First, it was the Fortuner. Now, it's the Hilux.
Earlier this year the facelifted version of the Toyota Hilux was spotted but with some heavy camouflage. Despite the camo, we could spot quite a few changes. This time it's a bit different because it seems that someone just leaked images of what could be the 2021 Toyota Hilux, and without any camo.
Now it's difficult to fully verify if the images are third party renders or originals (we're leaning towards the latter) but we're not discounting the fact that this is what we expect the new Hilux to look like.
This won't just be a minor nip and tuck. We expect the Hilux to adopt a front end similar to the 4Runner with a wider grill opening and more chiseled bumper edges. Air intakes have also been made slimmer, likely due to the new grill design as well. Even the shape of the headlights seem to be mildly tweaked with an edgier design.
There are a few leaked images; the first one depicts the higher-grade variant with Bi-LED beams, black metallic paint on the grille and more chrome. Lower-spec models will stick to halogens and a lot less chrome.
Other changes? The 18-inch alloys appear to be significantly different from the ones you see in the Conquest edition. Mid-grade models on the other hand will likely get new wheel designs too, and based on the images it the new wheels look much like the ones fitted to the Fortuner G. As for the rear, Toyota will likely ditch the bulb-type tail lights for LEDs with a new light signature. For now, there are no photos of the interior but we can expect updates and upgrades in there.
There's no information about the engine options just yet, but we expect them to be carried over from the current model. If so it could start with a 2.4-liter diesel for 4x2 variants while 4x4 models get the 2.8-liter diesel, both of which have been powering the Hilux since 2015.
Reports say that the heavily facelifted Hilux might make its premiere by June of this year. By then, we'll be able to know more about the latest version of Toyota's popular pick-up.