All-New HiLux, think "tougher"

Posted by Toyota Australia on Monday, 5 October 2015

Here’s a cool video of the eighth-gen Toyota Hilux, made by Toyota Australia. In this clip, the new Hilux is put through a gruelling test which aims to highlight how the new pick-up truck is “more unbreakable than ever” and that it’s more refined as well.

As a reference, that’s the Australian-spec double cab 4×4 SR5 variant you’re looking at, which is the top-of-the-range Hilux Down Under. While we can’t say for sure that the track you’re looking at is real, or even whether it “was originally built to test tanks,” it’s divided into multiple sections: reverse cam showcase, towing stretch, suspension test, weather test, city test and the “mates test.”

The new Hilux now has a maximum of 3.5 tonne towing capacity, which is also made possible thanks to a new 2.8 litre turbodiesel engine that makes 174 hp and 450 Nm of torque in the auto variant. According to the lead guy in the chopper, the new truck has the capacity of towing one’s “mother-in-law away from a buffet.”

In the suspension test, the ad shows off the Hilux’s off-roading capabilities. According to Toyota, the suspension itself was developed in Australia. With its double-wishbone front and leaf spring rear, it features a thicker front stabiliser bar that increases roll stiffness, along with larger dampers and relocated rear dampers.

It seems that the Hilux also has a quieter interior, as demonstrated in the weather test portion. Toyota Australia says that additional seals have been added into the front and rear doors, while the weather strip is now extended to the rocker panel, said to increase noise barrier performance. In addition to that, the dash silencer on diesel models have been increased in size, by 50%.

Watch it till the end to see the “mates test” – a clever way of emphasising the eighth-gen Hilux’s maximum payload of up to 1,240 kg!

2016 Toyota Hilux, Australian-spec