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Toyota Hilux gets mild-hybrid tech

Toyota Hilux gets mild-hybrid tech
New fuel-saving engine and visual update for the Toyota Hilux.

The Toyota Hilux - legendarily the world's most robust vehicle - is getting an update for the 2024 model year, including a new 48-volt mild-hybrid system for its diesel four-cylinder engine.

Reduces noise and vibration

As with the new Land Cruiser that will arrive in Ireland this summer, the updated Hilux will keep its 2.8-litre diesel four-cylinder engine, but it will gain a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that will, according to Toyota: "enhance driveability and fuel efficiency while reducing noise, vibration and harshness."

Indeed, Toyota claims that the mild-hybrid setup leads to an improvement of between six and ten per cent in fuel economy for the big pickup. Not only that, but the hybrid system means that the Hilux will be even more capable when traversing difficult terrain, thanks to the standard fitment of a Multi-Terrain Select driving mode selector, offering six different settings which: "enhance performance in challenging conditions" says Toyota.

Sleeker styling

There's also some refreshed styling at the front, with new headlamps that give the Hilux a slightly sleeker look and a new grille that more obviously tapers inwards as it heads towards the edge of the bonnet. The front bumper is also new and houses the foglights on more highly-specced models.

This update for the Hilux will also include the second-generation GR Sport version, which, unlike the previous model, will actually get some mechanical upgrades to the suspension, brakes, and steering to match its sportier bodykit and GR badges.

Cabin updates

Other upgrades will include front and rear parking sensors, rear air-conditioning vents for double-cab versions, two rear USB-C ports for the same, and a wireless charging pad up front, again depending on the version.

According to Toyota: "The distinguished history of the Toyota Hilux will open a new chapter with the launch of a new 48-volt mild-hybrid electric version. An electric motor will support the pick-up's 2.8-litre engine, giving more responsive acceleration, improved braking and a smoother ride, together with greater fuel efficiency."

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Published on February 1, 2024