2018 Toyota Hilux could come with an all-new look

The present 8th generation Hilux made its debut in 2015 and since then has been topping the charts among Toyota’s pickups. With decent power delivery and towing capacity reaching up to the 6,172-pound mark, Hilux is quite popular in the pickup market. Because of this Toyota may soon roll out its 2018 Toyota Hilux with a considerable number of modifications and improved EPA rating. Read on to check out its recently available specifications.

2018 Toyota Hilux

2018 Toyota Hilux – Engine Options

The most likely option is the 2.8-liter unit from Toyota with a power delivery of 177 HP and torque delivery of 334 lb-ft. However, with no official reports available, two other versions may also find its way into the new Toyota Hilux 2018.

A 2.4-liter diesel engine with 167 HP power delivery capacity and 298 lb-ft torque output rating. The bigger version comes in a form of a 4.0-liter unit with six-cylinders in place. This has an output power capacity of 278 HP and torque capacity of 277 lb-ft.

A five-speed manual transmission may be placed. An automatic gearbox is also likely. This combined powertrain may see the EPA rating of 2018 Hilux improve its previous figures of 32 mpg on highways. Manual gearbox may increase it to 36 mpg.

Redesign of 2018 Hilux

Spy shots suggest that this new 2018 Toyota Hilux arrives with host new modifications. Toyota looks to place a new pickup in a market dominated by Ford, so apart from power, expect Hilux to come with the following redesigns.

  • The most notable ones are its door handles. They are no more body colored and now sports a chrome finish.
  • Air intake for its engines is now on the bonnet. This makes the front bumpers come with a new design with chrome accents.
  • Fog lights will be LED and are housed on either side of the front bumper in a redesigned fashion.
  • Headlights have been larger this time with a trapezoidal structure and extending well above the front wheel arch.
  • Expect a 17 or 18-inch wheel with a five-spoke design. The larger dimension will facilitate better surface grip.

Apart from these, the interior of 2018 Toyota Hilux is likely to face some modifications as well. Instrument cluster may come upgraded to an LCD screen. Also, infotainment may now come with a bigger display and may feature additional controls. Expect Toyota to increase the cabin dimensions with Ford and GMC already walking on similar lines.

Toyota Hilux

Safety Features

Adaptive cruise control and electronic braking system will be available as standard. Apart from this, Toyota may include advanced traction control with torque vectoring, blind spot monitoring system, forward collision control and alert system and lane departure system.

Also, 2018 Toyota Hilux will include rear view cameras for cargo surveillance and park assist. Tire pressure monitoring system and automated braking system is also likely to be included.

Price and competition

Toyota has yet set no official price tag. However, 2018 Toyota Hilux may make its debut in the second half of 2018 with a price tag of $36,000. Automatic transmission inclusion will see the figure rise to $38,000. At this range, Toyota’s new pickup may face competition from the likes of Ford F-250, Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, GMC Sierra and RAM 2500.

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