The Toyota Hilux facelift, which made its debut in Thailand in November 2017, is now in Malaysia and is set to officially surface soon. Sales staff have started to push the refreshed truck, and one of them runs the “Yana Toyota Online” Facebook page, where these images are from.

This is quite a prominent facelift for the current generation Hilux, which was launched here in May 2016. The nose resembles that of the latest Tacoma, Toyota’s North American midsize truck. The hexagonal grille is large, and it joins a redesigned bumper with an upturned centre air intake and new fog light surrounds. The rest of the exterior appears similar to before, like the interior.

In Thailand, this new front fascia is only available on the 4×4 and high-riding 4×2 Prerunner variants; the more utilitarian members of the family carry over the same face, but with a black grille and a front bumper guard. This could be the case here too – we’ll see.

The Kota Bharu-based Toyota SA also let out some info on the Hilux facelift. It seems like we’re set to get a new variant called the “Hilux 2.4 Auto Luxury Edition”, which should slot between the current Hilux 2.4G and the range-topping Hilux 2.8G.

New face aside, the Hilux 2.4 Luxury gets a new rear step ornament (with embossed ‘Hilux’ logo), new side stickers, an all-black cabin (including pillars and headlining), and perforated leather seats.

It’s not clear if the listed kit are exclusive to the 2.4 Luxury or will be shared with other variants. There should be no changes under the hood, with the 2.4 litre 2GD-FTV (150 PS, 400 Nm) and 2.8 litre 1GD-FTV (177 PS, 450 Nm) turbodiesels continuing service alongside a six-speed automatic transmission. What do you think of the Hilux’s new face?

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