1 Sep 2015
For its eighth-generation HiLux, Toyota set out to make the venerable pick-up "tougher" than ever, choosing Australia's unforgiving and diverse landscape as the perfect location for a rigorous six-year development tenure.
A beefier ladder chassis was borrowed from the Toyota Prado for increased stiffness and durability off-road, while some panels were constructed of thicker materials to prevent easy deformation.
Kerb weight increased by about 150kg but a pair of more frugal and powerful diesel engines offset the difference, alongside the returning petrol V6 and in-line four-cylinder powertrains.
In typical light commercial vehicle style, Toyota offered the 2015 HiLux in a choice of 30 different versions, with various combinations of single cab, extra cab or double cab, cab chassis or pick up, 4x4 or 2x4, and manual or automatic transmissions.