Toyota HILUX 2012
Will the gentlemanly vibe of the new HILUX rub off at work we wonder? Perhaps labourers will be letting old ladies cross the road, buying the Guardian and eating porrige for breakfast? Mind those paw prints on your new Toyota Touch multimedia unit and there’s no excuse to keep ramming the rear-end of it either as you’ve got a rear view camera. You can even stick all your favourite classical music on a USB now too as there’s a compatible port.
* Hilux restyled with all-new front end for 2012 model year
* New interior styling creates a more car-like environment
* Introduction of Toyota Touch with touchscreen multimedia unit, plus rear view camera, Bluetooth and USB port
* Addition of diesel particulate filter (DPF) to both engines ensures compliance with Euro 5 emissions standards, reduced CO2 output and increased fuel economy
* Lowest in class CO2 emissions of 194 g/km for 2.5-litre Double Cab
* On sale from October, priced from £16,090 CV OTR for HL2 4WD Single Cab
Toyota’s “indestructible” Hilux has a new look and new hi-tech features for 2012. The redoubtable pick-up has been given a comprehensive re-style from the A-pillar forwards, with a new bonnet, radiator grille, headlamps and bumper, plus new wheel designs and new side bars and steps for the top-of-the-range Hilux Invincible.
The interior has been given a new look, too, with new upper dashboard design and horizontal instrument cluster that emphasise the breadth and roominess of the cabin.
The revised lay-out incorporates the new Toyota Touch multimedia unit with a full colour 6.1-inch touchscreen. The Touch package, fitted as standard to the HL3 and Invincible models also includes Bluetooth and a USB port for connecting digital music players.
The quality feel of the cabin has been improved with new, uniform dark finishes and new chrome surround for the instrument binnacle on the Invincible.
The 2012 Hilux carries forward its current engines, the 142bhp 2.5 D-4D and 169bhp 3.0 D-4D units, but these now comply with the Euro 5 light commercial vehicle emissions standards ahead of their introduction at the beginning of next year, thanks to the adoption of a diesel particulate filter (DPF).
As a result of the adjustments to the engines, CO2 emissions for the 2.5 D-4D (Double Cab) have been cut by more than 10 per cent to 194g/km, becoming best in class and combined fuel consumption has also improved by more than 10 per cent to 38.7mpg (all bodystyles).
The emissions figure for the 3.0 D-4D Double Cab automatic has fallen to 227g/km and the manual to 203g/km. Combined fuel consumption figures are improved from 31.7 to 32.8mpg and 34.0 to 36.7mpg respectively.
The standard five-speed manual transmission and the optional five-speed automatic for the 3.0 D-4D engine, exclusive to the Invincible, are also retained.
Similarly the grade line-up of HL2, HL3 and Invincible, and the choice of single, extra and double cab bodystyles are offered for the 2012 model year.
From launch, Hilux will be available with a comprehensive choice of accessory packs to tailor the vehicle to suit the needs of both business users and those owners who need to use Hilux for more everyday driving duties, or want to give their vehicle an extra dash of style.
The 2012 Hilux goes on sale in the UK in October and prices are below.
MODEL BODYSTLE CV OTR PRICE*
HL2 4WD 2.5-litre Single Cab £16,090
HL2 4WD 2.5-litre Extra Cab £16,890
HL2 4WD 2.5-litre Double Cab £17,790
HL3 4WD 2.5-litre Double Cab £18,890
Invincible 4WD 3.0-litre MT Double Cab £20,590
Invincible 4WD 3.0-litre AT Double Cab £21,490
*Commercial vehicle on the road price