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What’s changed on the 2016 Hilux?

The answer to the question in the title of this article is “pretty much everything”! That is apart from the name, which as been located on the back of this legendary pick-up truck since 1968.

Towing Capacity

This is a big one for many UK buyers, in particular farmers. The new 2016 Hilux towing capacity has increased in weight to 3.5 tonnes (3,500 kg) for the manual version and 3.2 (3,200 kg) for the automatic. This is subject to the optional towing weight increase being specified and fitted at port of entry. Without this option being specified the towing weight is 3.2 tonnes for the manual and 3.0 tonnes for the automatic.


The new Hilux is now 75mm longer and 20mm wider, measuring 5,335mm long and 1,855mm wide. Overall height is slightly lower (-45mm) than before at 1,815mm. The wheelbase is unchanged at 3,085mm. The rear deck is now class-leading in size and 124mm wider before at 1,645mm.


The launch engine is the new 2.4-litre “global diesel” engine that has a power output of 150 DIN hp (compared to the outoging 2.50litres 143) and 400 Nm torque, 57 more than the previous model. Fuel consumption is rated at 39.4mpg (subject to homologation). A 2.8-litre engine will join the lineup later on.

The low-range 4WD gear lever has been replaced by a simple switch, which makes the system even more durable and both 2WD and 4WD versions of the 2.4-litre model are available.
Suspension & Chassis

Torsional rigidity of the 2016 Hilux has increased by a massive 20%, and it’s more stable and stronger than ever before. A new suspension system means the new Hilux is even more capable off-road (see the pictures for evidence!). This new set-up is also more comfortable on the road, leading to increased cabin refinement.

Outside the Hilux

The 2016 Hilux has taken particularly well to Toyota’s new “keen look” styling language and the end result is a fantastic looking vehicle, certainly the best-looking Hilux there has ever been in our opinion. From every angle be it front, rear or side the new Hilux looks strong and powerful, handsome and impressive. Wider and more noticeable wheel arches give it a squatted stance, and the new headlights and taillights finish off the car nicely. V-shape contours on the roof of the vehicle channel air away from the deck (where it can create drag, lowering fuel consumption) and instead funnel the air around the sides of the car.

Inside the Hilux

The interior has received a massive boost in quality and comfort, with a more passenger car-like cabin which looks and feels upmarket. Increased equipment levels, higher quality materials and improved technology are all features that can be boasted by the new Hilux. The new 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system houses all your in-car entertainment as well as navigation (optional), while important driver and trip information is displayed on a new 4.2-inch TFT screen inbetween the speedometer & tachometer, similar to the one found on the new RAV4, Auris & Avensis.

A split level glovebox inside the car offers brilliant storage and is also able to act as a cooler for 2x 500ml bottles to quench your thirst after a hard day at work. There’s a large storage box in the centre console that’s also equipped with a 220V power socket. In-between the driver and passenger you’ll find a large cup holder and a storage tray that houses 2x 12V sockets and USB/AUX input sockets to connect your MP3 player or smartphone.