2012 Toyota Hilux – Click above for high-res image gallery

When we think of Toyota icons, we tend to think of vehicles like the Prius, Land Cruiser, or perhaps the Corolla, the world's best-selling nameplate. But entire towns have been built and many wars have been fought on the back of Toyota's Hilux pickup. Celebrated the world over for its legendary ruggedness and anvil-like reliability, it's been the workhorse of choice everywhere from Africa to Antarctica for decades. In other words, the debut of a new Hilux qualifies as a genuinely important development in global transportation.

And while this isn't an all-new model, there are a raft of changes worth noting for the new year. Starting with the obvious, the 2012 Hilux receives a completely new front clip, including new fenders headlights, bumper, hood, and three-bar grille. Additional changes include updated rear fenders, as well as new mirrors and alloy wheel designs.

Inside, the changes are mostly minor, though there's a new upper dashboard piece and an available 6.1-inch touchscreen multimedia system. Beyond that, Toyota cites "greater colour consistency throughout" and some silver trim bits as key changes.

Underhood, the diesel-powered two-wheel-drive Hilux 2.5 D-4D gets a new variable nozzle turbo to boost power to 144 horses (+24) and 253 pound-feet of torque, all while lowering fuel consumption.

Overall, the Hilux is available in three bodystyles with two engines and transmissions, along with two- or four-wheel drive. Check out our high-res gallery below and learn more in the official press release after the jump.

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Hilux 2012, new design and more power

The renowned Toyota Hilux continues to dominate European pick-up sales. Vehicle sales totalled 21,866 in 2010, representing almost 25% of the market share. This makes the Toyota pick-up the segment sales leader for the third consecutive year.

With the launch of the Hilux 2012, Toyota introduces a new design and further improves the model's renowned quality, durability and reliability.

The Hilux 2012's new interior has been extensively revised with a refined design which reinforces the pick-up's credentials as a leisure vehicle. It offers improved sensory quality throughout the cabin, and passenger car levels of convenience.

The interior features a new upper dashboard design in which a new, horizontal centre instrument cluster reinforces the breadth and roominess of the cabin. It incorporates Toyota Touch, a 6.1", full colour, touch screen multimedia unit.

Perceived quality has been significantly improved through the adoption of uniformly darker finishes with a greater colour consistency throughout the interior, and the addition of silver ornamentation.

The front of the Hilux 2012 is entirely redesigned from the A pillar forwards, with a new bonnet, radiator grille, headlamps and front bumper. The vehicle profile is further enhanced by newly designed front and rear wings, redesigned 15" and 17" steel and alloy wheels, and new door mirrors.

In order to create a stronger differentiation between 'workhorse', 'dual usage' and 'leisure' versions, the Hilux 2012 is now available in four grades: DLX, the new DLX+, SR and SR+.

Fulfilling a 'workhorse'/'dual usage' role, the brand new DLX+ grade is available with 2WD or 4WD 2.5 D-4D powertrains mated to a manual transmission in Single Cab, Extra Cab and Double Cab body styles, and with a 4WD 3.0 D-4D powertrain and manual transmission as a Double Cab only.

With a choice of three body types, two engines, manual and automatic transmission and two- or four-wheel drive, Europe's pick-up of choice now satisfies the requirements of an even wider professional and leisure customer base.

Through the introduction of variable nozzle turbocharging, Hilux 2012 2WD 2.5 D-4D models benefit from a 24 hp increase in power. The engine now develops 144 hp at 3600 rpm and 343 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm.

Despite this power increase, combined cycle fuel consumption has been reduced by 1.0 l/100 km to 7.3 l/100 km and CO2 emissions lowered by 26 g/km to only 193 g/km.

In addition, Hilux 2012 2WD versions are now equipped with the more robust chassis design of 4WD models. This not only improves vehicle ground clearance, but also increases the two-wheel drive models' towing capacity to 2.5 tons.

