While the US knows the Toyota revealed the latest updates to the two popular models for Australia.and as the Japanese automaker’s rough-and-tough utility duo, the majority of the world looks to the Hilux and Fortuner as the poster children. On Thursday,
The 2021 Hilux and Fortuner debuted online and pack updated looks and more power from a turbocharged 2.8-liter inline-four diesel engine. It’s unlikely either model foreshadows changes to our Tacoma and 4Runner, but they do look quite good — especially the Fortuner.
The Hilux sports a bigger grille and redone headlights to make for a more modern pickup, while the Fortuner’s facelift seems to nab some familiar design elements found across Toyota’s portfolio. There’s a little bit of Camry. In my eyes, it’s a good-looking SUV. To global buyers, they represent big changes since neither model has received updated looks since 2015., a smidge of and the taillights house shades of
Toyota Hilux, Fortuner look tough and ready for Australia
As for the mechanical updates, the Hilux and Fortuner now boast 201 horsepower from their diesel engines. A gasoline-fed 2.7-liter turbo-four remains, as does a smaller 2.4-liter turbodiesel inline-four as well. For those that opt for the beefiest of the three, the 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine also packs more torque if buyers select the automatic transmission. Now, there’s 369 pound-feet of torque on tap. The figure drops to 309 lb-ft for Hilux models equipped with a manual transmission. All the while, the oil burner is 11% more efficient than before, according to the automaker.
Suspension changes include new bushings, a revised leaf-spring design and tweaked shock absorber tuning to make both models more comfortable every day, but Toyota promises they’ll still hold their own when it’s time to take either the Hilux or Fortuner off-road. Meanwhile, max towing capacity jumps to 7,716 pounds for Hilux 4×4 models and 6,172 pounds for 4×2 models. The Fortuner can tow more, too, and sees an increase to 6,834 pounds.
Interior improvements aren’t as drastic, but now, every Hilux and Fortuner boasts an 8.0-inch touchscreen display that housesand capability, a welcome addition for sure.
The new Hilux will launch this July for Aussie buyers, while the Fortuner arrives in August.
First published June 5.
- DNC, RNC to test limits of virtual events as election enters final stage
- 2018 Cadillac CT6 owners get extended Super Cruise trial, report says
- Fortnite banned by Apple and Google: Everything you need to know
- Ted Lasso on Apple TV Plus: You don’t need to love soccer to love this comedy
- iPhone or Android? Your phone choice could be impacting your dating life
- Helter Skelter: An American Myth director Lesley Chilcott reveals the true Charles Manson
- 2021 Ford GT looks back on vintage endurance racing for Heritage Edition
- Get two free games worth $50 from Epic this week
- USPS is warning election officials that mail-in ballots may not arrive on time