The midsize pickup segment is on the uptake once again after Toyota recently launched the 2018 Hilux refresh over in Thailand. It now bears a new front end reminiscent of the all-new Tacoma in the US, along with a tweaked automatic gearbox and suspension system.
Unlike the current model which has a two-bar grill design, the 2018 Hilux now comes with a Tacoma-styled front grill along with the slightly revised headlights. Also new on the updated Hilux are the redesigned foglight housings, reshaped front bumper and sleeker lower air intake design.
The rear pretty much remains the same in terms of overall design though it appears that the taillights have received a mild redesign for 2018. Other than that, the wheel arches, stepboards, rear bumper and alloy wheels have been carried-over from the current model.
Inside, almost everything has been retained for the 2018 model year refresh including the optitron gauges, three-spoke steering wheel, touchscreen infotainment system and climate control system. Top-end variants can get leather seats, faux metal finish on the door handles, gloss black plastic trim pieces and other available extras.
Under the hood, the 2018 Hilux is available still with two turbo-diesel engines. First up is the smaller 2.4-liter 2GD-FTV that produces 150 PS and 400 Nm (343 Nm with a manual) when paired with a six-speed automatic. On the other hand, the bigger 2.8-liter 1GD-FTV doles out 177 PS and 450 Nm of torque. When mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the 2.8 only puts out 420 Nm of torque.
The Thai-spe Hilux can also be equipped with the gasoline-powered 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with Dual VVT-i which generates 166 PS and 245 Nm of torque.
As mentioned earlier, a six-speed automatic and manual transmission options are available for the 2018 Hilux. However, Toyota mentioned that they have optimized the automatic transmission for better fuel economy. Meanwhile, the suspension has been given attention as well and Toyota claimed that the 2018 Hilux will have a smoother, more comfortable ride.
While the high-riding versions will receive the design makeover, the entry-level along with low-riding variants will keep the pre-updated look.
The 2018 Toyota Hilux will be making its public debut at this year's Thailand International Motor Expo