2016 Toyota HiLux on sale in Australia priced from $20,990

Australia’s favourite ute has just been given a major overhaul and now it’s finally on sale in Australia; the 2016 Toyota HiLux.

2016 Toyota HiLux range

The new model is labelled as the “toughest” ever, with a thicker frame, stiffer body, and “beefed-up” suspension and brakes, with even better off-road capability, Toyota says.

All up, there are 31 different variants to choose from in Australia, spanning from single-cab 4×2, to the range-topping dual-cab 4×4. Towing capacity is now up to 3.5 tonnes, with payloads of up to 1240kg.

For those who opt for a diesel engine, there’s a new 2.8-litre turbo four-cylinder producing 130kW and 450Nm with a new six-speed auto (420Nm for six-speed manual), and a fresh 2.4-litre turbo-diesel producing 110kW and 400Nm.

Both diesel engines are more fuel efficient than those they replace, offering improvements of 10 per cent in economy and emissions. For the volume-selling 4×4 SR5, for example, average consumption is rated at 7.6L/100km for the manual, down from 8.3L/100km.

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For the petrol lovers, the 2.7-litre four-cylinder and 4.0-litre V6 carry over, albeit revised. The 2.7 now produces 122kW and 245Nm (up 6kW and 5Nm), while the V6 retains its 175kW and 376Nm output. Economy has been improved, with the 2.7 offering a best average of 10.4L/100km, and the V6 offering 11.5L/100km (down from 11.7-12L/100km, depending on variant). All engines are now Euro 5 compliant.

In terms of creature comforts and cabin features, all models have a 12-volt socket, with the SR5 variants coming with two (SR5 double cabs also get a 220-volt socket), while the front seats offer a greater range of adjustment. SR and SR5 models have a 60:40 split-fold rear seat with a central armrest, and Workmate models now come with a 6.1-inch touch-screen multimedia system.

The complete range is covered by Toyota Service Advantage which includes capped-price servicing ($180 each) for three years or 60,000km (whichever comes first). See below for the full price list (excludes on-roads). We are aiming to review the new model as soon as we can.

4X2 Single Cab (cab chassis) Towing Payload Priced from
Workmate, 2.7 P, man2500kg1225kg$20,990
Workmate, 2.7 P, auto2500kg1210kg$22,990
Workmate, 2.4 TD, man2500kg1240kg$24,990
SR, 2.8 TD, man2500kg1235kg$28,490
4×2 Extra Cab (pick-up)   
SR, 2.8 TD, man2500kg1040kg$35,490
4×2 Double Cab (pick-up)   
Workmate, 2.7 P, man2500kg1035kg$30,690
Workmate, 2.7 P, auto2500kg1025kg$32,690
Workmate, 2.4 TD, man2500kg1020kg$33,990
SR, 4.0 P, auto2500kg1015kg$41,990
Hi-Rider SR, 2.8 TD, man2800kg1000kg$39,990 (new)
Hi-Rider SR, 2.8 TD, auto2800kg1000kg$41,990 (new)
Hi-Rider SR5, 2.8 TD, man2800kg1000kg$47,990 (new)
4×4 Single Cab (cab chassis)   
Workmate, 2.4 TD, man3200kg1225kg$36,990 (new)
Workmate, 2.4 TD, auto3000kg1225kg$38,990 (new)
SR, 2.8 TD, man3500kg1205kg$39,490
SR, 2.8 TD, auto3200kg1205kg$41,490
4×4 Extra Cab (cab chassis)   
Workmate, 2.4 TD, man3200kg1120kg$40,490
4×4 Extra Cab (pick-up)   
SR, 2.8 TD, man3500kg1005kg$44,490
SR5, 2.8 TD, man3500kg1010kg$51,990
4×4 Double Cab (cab chassis)  
SR, 2.8 TD, man3500kg1045kg$44,990
SR, 2.8 TD, auto3200kg1045kg$46,990
4×4 Double Cab (pick-up)   
Workmate, 2.4 TD, man3200kg955kg$43,990 (new)
Workmate, 2.4 TD, auto3000kg955kg$45,990 (new)
SR, 4.0 P, auto3000kg1000kg$48,490 (new)
SR, 2.8 TD, man3500kg920kg$46,490
SR, 2.8 TD, auto3200kg920kg$48,490
SR5, 4.0 P, auto3000kg1000kg$55,990
SR5, 2.8 TD, man3500kg925kg$53,990
SR5, 2.8 TD, auto3200kg925kg$55,990
SR5, 2.8 TD, man3500kg925kg$55,990
SR5, 2.8 TD, auto3200kg925kg$57,990

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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.