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We’ve already seen the eighth-generation Toyota Hilux in its full form in Thailand, not to mention the leaked brochure, which detail its specs in Revo form. Now, Toyota has announced the European specifications for its best-selling truck, where it hopes to sell 40,000 units per year in that configuration.

Outside, the pick-up truck is designed with Toyota’s “Keen Look” in mind; this comprises of a unified upper grille and headlamp design as well as a lower grille. A chrome strip has been added on to the lower window sill of the European Hilux, while the high-grade variant (called the Invincible) receives LED low-beam projector headlamps, with a choice of 17- and 18-inch wheels being available.

Inside, the Euro-spec’d Hilux is fitted with a reverse camera, a smart entry and start system, a flick capacitive seven-inch touchscreen multimedia system and a 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display in the instrument cluster. Aside from that, it also gets a new air-conditioning system that has an optimised compressor that generates cooler air when the engine is left idle. No air vents for rear passengers, it seems.

The driver’s seat is power adjustable, while going onto the passenger’s side, there’s a split-level glovebox with a lockable lower compartment and an upper compartment that’s connected to the cooling system, with the capacity to store two 500 ml bottles. A fold-down overhead storage is also available along with dashboard-mounted cupholders in front of the side air vents.

Towards the middle console, two 12-volt accessory sockets as well as an AUX and USB port are in place, while the 220-volt power socket in the front centre armrest is made as an option here. The armrest in the rear contains two cupholders and on top of that, the back also gets convenience hooks at the front seat-backs, ceiling hooks above the rear seats as well as an under-seat storage compartment.

Metallic embellishments have been added to the dashboard, door trim, steering, gear lever bezel and instrument cluster. Interior options for the black seat upholstery comes with three kinds of finishes, depending on the variants. The entry-grade gets tough fabric which is meant for business users, while the mid-grade receives soft-texture but durable fabric and the high-grade, a full leather interior.

With a larger cargo deck (up from 1,544 mm to 1,645 mm), the reinforced rear tray features redesigned ribs while the tailgate comes with link-type hinges and heavy-duty steel-plate brackets. One can opt for a variety of cover options including a lockable hard top or an aluminium roller cover.

In Europe, the choice of engines include the new 2.4 litre and 2.8 litre Global Diesel engines, along with the present 2.5 litre diesel unit, and also an uprated 2.7 litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine. The two-wheel drive 2.4 litre diesels are paired solely to an improved six-speed manual, while 2.4 litre all-wheel drive models and 2.5 litre diesels come with the choice of a six-speed Super Intelligent Electronically Controlled (Super ECT) automatic gearbox.

The 2.8 litre diesel is available in all-wheel drive layout and with a six-speed automatic gearbox. Opting for the petrol variant, one also gets the same layout and a choice of either a six-speed auto or an improved five-speed manual. The revised manual transmissions feature optimised gear ratios, which offer enhance torque response at low speeds and provide better fuel economy when moving along at higher gears.

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Safety-wise, the new Hilux comes with a stronger ladder frame chassis that is said to be able to absorb 15% more impact than its predecessor. Furthermore, the body shell is said to contain lightweight high-tensile steel to give occupants better protection. Outside, the truck adopts the use of impact absorbing structures to reduce impact of pedestrian collisions.

The Hilux double cab comes with seven airbags, two front and side airbags for driver and passenger, a driver knee airbag and shied air bags which covers both front and rear seats. Seatbelts are fitted with Emergency Locking Retractor and a Child Restraint System (CRS) top tether anchor.

European versions of the Hilux get safety equipment including ABS, BA, EBD, VSC, emergency brake signal, trailer sway control (TSC) and even systems similar to the new 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser including active traction control system (A-TRC), downhill assist control (DAC) and hill-start assist control (HAC).