Prices and Specs: Refreshed Toyota HiLux has an Aussie accent

2020 Toyota HiLux SR5.

According to Toyota the refreshed HiLux is “more Australian than ever” with Aussie designers and engineers involved in the development.

The refreshed Toyota HiLux was launched to Australian motoring media virtually this week and the same convenient time I was battling around the back blocks of Lithgow in a new Defender (review out tomorrow when the embargo lifts).

But, suffice it to say that there’s plenty of cards online suggesting the refreshed HiLux is just a Ford Ranger. Toyota’s probably pretty happy with that, given the sales success of the Ford Ranger, especially in 4×4 trim. Moving on.

The refreshed HiLux will go on-sale in September and Toyota is keen to play up the role Aussie designers and engineers played in the styling, performance and suspension work. Indeed, it was Aussie designers, said Toyota, that pushed for the design of this updated HiLux to reflect the rest of the Toyota “ute and truck family”. Has it worked? We’ve placed the picture of a new HiLux and a Tacoma for your viewing pleasure…let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Updated 2020 Toyota HiLux priced and detailed
Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Australia’s Product Design Manager Peter Elliott said the brief was to develop a simple and strong athletic pick-up truck, a vehicle that was tough and genuine. Has it done that?

“From the beginning, our sketches investigated bold and tough themes that centred on a larger, more vertical trapezoid grille enhanced by an upper bonnet moulding and lower bumper components that lock into the grille surround,” Mr Elliott said.

“The headlamps have been moved outboard and they now connect with the distinctly chiselled bumper corners, linking the design. We progressed through clay models and CAD, evolving the idea to be cohesive with the rest of the vehicle, while maintaining maximum visual impact.

“The final design was milled as a full-size clay model and shipped to Japan, where it was well received as a bold step forward with a strong Toyota DNA.”

Toyota Australia’s General Manager of Product Planning and Development Rod Ferguson said, “Being awarded this project was a real feather in the cap for our team – and a tribute to the level of design capability we have at Toyota Australia.

“In addition, our vehicle evaluation team was instrumental in the global development of the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine and improvements to the way it rides and handles across a wide variety of conditions,” he said.

“I’m sure if HiLux could talk, it would definitely have a strong Aussie accent.”

When it comes to engineering, Australia, said Toyota, offers around 80% of the world’s environments making testing and tuning here a good idea. And that Australian engineers pushed for improvements to power delivery from the 2.8L engine and improved performance from the six-speed automatic.

Toyota Australia’s Vehicle Evaluation Manager Ray Munday said, “The ride comfort of the rear suspension has been noticeably improved when driving without a load. Importantly, the vehicle maintains the HiLux DNA of being able to carry heavy loads with excellent body control, both on sealed and dirt roads.

“We also confirmed that HiLux maintains its acknowledged off-road traction with the combination of high wheel articulation and traction control systems which have previously been tuned in the real-world customer conditions of Australia.

“In addition, we adopted a variable flow control power-steering pump to provide a more direct steering feel on narrow winding country roads and to reduce steering effort when parking.”

Key Features and Prices (excluding on-road costs):

