2021 Toyota Hilux Gets More Power, Better Looks, Toyota Safety Sense

The new Toyota Hilux has been given a comprehensive update for the 2021 model year. This includes changes to its design, performance, and safety.

Toyota has finally unveiled the facelifted Hilux, alongside the equally-new Toyota Fortuner. Just like Toyota’s extremely popular three-row midsize SUV/pick-up based passenger vehicle (PPV), the Hilux’s upgrades are just as extensive.

2021 Toyota Hilux Rocco Exterior

2021 Toyota Hilux Exterior

The new Hilux gets two distinct faces. In Thailand, the standard Hilux Revo features a large hexagonal grille that puts it in line with the rest of Toyota’s global pick-up portfolio such as the Tacoma. There’s a more rugged version is called the Rocco, and this model gets a unique front fascia, all-terrain tires, black sports bar, black wheel arches, and black side mirrors. There’s also a new set of 18-inch alloy wheel designs and a pair of sleeker LED taillights.

2021 Toyota Hilux Interior

2021 Toyota Hilux Interior

Interior changes for the Hilux are less comprehensive, though, like the Fortuner, material quality has been upgraded along with the addition of telescoping adjustment for the steering rack. An 8-inch Toyota T-Connect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay is offered in Thailand, along with other features such as a 220V three-pin socket inside the center console.

As for the engine, most variants will be powered by the same 2.4-liter inline-4 turbo diesel engine that produces 150 hp and 343 Nm for the 6-speed manual and 400 Nm for the 6-speed automatic, with both configurations driving the rear wheels. The 2.8-liter diesel engine gets a power bump for this year–now producing 204 hp and 500 Nm of torque. This engine is exclusive to the Rocco and is equipped as standard with a 6-speed automatic and 4WD.

Toyota is also keen to note that the Hilux’s 850 rpm idle has been reduced to 680 rpm for better traction when going off-road and increased fuel efficiency. Toyota also says that the suspension has also been tweaked for better comfort, traction, and handling.

For the first time ever, Toyota Safety Sense–which is the brand’s suite of semi-autonomous driver-assist features, is now available in the Hilux. This includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, just to name a few.

The new Toyota Hilux is now on sale in Thailand, while other markets will follow shortly. This, of course, includes the Philippines.

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