Toyota NZ is set to launch a major ‘midlife’ upgrade of its top-selling Hilux ute featuring a bolder, tougher-looking exterior on most variants and a beefed up 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine that offers more power and has better fuel efficiency than its predecesso­r.

“A true Kiwi icon, the 2020 Hilux comes with comprehens­ive safety technology and performanc­e enhancemen­ts that make it even better to drive for work or play. It is the most technologi­cally advanced ute ever offered by the company,” says Toyota NZ Chief Operating Officer Neeraj Lala.

The revised exterior styling delivers a tough, robust on-road presence that takes its lead from the global Toyota truck family. Under the new ‘clamshell’ bonnet, meanwhile, power has been increased to 150kW while peak torque on automatic models has been ramped up by 11 percent to 500Nm. The power increase was achieved by modificati­ons to the cylinder block, pistons, turbo and cooling system.

Inside, the touchscree­n for all variants is upgraded to an eight-inch display and the audio system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Here, the 2020 Hilux range will be available in either upgraded 2.8-litre turbo diesel or 2.7-litre four-cylinder petrol engine form. Both 2WD and 4WD options are available along with four body styles – single, extra, double cab and cab chassis – and four specificat­ion levels – Workmate,

SR, SR5 and the range topping SR5 Cruiser.

The SR5 Cruiser is available in both 2WD and 4WD and is automatic only and – when the new 2020 line-up arrives in showrooms here in August – Lala has confirmed that there will also be a special launch edition Hilux inspired by last year’s limited edition Hilux Gladiator, a special custom-built Hilux for New Zealand customers and conditions.

Since its global launch in 1968, the legendary quality and durability of the ‘unbreakabl­e’ Hilux has made it the world’s favourite ute, with more than 18 million Hilux being sold globally.

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Facelifted Hilux gets more power & torque for 2020. Upgrades carry across all 2 & 4WD models.

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