For 2015, UMW Toyota Motor has introduced a raft of improvements across its Hilux range to keep it relevant before the next-gen model hits the road. The biggest update this time round comes courtesy of the inclusion of a new Toyota Hilux TRD Sportivo variant – applicable to the 3.0G and 2.5G double cab versions.

Customers hoping for more power will be disappointed as the TRD Sportivo treatment is surface-only – the 2.5 still pumps out 144 hp/343 Nm while the 3.0 litre variant produces 163 hp/343 Nm, both mated to four-speed auto ‘boxes. The TRD bodykit forms the gist of this new variant.

A TRD Sportivo bodykit, decals, black alloy rims, LED daytime running lights (DRL) and an optional TRD sports bar – priced at RM3,990 – on the rear of the cab complete the external upgrades on the Hilux TRD Sportivo variant.

Step inside and the TRD-themed party continues with black leather seats featuring red stitching. Also touted are “carbon-fibre cubic printing” (sounds better than ‘faux’) on the door armrests and instrument panel along with TRD carpet mats to set the mood when you’re rushing to the nearest construction site.

Lesser variants such as the normal 3.0G and 2.5G AT also benefit from a raft of upgrades. New dark grey alloy wheels, bumper-mounted LED DRLs, new combination leather upholstery plus stripes running down the side of the truck complete the new outlook. The 2.5G MT receives a new fabric design.

Apart from an additional lock for the spare tyre on all variants, the 3.0G, 2.5G AT and TRD versions receive a portable tyre pump as standard – optional on the 2.5G MT, Double Cab Standard and Single Cab. Two infotainment systems are also available as an option on the 2.5G, 3.0G and TRD variants.

With the DVD-AVX option box ticked, the usual array of a DVD player, MP3, USB, SD card, and Bluetooth connectivity along with a reverse camera are provided via a 6.1-inch colour touchscreen. The DVD-AVN option adds on the benefit of a navigation system along with Internet connectivity and voice recognition feature on a seven-inch interface.

Also new on the Double Cab variants are the inclusion of two new colours – Grey Metallic and Attitude Black – bringing the total palette count to five. Prices for the TRD Sportivo 2.5G are RM101,746.70 for non-metallic schemes while metallic options bring it up to RM102,406.70, both on-the-road (OTR) figures without insurance.

The TRD Sportivo 3.0G model, on the other hand, goes for RM109,819.50 OTR without insurance irrespective of selected paint schemes. OTR prices for the rest of the refreshed range sans insurance are as follow;

  • Toyota Hilux Single Cab 2.5 MT – RM74,958.70
  • Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2.5 Standard MT – RM84,538.70 (non-metallic)/RM87,722.20 (metallic)
  • Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2.5G MT – RM92,256.70 (non-metallic)/RM92,916.70 (metallic)
  • Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2.5G AT – RM98,824.70 (non-metallic)/RM99,484.70 (metallic)
  • Toyota Hilux Double Cab 3.0G AT – RM106,897.50 (non-metallic and metallic)

All Hilux models come with a three-year/100,000 km (whichever comes first) warranty.