4X2 Single Cab (cab chassis)
Workmate, 2.7 P, 5M2500kg1225kg$23,590
Workmate, 2.7 P, 6A2500kg1210kg$25,590
Workmate Hi-Rider, 2.4 TD, 6M2800kg1260kg$28,830
4×2 Extra Cab (pick-up)
SR Hi-Rider, 2.8 TD, 6A2800kg1130kg$44,210
4×2 Double Cab (pick-up)
Workmate, 2.7 P, 5M2500kg1035kg$33,070
Workmate, 2.7 P, 6A2500kg1025kg$35,070
Workmate Hi-Rider, 2.4 TD, 6M2800kg1160kg$40,160
Workmate Hi-Rider, 2.4 TD, 6A2800kg1105kg$42,160
SR Hi-Rider, 2.8 TD, 6M2800kg1050kg$43,230
SR Hi-Rider, 2.8 TD, 6A2800kg1040kg$45,230
SR5 Hi-Rider, 2.8 TD, 6A2800kg1065kg$53,690
4×4 Single Cab (cab chassis)
Workmate, 2.4 TD, 6M3500kg1275kg$39,520
SR, 2.8 TD, 6M3500kg1250kg$42,590
SR, 2.8 TD, 6A3500kg1250kg$44,590
4×4 Extra Cab (cab chassis)
Workmate, 2.4 TD, 6A3500kg1150kg$45,220
SR, 2.8 TD, 6M3500kg1200kg$46,250
SR, 2.8 TD, 6A3500kg1195kg$48,250
4×4 Extra Cab (pick-up)
SR5, 2.8 TD, 6A3500kg1045kg$58,400
4×4 Double Cab (cab chassis)
Workmate, 2.4 TD, 6A3500kg1125kg$47,290
SR, 2.8 TD, 6M3500kg1085kg$48,510
SR, 2.8 TD, 6A3500kg1085kg$50,660
SR5, 2.8 TD, 6A3500kg1105kg$58,420 (new)
SR5+, 2.8 TD, 6A3500kg1105kg$60,920 (new)
4×4 Double Cab (pick-up)
Workmate, 2.4 TD, 6M3500kg995kg$46,790
Workmate, 2.4 TD, 6A3500kg980kg$48,790
SR, 2.8 TD, 6M3500kg990kg$50,010
SR+, 2.8 TD, 6M3500kg1005kg$52,010
SR, 2.8 TD, 6A3500kg995kg$52,160
SR+, 2.8 TD, 6A3500kg1005kg$54,160
SR5, 2.8 TD, 6M3500kg1000kg$57,920
SR5+, 2.8 TD, 6M3500kg1000kg$60,420
SR5, 2.8 TD, 6A3500kg995kg$59,920
SR5+, 2.8 TD, 6A3500kg995kg$62,420

