The 2021 facelifts of the Toyota Hilux midsize pickup and its sibling – the Fortuner midsize SUV have been unveiled.
The both are primarily built for the Asian markets and Australia. In Thailand, the first deliveries will start this month, order books already opened there.
A Legender version of the Fortuner with more standard equipment and a two-tone finish will be available in this country.
The range arrives in showrooms in late August, 2020.
Exterior updates include bigger grille and bumper, revamped headlights, a fresh set of wheels, LED taillights on certain models.
Apart from the new look, the updates are almost under the skin. The 2021 Toyota Hilux’s 2.8-liter 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine becomes more powerful and now produces 201 hp/150 kW (+27 hp/20 kW) and 369 lb-ft of torque accessible at 1,600 rpm.
This puts the Hilux in line with the competitors – the Ford Ranger and Chevrolet Trailblazer. The 2.4-liter turbo-diesel retains the same (148 hp (imp), 295 lb-ft).
To rise traction and fuel efficiency, the new Hilux’s idling is reduced from 850 to 680 rpm. Toyota has improved the truck’s suspension – shock absorbers and leaf spring structure as well.
The 2021 Hilux got the Toyota Safety Sense driver assist and safety suite at last. In the cabin, there is a new 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
A hot GR Hilux is also underway. All of the above apply to the 2021 Toyota Fortuner.
The updated Hilux range also retains a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine. The 2021 model offers three 6-speed transmissions, including a manual one, 4×2 and 4×4 drive, three body styles (single, extra, double cabs), two configurations (pick-up, cab-chassis) and five equipment levels (Workmate, SR, SR5, Rogue and Rugged X).
The Toyota Hilux’s towing capacity is 7,716 lbs (3,500 kg) now. Previously it was 7,055 lbs (3,200 kg) on the auto and 7,716 lbs on the manual.
The 2021 Fortuner can tow up to 6,843 lbs (3,100 kg) or 661 lbs (300 kg) more than before.