According to Datuk Ismet Suki, president of UMW Toyota Motor, the new Toyota Hilux is expected to arrive in Malaysia by Q2 of 2016. This validates our earlier report that the pick-up will debut here in the aforementioned time period, although no mention was made regarding the Fortuner SUV and Innova MPV.

The latest Hilux made its debut in May 2015 in Australia and Thailand. The pick-up is offered with a choice of two new GD-family turbodiesel engines (2.4 and 2.8 litre capacities) as well as new six-speed manual and auto gearboxes. Underneath, the pick-up rides on a new Frame with Integrated Rigidity Mechanism (FIRM) architecture, while the interior and technology offerings has been bumped up for a more premium outlook.

No additional details pertaining to the truck’s specifications were provided but we expect more info to trail in soon. However, when the new Hilux does make its way to Malaysia, it will face off against the already-introduced competition in the form of the Mitsubishi Triton, Ford Ranger and Nissan NP300 Navara. What features would you want to find in the new Hilux?

Meanwhile, it was also announced that the Toyota Alphard and Vellfire pair will arrive in Malaysia in the third quarter of the year. Having both looks available here is certainly exciting news indeed, don’t you agree?

GALLERY: Australian-market Toyota Hilux

JDM Toyota Alphard
JDM Toyota Vellfire