When someone mentions pickup truck, the Hilux is definitely the first name that comes to my mind. For many decades, this truck is the leading pickup truck all around the world. Spectacular off-road capabilities, amazing working characteristics and unmatchable reliability are the things that characterized pretty much all versions, including the current one, eighth-generation model. The current model is on the market since 2015, but we’ve already seen a facelift, which has brought a completely new face, as well as  a couple of other visual changes. Considering this early update, the 2022 Toyota Hilux is expected to come without more important novelties.

Pros

  • Unmatchable reputation and reliability
  • World-class off-road capability
  • Great towing ratings
  • Wide palette of engines
  • Refined cabin

Cons

  • Price is a little bit higher compared to rivals
  • A couple of hard-plastics areas on the inside

Exterior

Inspired by the North American sibling, Tacoma, this pickup truck came significantly updated last year. We saw lots of aesthetical upgrades, especially at the front end, where you can notice a new massive grille, as well as a completely new bumper, with new fog lights, bigger air intakes and sharper design. All these novelties indicate that the 2022 Toyota Hilux could bring nothing more than a few more colors and similar minor aesthetical updates. In terms of mechanics, we don’t expect to see changes until a complete redesign, which shouldn’t happen in next couple of years.

Interior

Despite the fact that the Hilux is an ultimate working machine, the interior looks pretty upscale. Once you step inside this truck, you will notice real car-like design. Hi-quality materials and attractive dashboard design are first things you’ll notice. Also, there is a pretty long list of standard equipment, even in the most basic versions. The 2022 Toyota Hilux could bring a couple of novelties in terms of standard equipment. Other than that, we will see a very familiar cabin layout. Some reports suggest a luxury version of the truck in the future, with a more upscale cabin. However, we won’t speculate until we hear something from the officials.

Engines

A long list of engines in the offer seems like a natural thing in this case. The 2022 Toyota Hilux will continue to be offered around the world, with different types of engines in the offer. A refined 2.8-liter diesel engine seems like a perfect choice for the European market. It delivers 177 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. On the other side, some part of the world would require something more rugged, like an older-generation 3.0-liter diesel unit with around 165 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.

Gasoline engines are available in some markets too. Count on a familiar 2.7-liter inline-four which delivers around 160 horsepower. Still, a large 4.0-liter V6 remains the most reliable choice, with its 235 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque.

2020 Toyota Hilux Release Date and Price

The 2022 Toyota Hilux won’t feature bigger changes, so we don’t expect to see it before late 2019. Base models should go around $25,000.