In the last couple of days, photos of several Toyota Hilux units riding on a vehicle transporter in the Philippines circulated the web, practically announcing to everyone that the new Hilux is coming.
The new Hilux, as can be seen in these photos sent by reader Cedric Dinglasan who chanced upon the transporter, features the same new look first seen in Thailand just over 2 months ago. From what we can tell, the vehicles would be the local equivalent of the Thai-spec Hilux Revo Rocco: a model we know to be the Hilux Conquest.
We can see that the new Hilux Conquest 4x4 is clearly an attractive truck featuring mostly design upgrades that enhance the muscular appeal of the model intended to compete with the likes of the Ranger Wildtrak. Other non-Conquest Hilux models have a somewhat milder design upgrade with a more prominent front grille, revised lower bumper, and other new details.
But we're not content with just what we see in the images, so we consulted with a few of our contacts in the industry, and yes, we got a lot of good information coming your way.
First: the facelifted Hilux will be launched next month. That's not much of a secret, but there you go anyway.
Second: Yes, it was confirmed to us that the top dog of the Hilux range will be the Conquest as seen here. It will have bi-beam LED headlamps, LED taillights, a bed liner, 18-inch machine-finished wheels, as well as Android Auto, Apple Carplay, and Miracast. The Conquest will also have cruise control, vehicle stability control, traction control, back sonar, clearance sonar, and a rear monitor, but it will not have Toyota Safety Sense.
The major revisions are actually to the model range itself, as Toyota will be discontinuing some variants and adding some new ones. The ones we confirmed that will be discontinued are the Hilux 4x4 G models, the ones powered by the 2.8-liter turbodiesels. Toyota will be removing both the automatic and manual gearbox variants of this grade.
By all indications, the 2.4L 4x2 G models will be retained. While no reasons were given for the cancellation of these variants, we can venture a guess that the Hilux Conquest had cannibalized a lot of the sales of the 4x4 G grade models, so much so that these variants may have not been worth it to carry in the lineup.
Our contacts tell us that Toyota will also remove the Hilux 4x4 E 2.4L from the model range.
There are two new additions to the model range, our sources tell us. The first is a cargo version of the Hilux. We're not quite sure about the specifications of these, but we think it would have some kind of body built atop where the bed would be similar to the current Hilux FX, but perhaps more specifically geared towards hauling. Our best guess is that it would be a single cab Hilux and that it may even have a closed aluminum cargo body that you'd normally fit on something like a Canter.
The other new variant is very interesting: it's a 4x4 version of the Hilux J grade. That's right; Toyota is launching a go-anywhere version of their base Hilux with the 2.4-liter turbodiesel, and it will have a manual gearbox. No other details were given, but we can expect the same or similar specs as the 4x2 J such as steel wheels, manual wind up windows, manual mirror adjustment, and no central locking or alarm.
This one might have the same 4x4 system as the soon-to-be discontinued 4x4 E, meaning it could come with a 6-speed manual and a 4x4 system with auto disconnect differential and built-in differential lock in the back. We're not quite sure if it'll be a high rider like the outgoing 4x4 E or a standard height model like the current model 4x2 J, but we think it'll be the former. For commercial clients that need a basic version of the rugged Hilux to reach faraway places that have little in the way of pavement, this one will fit the bill. Or, this could be a good version for those who want a blank slate Hilux for off-road bashing, sans the expensive exterior bits you would normally find in the Conquest.
We asked for prices, but we were told those have not been finalized yet. We'll find out later on, but for now, here's what the Hilux model range will probably look like:
Toyota Hilux Conquest 2.8 4x4 A/T and M/T
Toyota Hilux Conquest 2.4 4x2 A/T and M/T
Toyota Hilux 2.4 G 4x2 A/T and M/T
Toyota Hilux 2.4 E 4x2 M/T
Toyota Hilux 2.4 J 4x4 M/T (New variant)
Toyota Hilux 2.4 J 4x2 M/T
Toyota Hilux Cargo (New variant)
Toyota Hilux Cab & Chassis M/T
Toyota Hilux FX M/T