December 21, 2013

Toyota has a V6 petrol Christmas gift for Hilux customers

A V6 petrol is back on the 12-model menu as Toyota rolls out the facelifted 2014 Hilux – the ute's last freshen-up before a new model appears in 2015. And all Hilux 4WDs now have a five-star ANCAP safety rating.
The 4.0 litre 175kW V6 with a five-speed automatic is available on 2WD and 4WD double cab SR5s. It produces 376Nm at 3800rpm. Top SR5 models include standard satellite navigation and a reversing camera. There's an upgraded five-speed automatic in the double cab diesel range. This has AI (Artificial Intelligence) SHIFT Control that modifies gear shift patterns according to the road conditions and driving style. The change from a four-speed auto to the five-speed has lowered fuel consumption to 8.7 l/100km from 9.3, and emissions to 230g/km from 245. Fuel consumption of the 4WD Hilux SR5 V6 Double Cab is rather more, at 13 litres/100km. The five speed manual remains available in eight models across all three body styles.

Single Cab-Chassis models now have body-coloured front bumpers and painted grilles with chrome surrounds, while 4WD Single Cab-Chassis and Extra Cabs wear 17 inch steel rims and Dunlop Grandtrek 225/70R17 all-terrains. 4WD versions of these models now have larger front brakes with vehicle stability control and an Automatic Disconnecting Differential.

All Hiluxes have added standard cabin technology, including 6.1 inch touchscreen display audio systems, Bluetooth hands-free capability and voice control software for audio and phone. An integrated USB/AUX jack is standard and the USB can handle a hub connection, so two USB devices can be plugged in at any time. Cruise control is fitted, as well as steering wheel controls for Multi-Information Display (MID) trip data and the audio and phone systems. SR5s have satellite navigation with SUNA real time traffic updates. A tailgate mounted reversing camera is also standard, and optional on other models.


  1. This reads like a dealers press release.

    1. It can't be, there are no superlatives. But yes, it is based on Toyota-supplied information; is that bad? A review will come later.

  2. Toyota needs much more than this to stop being overtaken by the Ford Ranger.