Toyota Malaysia has released a video interview with the executive chief engineer of the new 2016 Toyota Hilux, Hiroki Nakajima. Broken down into three parts, they give a deeper insight into the key changes on the new pick-up truck, namely in terms of engine performance, comfort and safety.

In the first video, Nakajima talks about the new 2.4 litre and 2.8 litre GD turbodiesel engines. These oil-burners have smaller displacements than before, but produce more power and torque – a whopping 107 Nm more, in the case of the 2.8 litre model. This, says Nakajima, makes the Hilux easier to drive at low revs, and also delivers improved fuel economy. That’s not the whole story, however – the company has also worked hard to reduce noise and vibration, thanks to the implementation of new technologies.

Next, Nakajima moves to the measures taken to improve the pick-up’s comfort, with the goal of making it as comfortable as an SUV. Apart from suppressing diesel noise, the engineers also looked at implementing improved cabin insulation, such as new materials for the dashboard insulation.

Elsewhere, the Hilux also utilises larger cross sections for the ladder frame, despite being built on the same F3 architecture as the previous-generation model. This means that the truck is more rigid and can better prevent high-frequency vibrations from entering the cabin.

Lastly, Nakajima bring up the new safety features implemented on the new Hilux, including seven airbags on the top 2.8G variant, as well as the active traction control system (A-TRC) – the latter brakes one or more of the driven wheels when it senses a loss of traction, redistributing torque to the ones with the most grip.

The ladder frame has also been reinforced to improve crash safety performance, with the aim of achieving top marks in global new car assessment programmes (NCAP) such as Euro NCAP. As a result, the new Hilux is slightly heavier than before, but the new engines counter the weight gain by being more fuel efficient.

GALLERY: 2016 Toyota Hilux