Toyota Hilux for Australia gets new look and 48-volt tech

By CARSIFU | 5 February 2024

SYDNEY: The upgraded Toyota Hilux pick-up will arrive in Australian showrooms in March at the same time as the introduction of 48-volt technology.

Toyota Australia says the 48-volt technology is set to offer up to 10% fuel economy improvement, compared to the current 2.8-litre turbo diesel Hilux variants.

The 48-volt technology will be combined with the 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine and six-speed automatic transmission and comprises an additional 48-volt battery, small electric motor-generator and other components.

The 48-volt technology will also enable a stop/start system, improved driveability and reduced noise, vibration and harshness.

The upgraded Hilux brings a new sense of rugged style with a refreshed front-end design that gives an even more muscular look to the most popular double-cab auto diesel variants.

The 48-volt technology – standard on 4x4 Rogue and automatic SR5 double cabs, and optional for 4x4 SR double cabs – helps improve engine smoothness and fuel economy of the venerable 2.8-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder engine by 6% to 10% depending on variant, compared to current generation Hilux.

Toyota 48-volt tech on HiLux double-cab new00 (Custom)

Toyota Australia vice president sales, marketing and franchise operations Sean Hanley said the upgrades to the new-look Hilux range make it more compelling than ever.

“Introducing 48-volt technology on double-cab Hilux models is an exciting step forward, improving fuel efficiency while still providing performance and capability that the Hilux is known for,” said Hanley.

The revised face features a new-look grille and front bumper combined in an interlocking design with an octagonal grille, trapezoidal lower section and bold outer bumper, which houses the fog lamps on SR5.

On most WorkMate variants, a black honeycomb mesh grille is now applied for a tough and sporty look and paired with a black lower and body-coloured side bumper finish, while a tailgate damper has been added on pick-up variants. The front bumper on WorkMate single-cab chassis and petrol double-cab variants has been changed from a dark grey finish to black.

SR grades add a silver coloured lower bumper finish, while the SR5 goes further with a black upper grille mould, dark-tinted LED headlamp cluster, gloss black fog lamp bezels, exterior mirrors and outside door handles.

The 48-volt system comprises a motor generator, 48-volt battery and DC/DC converter which enables a stop/start system as well as enhancing driveability and fuel efficiency while reducing noise, vibration and harshness.

Variants with this technology are also made more capable off-road with the standard fitment of Multi-Terrain Select, offering six selectable drive modes that enhance performance in challenging conditions.

SR grades fitted with the optional 48-Volt technology gain dual-zone automatic climate control, smart entry and start, automatic up-down control for the power windows, and carpet floor mats.

Regardless of powertrain choice, all SR double-cab automatic pick-up grades now feature two front and four rear parking sensors to help make navigating tight spaces easier.

Providing enhanced convenience, SR5 along with HiLux Rogue and GR Sport now feature a wireless charging pad next to the gear shifter and two rear USB-C ports next to the air-conditioning vents for double-cab variants.