh which in addition to visual upgrades also features a mild-hybrid powertrain.
Australia is the first market where the new facelift has been introduced which gets a 48-volt system that aids engine smoothness and depending on variant, enhances economy by 6% to 10% compared to the current iteration of the Hilux. The system is comprised of a motor generator, 48-volt battery, and a DC-DC converter which enables the use of a stop-start system, says Toyota, as well as enhancing drivability and fuel efficiency while at the same time reducing noise, vibrations, and harshness.
The 48-volt mild-hybrid system contributes 16 hp and 65 Nm with a belt-integrated starter-generator, paired to the diesel engine that outputs 203 hp and 500 Nm. Variants that receive the 48-volt mild-hybrid system also get Multi-Terrain Select as standard.
As far as the visual appearance is concerned, the refreshed 2024 Toyota Hilux features a new front fascia consisting of an outboard bumper piece, a trapezoidal bottom part, and an octagonal grille. Toyota hasn’t shared images of the interior and the rear end of the vehicle implying that it might remain unchanged. The mild-hybrid Hilux will hit stores in Australia in March of this year.
Related: The History of Toyota Hilux
This generation of Hilux is nearing the end of its lifespan. Keep in mind, that the 8th-generation Hilux made its debut in 2015 and underwent facelifts in 2017 and 2020 before the latest 2024 update. Since a brand-new generation is anticipated to come within the next couple of years, this facelift will most likely be the last. It remains to be seen whether this look will be introduced in our market, but with the debut of the hybrid Corolla Cross in Pakistan, Toyota might want to consider introducing the Hilux hybrid here.
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