2016 Toyota Hilux (next gen Fortuner pickup) spotted testing [Update]

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Update 1 – The new generation Hilux was snapped in Bangkok yet again, this time next to the current generation Hilux Vigo.

2016 Toyota Hilux – Spyshot Gallery

[Spyshots from MZ Cars]

Both Hilux and Fortuner are expected to be revealed this year.

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota is developing the next generation versions of the Hilux pick-up, which will also share its platform and design with the next India-bound Toyota Fortuner. A video of a test mule has been posted, giving us an idea of what it would look like on the road.

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The test mule in question is the Hilux Vigo variant in the double-cab, four door configuration. The body is influenced by Toyota’s current design language, as seen in spyshots of a pre-production model before. The mule sports a new, longer dual slat grille flanked by a set of redesigned headlamps, and a new front bumper design.

Toyota will retain a ladder-frame setup for the next Hilux, which will also underpin the next generation Fortuner.

2016 Toyota Hilux spied front
The mule sports a new, longer dual slat grille flanked by a set of redesigned headlamps, and a new front bumper design.

Reports speculate that Toyota would fit newly developed diesel engines on the forthcoming utility vehicles, although further details are scarce at the moment. The current Hilux/Fortuner is available with either a 3.0- or a 2.5-liter D-4D diesel engine that produces 171 hp/343 Nm and 144 hp/343 Nm, respectively.

2016 Toyota Hilux spied rear three quarter
Toyota will retain the ladder-frame chassis for the next Hilux, which will also underpin the next generation Fortuner.

Also Read: Toyota Vios (Honda City rival) caught testing in Bengaluru – Spied [Update]

It’s likely that Toyota Kirloskar Motor would launch the new Fortuner in the Indian market in early-2016.

Competitors: Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max, Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Navarra
Expected Launch: Later this year (Thailand)

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