Many videos have been made to showcase the eighth-generation Toyota Hilux but perhaps none like this. The latest seems to have a setting that looks quite like the one in the Planet of the Apes (or the moon perhaps?). At the end of it, it reads “a new era for pick-up. Every inch a Hilux.”

In the video, shown is the manual gearbox, which is likely to be the new ‘intelligent’ manual unit. Also new (and shown) is the digital climate control on the inside. Other notable features that the new Hilux possesses is its front double wishbone suspension and a pair of leaf-springs in the rear.

In addition to that, it comes with Dynamic Control Suspension system and Body Control with Torque Demand. The new Hilux also claims to have lower noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels thanks to a a stronger Frame with Integrated Rigidity Mechanism (FIRM). The frame sees more high-tensile strength steel being used along with more spot welding.

A range of new turbodiesel engines from the GD-family are also available in the new pick-up truck. It replaces the KD-family 3.0 litre and 2.5 litre engines. This includes a 2.8 litre that makes 177 hp/450 Nm of torque when paired with the new six-speed auto and 420 Nm with the six-speed manual. The 2.4 litre mill produces 150 hp/400 Nm with the six-speed auto and 343 Nm with a five-speed manual.

The 166hp/245 Nm 2.7 litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine paired with either a five-manual or six-speed auto tranny can still be found in Thailand. Down Under however, aside from 31 different variants to choose from and a host of genuine accessories, a 234 hp/376 Nm 4.0 litre V6 petrol engine mated solely to the six-speed automatic transmission can be found.

Speaking of Australia, the Hilux is seeing much success on the continent. Initially expected to only sell 40,000 units annually, demand of the Hilux hit 5,000 within just weeks when it was first introduced. “That’s 30 or 40% more than we anticipated in the first month,” Tony Cramb, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Toyota Australia, said previously.

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