18 August 2015 / Vehicles
From its new-look headlights and grille combo to its wider, stronger tray, there’s a lot worth talking about when it comes to the design of the All New Hilux.
The new truck has touched down on New Zealand soil, and the Hilux Team here at Toyota New Zealand, are buzzing to finally take a look at it.
Built with New Zealand’s uniquely harsh environment and rugged landscape in mind, we knew it was going to be tough (it wouldn’t be a Hilux if it wasn’t). But first things first - what about the design?
We’ve got our hands on the 4WD SR5 model. It’s immediately obvious what the Toyota designers were going for. This is a solid, aggressive-looking truck, but with a few refinements thrown in for good measure.
One major improvement is the continuous headlights and grille. It makes the whole truck’s front seem wider and more firmly planted to the ground. When it comes to headlights, the 4WD SR5 and SR5 Limited both have LED low-beams. And Daytime Running Lights (DRL) come as standard – another nice touch.
There’s even a Hilux logo in the headlights. Basically, wherever you look there’s a painstaking amount of attention to detail.
Swing round to the side of the truck and you’ll notice the wheel arches are integrated into the front and rear side panels. They used to be separate panels.
Look at the wheels and you’ll also note the mud flaps have also been redesigned. They’re flat now, so the mud slips right off.
Then there’s the tray. The tailgate stays are now steel, not cord. That means they’ll put up with a lot of heavy use. And there are staggered tie-downs too, so it’s easier to secure your load.
We can’t tell you the exact numbers, but the tray is wider than the previous model. So you can fit your existing toolbox, or dog box in there, no worries.
The tray’s also stronger, thanks to reinforced rib sections all along it.
That’s pretty much all we can say about the design of the All New Hilux for now. In summary, it’s tough, with a wider tray and a more aggressive-looking grille.
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