The hybrid system has been the magic word at Toyota for years. Now that the brand is increasingly focusing its attention on fully electric cars after a long wait in Europe, it is the Toyota Hilux that is finally introduced to a form of electrification.
The Toyota Hilux Hybrid 48v also gets the 204 hp and 500 Nm strong 2.8, although in this case the machine is supported by a 48v mild-hybrid system. This includes a small 48v lithium battery that drives a 16-hp, 65-Nm-strong electric motor generator. That power is used during acceleration, among other things, and that, of course, saves a few milliliters of diesel. According to Toyota, the average consumption of the Hilux with mild-hybrid 2.8 is up to 5 percent lower than that of the 204-hp variant without electric assistance. Other benefits include a more direct throttle response, a quieter engine restart, and a lower idle speed. The loading capacity (1000 kilos) and the maximum towing weight (3500 kilos) are unchanged.
More Hilux news under the sun? Certainly. For the first time, the pickup gets Toyota’s new Multi-Terrain Select system, which allows you to choose from driving modes such as Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow, and Rock. The Hilux Hybrid 48v benefits from an updated Toyota Safety Sense package of safety systems that includes an improved version of the Pre-Collision System and Lane Departure Alert. Automatic high beam? From the party. But there is even more. The Hilux Hybrid 48v gets the latest Toyota infotainment system with an 8-inch display and new software.
The mild-hybrid Toyota Hilux Hybrid 48v will be available mid-next year.