2016 Toyota Hilux (2016 Fortuner pickup) to be revealed on May 21 - Report

04/05/2015 - 10:59 | ,  ,   | Anjan Ravi

New Fortuner expected to be revealed by July.

According to reports coming from Thailand, Toyota will unveil the next generation 2016 Hilux pickup on May 21, 2015. The Hilux Revo model will be revealed on this date, while sales in Thailand and other important Asian countries will start later in the year.

2016 Toyota Hilux IAB rendering
The new Hilux will reportedly get new diesel engines.

What we know thus far on the new Hilux is that it will be based on a new, or heavily re-engineered version of Toyota's IMV (Innovative International Multipurpose Vehicle) platform. The new generation pickup will continue with its predecessor's petrol engine, but the diesel engine range will be updated.

Starting the diesel range is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder unit with 164 hp and 343 Nm (160 hp and 400 Nm in case of the AT) while a larger 2.8-liter with 174 hp and 420 Nm (450 Nm in case of the AT) will cater to customers seeking better performance. These engines replace the 2.5- and 3.0-liter diesel engines respectively.

2016 Toyota Hilux interior leaked
The interior of the new Hilux with the floating center console. Image credit - AutoBlog

For the first time on the Hilux, Toyota will offer dual driving modes - Eco and Power - by which the driver can choose better fuel efficiency over performance or vice-versa. Spyshots have shown that the interior is heavily redesigned with top-end models getting a 'floating center console' touchscreen infotainment system.

Also read: Toyota Corolla Hybrid with a new front unveiled at the Auto Shanghai 2015

Post the unveiling of the new Hilux, Toyota will take the wraps of the next generation Fortuner which would be based on the same underpinnings as the Hilux. A Thai unveiling of the new Fortuner is expected to take place by July this year.

Rivals:  Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max, Nissan Navarra, Chevrolet Colorado
Expected Launch: Unveiling expected in June 2015 in Thailand

[Source - HiluxRevoThailand]

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