Thanks to the adoption of a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) both 2.5 D-4D and 3.0 D-4D engines are now EURO V compliant.

Produced at Toyota Motor Thailand and Toyota South Africa Motors, the Hilux 2012 will be available in 36 European countries, and more than 135 throughout the world.

With anticipated European sales of almost 26,000 units in 2011, the Toyota Hilux success story is set to continue.


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      CD
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Hilux is the best selling vehicle virtually every month here in South Africa: this new one will definitely keep that tradition going.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      the front has a Subaru forester look about it.
      imoore
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, it seems if you want one, you'll have to move to Mexico, because it won't be coming to the states. We may as well get used to seeing a facelifted Tacoma, or possibly a Prius pickup.
      You guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this the Tacoma in the states? Or are they actually separate vehicles entirely?
        imoore
        • 3 Years Ago
        @You guy
        Separate vehicles. The closest we'll ever come to a Hilux in the states is the 4Runner.
        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @You guy
        It's a shame we'll probably never see this state side.
        raymund_almendares
        • 2 Years Ago
        @You guy
        It actually is with some minor differences Hilux being deisel and Tacoma being gas engine bec of US emission laws and CAFE, and some body panel changes. Watch Top Gear Polar Special, it's the first production vehicle to reach North Pole. I have a 2008 Double Cab Prerunner (2WD) Tacoma. It won 2005 or 2006 Motor Trend Truck of the Year.
        Bruce Lee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @You guy
        They've been separate for many years now. Never say never though.
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      is this the Tacoma in the US?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
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          wilkegm
          • 3 Years Ago
          That is simply not true. People say this over and over, but its just wrong: the Taco and Hilux have very similar dimensions and weights. The Taco is a little wider, but only due to fender flares.
          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          Where did you find out that the Tacoma is "much larger" than the Hilux? Because, if anything, the Hilux looks bigger than the Tacoma.
          Bruce Lee
          • 3 Years Ago
          WillieD...the Tacoma is definitely much larger. They used to be the same vehicle but Toyota stretched the Tundra over time into a much larger truck.
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      So will Toyota sell a version of it here alongside the Tundra?
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      The eurotrash will be pleased.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
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          Tone
          • 3 Years Ago
          Cause no other automaker in the world is protected and/or supported by their government via various means. Yeah, not a one...
      Dynamho
      • 3 Years Ago
      The best truck in the world.
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dynamho
        Sorry, tha'd be the F-150
          Bruce Lee
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          Just so you know, the Hilux is both the best selling truck in the world and the best selling vehicle in the world. The F-150 might hold that title here in the U.S. but everywhere else it's Hiluxes, Hiluxes, and more Hiluxes. In many countries you see the Hilux being used for EVERYTHING. Hilux taxis, Hilux work trucks, everything.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Basil Exposition
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          Airborne
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          He said world, not America.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        JaredN
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yup. I'd even take a diesel Taco. But fullsize pickup is just way too big for me (and where I have to park).
        Robert Ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        It is actually Tacoma sized. Almost as big as a full size Pickup.
        Bruce Lee
        • 3 Years Ago
        In all honesty I'm guessing it'd be too costly to sell in volume here.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Hilux is what would have/should have come out of Ford or GM if they actually had a world-centric view of the automotive business. Instead we have a US-centric view and thus these companies churn out behemoths like the F150 and Silverado. Detroit LOOOOVE to pretend that they are the pickup capital, but when it comes right down to it, Detroit's full-size pickups don't sell anywhere outside of North America. Too big, too heavy, too cumbersome, too thirsty and up until recently, too poorly made. Toyota on the other hand churns out pickups like the Hilux by the boatload and sells them in every corner of the world and has been doing that for decades now.
        You guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Just like Nissan does with the Patrol SUV. Why can't we get a bloody Patrol in the states??
          imoore
          • 3 Years Ago
          @You guy
          We do. It's called Infiniti QX56.
      jbphoto
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another good looking smaller truck that us Americans can't have...
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