2012 Toyota HiLux Pickup Truck gains Refreshed Looks and More Powerful Diesel


Toyota has blessed its European market HiLux pickup truck with a mid-life facelift for the 2012 model year. The cosmetic surgery starts with the exterior that gains a redesigned front end sporting a different grille dressed in chrome, new bonnet, headlamps and front bumper. The changes continue with the redesigned front and rear wings, a new crop of 15- and 17-inch steel and alloy wheels, plus new door mirrors.

On the inside, Toyota restyled the upper part of the dashboard and the instrument binnacle, while the company also claims to have improved the perceived quality “through the adoption of uniformly darker finishes with a greater colour consistency throughout the interior, and the addition of silver ornamentation”.

Beneath the sheetmetal, thanks to the introduction of variable nozzle turbocharging, the 2012 Hilux 2012 2WD 2.5-liter D-4D models benefit from a 24HP increase in output with the four-cylinder diesel engine now rated at 144-horses at 3,600 rpm and 343 Nm at 2000 rpm.

Toyota says that in spite of the power increase, combined cycle fuel consumption has been reduced by 1.0 lt/100 km to 7.3 lt/100 km (32.2mpg US or 38.7mpg UK) while CO2 emissions have been lowered by 26 g/km to 193 g/km.

Furthermore, the 2012MY 2WD versions are now equipped with the chassis of 4WD models, which improves vehicle ground clearance and increases towing capacity to 2.5 tons.

For the 2012MY, both the 2.5-liter D-4D and the more powerful 3.0-liter D-4D come equipped with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF).

Aside from the two diesel engines, European buyers of the 2012 HiLux also have a choice of three body styles, manual and automatic transmissions and two- or four-wheel drive layouts.



Leopaul said... »July 13, 2011

Now that's a prize! Imagine what will the Fortuner facelift look like...

Anonymous said... »July 13, 2011

Looks soooo dated! Look at that interior, it's so busy! Amarok thank you :D

RDS said... »July 13, 2011

I've already know the looks of the Fortuner ... and this Hilux isn't bad inside out !

Anonymous said... »July 14, 2011

Toyota get some Hybrids in trucks. Most required. This Hi-lux looks very good for a truck. So what, you need high belt lines and coupe styling for trucks?

Anonymous said... »July 14, 2011

Only a facelift? This will not be able to live with the all new Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado and Isuzu D-Max etc. This truck has been around for 6 years. If this is a mid-life facelift, are you saying that the Hilux has another 5 or 6 years to go with this old thing?

One thing I hate is that they pulled the steering wheel right out of the Corolla.

Anonymous said... »July 14, 2011

"Only a facelift? This will not be able to live with the all new Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado and Isuzu D-Max etc. This truck has been around for 6 years. If this is a mid-life facelift, are you saying that the Hilux has another 5 or 6 years to go with this old thing?"

A few nights ago I was in the passanger seat of a Hilux when we went jackal hunting in the South African bushveld. 80km/h sprints through rough uneven terrain for hours and it didn't even have so much as a rattle afterwards. Oh yes, and it had close to 300000km on the clock.

So all of the best taking your Colorado to the supermarket. I'm sure it will do a fine job

Anonymous said... »July 15, 2011

Something is wrong in Toyota’s press release … where is the benefit of 24 HP on 2012 2.5l engine ?? This one has 144 HP since 2008! Where is the problem?

Lhalley said... »August 16, 2011

Bring this to the US.....please....sometime this decade

Musawallace said... »September 02, 2011

it look so good on gravel road

para said... »September 15, 2011

Compare the number of jackal hunters and the number of shoppers, who never move this car beyond town limits, and Toyota can hardly rest on your endorsement for successful sales too comfortably. And yes, I'd prefer a Hilux over a Colorado too, in theory.

Bakerjay1958 said... »December 03, 2011

we those in the land of the brave that fought for our own country,who give our leaders an ability to bring into this land all equiptment which brings us meaning those who work for taxes and those who are paided in tax payer =s money all things which make our life in these united states true, if there is a auto which can drive farther on a gallon of fuel, we the taxpayers should know about it, you who are living on taxpayers money, who are to tell those who pay you to keep an eye out  for us the working clas about all new equipment  that will make life liveable , we pay you to help not hinder our time on earth. can you - no you can't

sirios said... »March 03, 2012

Not only does the USA keep this truck out of the market, but many other great diesel vehicles are kept from us. I lived in Germany for ten years and drove a VW diesel mini van, which wasn't so mini. It was a 136 HP turbo, 6 speed manual, that was a rocket ship on the auto bahn. Tons of room and very comfortable for my 6" 3" frame.  Toyota also sells many of their models with a common rail diesel. We in the US, are being ripped off by not having these vehicles available. 

tm1 said... »June 04, 2012


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