New 2020 Toyota Hilux: 201hp, 500Nm and great new look

  • New 2.8-litre engine for 2020 Hilux facelift – biggest engine of any UK pickup
  • Revised appearance makes Hilux look tougher, revised chassis means it drives better
  • Upgraded interior, improved performance, on sale from November 2020

There’s a new Toyota Hilux pickup, and it looks set to shut down all the criticisms of the current version. A bold new design fronts a revised chassis for improved comfort and – best of all – there’s a new 2.8-litre motor for top-spec models, instantly boosting performance to compete with the most powerful rivals.

With the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, the Volkswagen Amarok and the 3.2-litre Ford Ranger all discontinued, the new Hilux will offer by far the biggest engine capacity of any pickup available in the UK when it goes on sale in November 2020.

Boasting 201hp, 500Nm and improved on- and off-road driving behaviour, Toyota has the makings of a really great truck here for both working and lifestyle buyers – keep reading for all the official info we have so far.

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Is the 2020 Hilux all-new?

Toyota will be referring to it as the new Hilux, but really this is a ‘renewal’ of the existing model, which first went on sale in the UK in 2016. So the fundamental chassis and body structure remain the same.

2020 Toyota Hilux facelift - rear view, Titan Bronze metallic

However, as you can see from the pictures, the panels that clothe that body have been given a really good going over, creating what to our eyes looks like a really handsome and muscular pickup – though we should note that the images released so far are only of the range-topping model.

This will be the Invincible X in the UK, and it benefits from a number of specific body modifications to make it look even tougher. We’ll come back to this below.

So what is new for the 2020 Hilux?

The real crowd-pleaser here is sure to be the new 201hp 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine, which is over a third more powerful than the 150hp 2.4-litre motor (which carries on in lower specification Hilux models). That 500Nm torque figure is also a 25% increase over the 400Nm the existing engine musters.

All of that is going to make a dramatic improvement to the driving experience. But Toyota has also reworked the suspension, fettling the power steering, retuning the shock absorbers, revising the bushes and changing the springs – including the leaf springs at the rear. As a result, it’s said to be much more comfortable than before, especially over sharp bumps.

2020 Toyota Hilux facelift - side view, Titan Bronze metallic

Given the Hilux is already one of the more comfortable pickups, this sounds very promising indeed. It will be interesting to see how it compares to the 2019 Ford Ranger upgrades, and we’re already looking forward to testing it.

Specific visual changes that are worth checking out include the more ‘three-dimensional’ (…!) front grille and bumper design. There are also LED front and rear lights, depending on the trim level, and new 18-inch alloy wheels with a contrast finish. The funky new shade of paint pictured here is called Titan Bronze metallic.

What’s new on the inside?

Inside the new Hilux there’s a redesigned instrument cluster and a substantially upgraded 8.0-inch infotainment system (depending on model). This last is faster, more responsive and comes with actual dials and buttons – so it should be easier to use on the move, especially when travelling over rough ground.

2020 Toyota Hilux facelift - interior

As you’d expect these days, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are on offer, alongside keyless entry and start, sat-nav, automatic air-conditioning and all-round parking sensors. You can also have an 800w JBL sound system.

How many versions are there?

UK trim levels and specification will be announced closer to the new pickup’s launch in November 2020, but we already know the range-topping model will be the Invincible X, with an Invincible just below it.

2020 Toyota Hilux facelift - load bed, Titan Bronze metallic

As before, the Hilux will be offered in a choice of Single Cab, Extra Cab and Double Cab body styles. All have 1.0-tonne payload capacity and 3.5-tonne towing capability.

A wide range of accessories is promised, so customers can ‘personalise their Hilux and equip it to suit their specific work or leisure requirements.’ These include a lockable tailgate, various load covers and a 12v power supply in the load bed.

Any performance details for the new 2.8-litre Hilux?

In addition to the key 201hp and 500Nm figures – these are still to be homologated, but we can’t imagine there will be major changes here – Toyota has revealed that the new 2.8-litre Hilux is substantially faster than the 2.4-litre model, going 0-62mph in 10.0 seconds.

While 0-62mph times probably aren’t the key buying factor for most pickup customers, the 2.4-litre Hilux does feel rather slow on the road, especially in the most luxurious (and therefore heaviest) Double Cab models. And this is born out by the figures, as the 2.4 takes as long as 13.2 seconds to achieve the benchmark.

2020 Toyota Hilux facelift - top view, Titan Bronze metallic

The Hilux 2.8 still isn’t that quick – the now discontinued Mercedes X-Class V6 and most potent VW Amarok V6 models will make the sprint in around seven seconds. But that’s a big enough improvement from Toyota to make a real difference on the road, we’re sure.

The 2.8-litre motor is still a four-cylinder unit, so is unlikely to be as smooth as the old V6 rivals. But it does have a lower idle speed for better refinement and is claimed to return official fuel economy of 36.3mpg, which isn’t too bad (though that is according to the older NEDC standard, rather than the latest WLTP testing procedure). CO2 emissions are 204g/km.

All 2.8-litre Hilux sold in the UK will have four-wheel drive, but there is a choice between a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission. The new engine is standard on the Invincible X and an optional upgrade on the Invincible; the rest of the UK Hilux range will make do with the 2.4-litre engine.

What’s special about the 2020 Hilux Invincible X?

Go for the range-topper, and you get a load of unique bodywork features, including an exclusive grille and front bumper (with skid plate), over-fenders for the wheel arches, specific door handles and a bespoke tailgate. It will be similar to the Hilux in these pictures, though that vehicle isn’t exactly to UK specification.

2020 Toyota Hilux facelift - front grille and bumper with skid plate, Titan Bronze metallic

On the inside, the Invincible X also gets it’s own instrumentation, black metallic and dark chrome trim accents, ‘clear blue’ door trim illumination (presumably not related to the pregnancy testing brand; Toyota may want to rethink that naming choice), and two-tone perforated leather.

There’s even a unique Hilux Invincible X key.

How much does the new 2020 Toyota Hilux cost and when does it go on sale?

No word on pricing or specification for the UK just yet – that will all come nearer to the UK launch, which is set to take place in November 2020. We’ll bring you more info as soon as we have it, and – of course – Parkers will be one the first UK outlets to drive the new Hilux, so look out for our full review soon.

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