UMW Toyota Motor has officially introduced the new 2016 Toyota Hilux in the country. The eighth-generation pick-up – which made its world debut last May – arrives very much a known quantity, having had its specifications detailed back in February and its prices revealed in April, when the order books for it opened.

The model range is made up of six variants, with a 2.8G 4×4 auto (which was previewed at the Toyota WOW Road Tour 3 back in March) sitting at the top of the list. The rest of the range is made up of a single cab 2.4 4×2 manual and a number of double cab options, a 2.4 4×2 manual, a 2.4 Standard 4×4 manual, a 2.4G 4×4 manual and 2.4G 4×4 auto.

Price-wise, the only single cab offering in the range, the 2.4 4×4 manual, goes for RM89,900. This is followed by the double cab 2.4 4×2 manual, which is priced at RM91,900, and the 2.4 Standard 4×4 manual at RM99,900.

Next, the 2.4G 4×4 manual goes for RM109,900, while the 2.4G 4×4 automatic is priced at RM121,900. Finally, there’s the top-of-the-range 2.8G 4×4 automatic, which has a price tag of RM133,900. All prices are on-the-road, inclusive of insurance.

Optional items available for the Hilux include a RM3,169 DVD-AVN navigation package, a RM1,574 sports bar (not standard on any model, even on the 2.8G), a RM1,049 bedliner for the single cab model, a choice of either a RM2,109 Toyota Premium Safety and Security Film or RM1,066 Toyota Essential Solar Film and a RM207 portable tyre pump.

To recap, highlights on this one include two new GD turbodiesel engines, a thicker, new six-speed automatic and manual transmissions, a stronger frame and enhanced comfort, safety and convenience features. The new mills are a 2.8 litre 1GD-FTV and a 2.4 litre 2GD-FTV from the GD family, and these replace the KD-family 3.0 litre 1KD-FTV and 2.5 litre 2KD-FTV found previously.

The new units, which are claimed to be 10% more fuel efficient than their predecessors, feature common-rail direct-injection, variable-nozzle turbos and exhaust gas recirculation. Elsewhere, a 4WD transfer dial and rear differential lock is fitted on every variant except the 2.4 4×2 manual.

In terms of output numbers, the 2.8 litre unit has 177 hp at 3,400 rpm and 450 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm with a new six-speed transmission (with the six-speed manual, 420 Nm between 1,400 and 2,600 rpm). The 2.4 litre, meanwhile, produces 150 hp at 3,400 rpm and 400 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,000 rpm with the six-speed auto in tow.

Specification-wise, the non-G Hilux variants come with 16- and 17-inch steel wheels, whereas the 2.4G (manual and auto) wear 17-inch alloys. The large 18-inch alloy options are reserved for the 2.8G, including the LED projector headlamps (the rest of the range is equipped with halogen reflectors).

In terms of kit, the single cab 2.4 4×4 manual is as basic as it gets, with a black grille, black manual wing mirrors, 16-inch steel wheels, a urethane steering wheel, PVC seats and a basic two-speaker, two-DIN radio/CD player.

Moving on to the double cab 2.4 4×2 manual adds on power-adjustable wing mirrors with integrated indicators (still black), plastic wheel covers, a standard bedliner, fabric upholstery, power windows, two additional audio speakers and an alarm system. The 2.4 Standard 4×4 manual gains four-wheel drive but loses the powered door mirrors, alarm and power windows.

As for the 2.4G 4×4 manual, fresh bits include a chrome grille, power-folding chrome door mirrors, front fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a multi-info display, keyless entry/start, a leather multi-function steering wheel, a drive mode switch (Normal, Eco and Power), a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, a six-speaker DVD infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen as well as a reverse camera and parking sensors.

On top of that found on the manual, the 2.4G 4×4 automatic adds on solar and security tint film, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Active Traction Control (A-TRC) and Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC).

Finally, the 2.8G 4×4, and this one gets all the bells and whistles – on goes automatic LED projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, 18-inch wheels, an Optitron instrument cluster and a Camry-style 4.2-inch colour LCD multi-info display in addition to what’s on the 2.4G.

Standard safety kit across the range include three airbags (including one for the driver’s knee), Isofix mountings (outer rear seats, none on the single cab) and ABS with EBD. Only the 2.4G auto and 2.8G auto get Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) Active Traction Control (A-TRC) and Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), and only the top 2.8G auto gets side and curtain airbags, for a total of seven airbags.

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