It may not seem this way, but for four years the new Toyota Hilux has been on sale, which means a midlife makeover is due. With that said, these expected changes could happen this year 

The cards feature a 2.8 liter GD-6 engine and the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a range of card updates. It is easy to understand that these improvements come as a major upgrade of the Ford Ranger in 2019, and a new Isuzu D-Max is being introduced in 2021. Wait for any improvements in cosmetics, too.

There is no mention at this point when the model hits South Africa as our cars are here made and the Hilux bakers from Australia come from Thailand, but the SA models appear to mimic the Thai counterparts in most respects, so it is likely that local cars will be modified in similar ways.

CarAdvice said that Hilux would be given “stronger” design on the front, but it is the expected update of the present 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine that is the big news for local fans.

It is important to note that Toyota Hilux Aussie-spec models have Toyota Safety Sense technology, which SA-specific models do not yet have. Could you ask yourself if this has anything to do with South Africa, but because the Australian car market is much like ours, we thought we should make an official statement to Toyota South Africa. Australia also feels obsessed with bakkies, like South Africa, and Hilux is one of their top sellers. A Toyota South African spokesperson said, “We’ll get these models, but not now. Australia’s timing is very different because they don’t supply SA vehicles.” Furthermore, SA-single models such as the Legend 50 and Dakar bridge the gap and improve the life of our existing Hilux products.

The upgrade comes five years after the latest version of Toyota Hilux, which is on sale and built to keep the car fresh in the midst of the new competition including the all-new Isuzu D-Max that will take place at the same time in showrooms and the all new Ford Ranger that will take place next year.

Dealers were informed that the new Toyota Hilux would arrive in late July and early August, but the global COVID-19 outbreak was not expected. When the sales of the runout model are slowed down, the Hilux update can be retrofitted.

Toyota will be pleased to see the arrival of an updated Hilux as the rivalry between the Ford Ranger is rising – along with other models such as the coming Isuzu D-Max new generation, the revamped 2020 Nissan Navara range and the sharply priced Mitsubishi Triton line-up.

By Noni Nchwe