Sam Loo’s favourite vehicle is due for a full model change, and here’s the 2015 Toyota Hilux prototype spotted on test in southern Europe. Much clearer than the spyshots from Thailand we showed you in June.

The new Hilux looks bigger and more angular than before. The headlamps look slimmer and more wrap-around, and the face features two horizontal bars atop a trapezoidal lower intake. According to our spies, the Hilux was being benchmarked against the Volkswagen Amarok.

Our guess is the 2.5 and 3.0 litre four-cylinder diesels with variable-nozzle turbos (VNT) could soldier on, as could the robust five-speed manual gearbox.

But where the auto is concerned, will the four-speeder stay in office for another term, or could we get a new six-speeder instead? After all, the new Nissan NP300 Navara already has seven ratios…