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Yesterday saw the official introduction of the eight-gen 2016 Toyota Hilux, with the pickup being revealed simultaneously in Thailand and Australia. You’ve seen the studio shots, and now here are live photos of the new Hilux from the Thai part of the launch. On display at the event were a number of Hilux variants, in single, extra and double cabin body styles.

Aside from revised styling, the new Hilux gets two new turbodiesel engines as well as fresh six-speed ‘intelligent’ manual and auto gearboxes. The truck also features a thicker, stronger frame and enhanced comfort, safety and convenience features.

The new engines are a 2.8 litre 1GD-FTV and a 2.4 litre 2GD-FTV from the GD family, and both Euro 4-compliant oil burners feature common-rail direct-injection, variable-nozzle turbos, exhaust gas recirculation and a stop/start system.

The 2.8 litre has 177 hp at 3,400 rpm and 450 Nm between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm for output numbers, this when paired with the new six-speed auto (with the new six-speed manual, torque is bumped up to 420 Nm between 1,400 and 2,600 rpm).

As for the 2.4, that’s good for 150 hp at 3,400 rpm and 400 Nm between 1,600 and 2,000 rpm with the six-speed auto (with a five-speed manual, 343 Nm between 1,400 and 2,800 rpm). The Hilux is also available with the familiar 2.7 litre Dual VVT-i petrol with 166 hp and 245 Nm, and in Australia the truck will also get a 4.0 litre V6 petrol option.

Plenty of variation, from three suspension setups for various markets and a host of wheel size options (in 16-, 17- or 18-inch sizes), and with the variety of body styles, there’s no shortage of coming up with variants – Australia is already set to have 31!

Thai launch live photos by Edd Ellison.

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