Toyota truck fans hold your breath. Here are what could be the first unofficial photos of what appears to be the yet-to-be-revealed new generation Toyota Hilux.
An anonymous tipster sent AutoIndustriya.com a pair of images that allegedly show the all-new Toyota Hilux (known as the Vigo in Thailand) without any camouflage.
Clearly the new design appears to adhere to Toyota's latest design language as seen on the rest of their line up (i.e. Toyota Tacoma) with the shape of the grille and the multi-reflector headlamps.
The white Hilux/Vigo seen here seems to be hidden under a car cover at the garage with the photographer unmasking the front and rear to snap a few clandestine photos using a camera phone. The background of the initial photos we received had the garage blurred out though another follow-up photo had a clear background.
Toyota has been extremely secretive about their upcoming contender in the pick-up segment, though the Hilux has been caught by spy photographers undergoing hot weather tests, albeit heavily camouflaged.
The current seventh generation Toyota Hilux has been sold by Toyota since 2005 as part of the Innovative International Multipurpose Vehicle (IMV) program; a unifiend platform that also spawned the Innova MPV and Fortuner SUV. The 7th gen Hilux has been facelifted in 2008 and 2011.
On a separate (and more interesting) note, the look of this 8th generation Hilux will most likely be shared with the next generation Fortuner, albeit with more upscale details.
We were unable to verify the authenticity of these images, though they initially popped up at the NewVigoClubThailand forum/group, hence the watermark at the bottom right of the main image.
UPDATE: A very reliable source has confirmed the authenticity of the image as the upcoming Toyota Hilux.