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2016 Toyota HiLux photographed in factory, interior shown

Some more images showing the 2016 Toyota HiLux have leaked online, this time we get to see more detail of the exterior and a glimpse of the interior.

2016 Toyota HiLux-spotted

The image above seemingly proves the previous brochure scan was accurate, as this vehicle presents the same grown-up shape. There’s fuller wheel arches and swollen bumper bars, and a new-look front end and grille area.

It’s understood the new model has grown in size to provide more interior space, with a larger tray at the back helping it compete with the Volkswagen Amarok and its class-benchmarking double-cab tray volume.

As we learned earlier this week the 2016 HiLux is set to drop the current 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder, and instead use a new 2.8-litre turbo-diesel. Leaked specifications revealed a 132kW and 450Nm output for the unit, at least for models in the Thai market.

Toyota Australia is of course yet to announce local specifications and variant lineup details. A revised 2.7-litre petrol four-cylinder is expected to join the local range though, producing around 166kW.

As for the interior, you can see Toyota is giving the heavy-duty ute a more modern cabin package. There’s a large touch-screen interface, which is likely for the higher-end variants, a new sports steering wheel, and a sharper-looking dash design.

A full debut for the 2016 HiLux is tipped to take place in the next month or two at a special event in Thailand. Thailand is one of the most popular markets for utes and dual-cab commercial vehicles, and Australia isn’t far behind.

2016 Toyota HiLux-interior

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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