4×2 and 4×4 HiLux Specifications

GRADESWorkmate (WM), SR, SR5
BODY STYLESSingle Cab (SC), Extra Cab (EC), Double Cab (DC)
Length (pick-ups)5330mm (WM 4×2 DC) All others: 5325mm
Width (pick-ups)1800mm (SC, WM 4×2 DC); All others: 1855mm
Height1690mm (4×2 SC)
1700mm (4×2 DC)
1795mm (4×2 SC Hi-Rider, 4×4 SC)
1810mm (4×2 EC Hi-Rider, 4×4 EC)
1815mm (4×2 DC Hi-Rider, 4×4 DC)
Front/rear tracks1510/1510mm – 4×2 SC, 4×2 DC
1495/1510mm – 4×2 SC Hi-Rider, 4×4 SC
1535/1550mm – 4×2 EC & DC Hi-Rider, 4×4 EC & DC
Kerb weightSC/Chassis 4×2 with 2TR engine: 1475-1490kg
SC/Chassis 4×2 Hi-Rider: 1640kg
SC 4×4: 1775-1800kg
EC/Chassis 4×4 1900-1905kg
EC 4×2 Hi-Rider: 1920kg
EC 4×4: 2055kg
DC 4×2 with 2TR engine: 1745-1755kg
DC 4×2 Hi-Rider 1940-1958kg
DC/Chassis: 1925-1965kg
DC 4×4: 2045-2093kg
GVMSC/Chassis 4×2 with 2TR engine: 2700kg
SC/Chassis 4×2 Hi-Rider: 2900kg
SC, DC 4×4: 3050kg
EC: 3050-3100kg
DC 4×2 with 2TR engine: 2780kg
DC 4×2 Hi-Rider: 2980-3100kg
GCMSC/Chassis 4×2 with 2TR engine: 5200kg
DC 4×2 with 2TR engine: 5250kg
Hi-Rider: 5650kg
4×4: 5850kg (all variants)
Approach angle23 degrees: 4×2 with 2TR engine
29 degrees: all other variants
Departure angle20 degrees: 4×2 DC with 2TR engine
25 degrees: 4×4 SC
26 degrees: 4×4 DC, EC/Ch. & DC/Ch.
27 degrees: 4×2 Hi-Rider, Workmate 4×4 MT DCAB, SR 4×4 AT DCAB, SR Option Pack 4×4 AT DCAB
Ground clearance174mm: 4×2 with 2TR engine
216mm: All other variants
Wading depth700mm
Towing unbraked#750kg
Towing braked#2500kg (4×2 with 2TR engine)
Fuel tank80 litres
Brakes (front)Ventilated disc
4X2296mm floating calliper
4X4, 4X2 Hi-Rider319mm opposed calliper
Brakes (rear)Leading-trailing drum
Size254mm (4×2), 295mm (4×4, Hi-Rider)
Front suspensionDouble wishbone with stabiliser bar
Rear suspensionLeaf spring with two shock absorbers
Steering gearRack and pinion
Power steeringHydraulic
Turns lock to lock3.82 (2WD); 3.43 (Hi-Rider, 4×4 EC, DC); 3.30 (4×4 SC)
Min. turning circle (tyre)11.8 metres (2TR); 12.6 metres (all other variants)
Wheels and tyres
Highway tyre215/65R16C steel (4×2 WM)
All-terrain tyre225/70R17C steel (Hi-Rider, 4×4 WM & SR single cabs)
All-terrain tyre265/65R17 steel (4×4 WM & SR EC & DC)
Highway tyre265/65 R17 alloy (SR option pack)
Highway tyre265/60R18 alloy (SR5)
ENGINE TYPE1GD-FTV turbo diesel
Cylinders4-cyl, in-line
Valve mechanism16V DOHC chain drive
Charging systemVariable nozzle turbocharger with intercooler
Bore x Stroke92.0mm x 103.6mm
Compression ratio15.6:1
Fuel systemCommon-rail
Cetane number48 or higher
Maximum power150kW @ 3400rpm
Maximum torque500Nm @ 1600-2800rpm (auto)
420Nm @ 1400-3400rpm (man)
FUEL ECONOMY* – 1GD-FTV engine (4×2)
ModelExtra CabDouble Cab pick-up
Transmission6AT AC60E6MT (RC61)6AT (AC60E)6AT (AC60E)
Combined: litres/100km7.
Urban: litres/100km8.
Extra urban: litres/100km6.
Emissions: grams/km197187197212
R1515-speed manual transmission (2TR engine)
AC60E (4×2), AC60F (4×4)6-speed super intelligent electronic auto (1GD, 2GD)
RC60 (4×2), RC60F (4×4)6-speed manual transmission (2GD engine)
RC61 (4×2), RC61F (4×46-speed manual transmission (1GD engine)
Gear ratios5MT (R151)6MT (RC60 / 61)6AT (AC60E / F)
5th0.8380.777 / 0.8260.687
Final Drive4.1003.5834.100 / 3.909
FUEL ECONOMY* – 1GD-FTV engine (4×4)
ModelS/C/C, E/C/C, D/CCExtra Cab P/UDouble Cab P/U
Transmission6MT RC61F6AT AC60F6AT AC60F6MT RC61F6AT AC60F6MT RC61F6AT AC60
Combined: litres/100km7.
Urban: litres/100km8.
Extra urban: litres/100km7.
Emissions: grams/km204212207196207TBA207
ENGINE TYPE2GD-FTV turbo-diesel
Cylinders4-cyl, in-line
Valve mechanism16V DOHC chain drive
Charging systemVariable nozzle turbocharger with intercooler
Bore x Stroke92.0mm x 90.0mm
Compression ratio15.6:1
Fuel systemCommon-rail
Cetane number48 or higher
Maximum power110kW @ 3400rpm
Maximum torque400Nm@1600-2000rpm
FUEL ECONOMY* – 2GD-FTV engine (4×2 Workmate)
Model4×2 S/C/Chassis4×2 Double Cab pick-up
Transmission6MT (RC60)6MT (RC60)6AT (AC60E)
Combined: litres/100km7.86.97.5
Urban: litres/100km8.98.29.0
Extra urban: litres/100km7.26.16.6
Emissions: grams/km206182196
FUEL ECONOMY* – 2GD-FTV engine (4×4 Workmate)
ModelS/C/CEC/C, DC/CDouble Cab pick-up
Transmission6MT (RC60F)6AT (AC60F)6MT (RC60F)6AT (AC60F)
Combined: litres/100km7.
Urban: litres/100km8.
Extra urban: litres/100km6.87.46.4 6.9
Emissions: grams/km195211188205
Cylinders4-cyl, in-line
Valve mechanism16V DOHC with dual VVT-i
Bore x Stroke95.0mm x 95.0mm
Compression ratio10.2:1
Fuel systemEFI
RON91 or higher
Maximum power122kW @ 5200rpm
Maximum torque245Nm @ 4000rpm
Model4×2 S/C/Chassis WM4×2 Double Cab WM
Transmission5MT (R151)6AT (AC60E)5MT (151)6AT (AC60E)
Combined: litres/100km11.110.910.710.4
Urban: litres/100km14.
Extra urban: litres/100km9.
Emissions: grams/km259252248241
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