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2016 Toyota HiLux specifications leaked, new 2.8TD & six-speed auto

Specifications for the 2016 Toyota HiLux have seemingly been revealed at a special function in Thailand, where a member took a photo of the lineup overview.

2016 Toyota HiLux specifications

The specs were flashed up onto a screen during some sort of conference in Thailand, confirming some of the powertrain details. A photo showing the details was then posted up onto Indian Autos blog. It looks like the next-gen ute will come with new 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre engines, with outputs spanning from 110kW and 343Nm, to 130kW and 450Nm.

As expected, these will be offered with a new six-speed automatic which replaces the ageing five-speed auto. By the looks of it, a six-speed manual will also be offered for some entry-level variants.

It’s unclear if all of these options will make it to Australia, but it certainly seems we’ll get the new 2.8. Toyota has been using the current 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder with little change for 10 years. An updated unit is overdue.

With these new engines, and particularly the downsized 2.8, economy is set to improve by quite a bit. The six-speed auto will probably contribute to lowering consumption as well.

At this stage we’ve still only seen one main image showing the exterior (below), even though it hasn’t been officially confirmed if the image is legitimate. The body is expected to grow slightly providing more interior space, with a larger tray capacity in the back.

A full debut is probably just around the corner now considering there are conferences already underway. We’ll keep you updated when we hear more.


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.

  • Rav

    Can’t say much untill official spec’s are released by Toyota.
    Surely Hilux is built in Thailand but Australia always gets engines slightly powerful than Asia/Pacific region. 2014 SR5 offered an engine that was 2.5L turbo in Fiji, PNG etc that Aussies never knew about.

    We’ve waited 10+ years few more months won’t hurt. Hopefully 2.8 Twin turbo.
    Towing ratings can’t say much cuz Landcruiser can tow more whereas Nissan, Ford, Mazda, Colorado, and Dmax don’t have big SUV’S so they should Tow more, where as Toyota has Prado and 200 Series Landcruiser.
    Besides ppl say oh we need big Towing Ratings but in reality they Tow Dingy boats or a small Tool trailer.
    95+% buyers in Australia just use it go to work. Those who actually go FWD driving take Hilux’s cuz welll u come back in 1 piece.