Toyota to bring hybrid power to Hilux pickup in 2024
It comes following Ford’s plans to launch a plug-in hybrid Ranger next year
The Toyota Hilux has been a staple in the automotive world for decades, racking up over 21 million sales since its debut in 1968. But until now, it has never ventured into the realm of electric assistance.
That is now set to change with the introduction of the Hilux Hybrid 48V, which is set to grace European roads in mid-2024.
The Hilux Hybrid 48V utilises a 48V mild-hybrid system, meaning it cannot solely rely on electric power for propulsion. The existing truck’s 2.8-litre diesel engine is paired with a belt-driven motor generator that charges a 48V battery located beneath the rear seats. Once charged, the battery delivers an additional 16bhp and 65Nm of torque.
Toyota claims the Hilux Hybrid also boasts enhancements over the standard Hilux in other areas, including improved braking performance and a smoother ride.
The stop-start system allows the engine to remain off for longer periods when coasting, which reduces engine noise and boosts fuel economy by up to five per cent, according to Toyota. Additionally, the electric assistance provides a quicker throttle response from standstill.
The hybrid Hilux also features enhanced adjustability to the truck's stability control, with five pre-set options available - Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow or Rock, with a wading depth of up to 700mm.
The Hilux Hybrid will only be available in the Invincible or Invincible X specifications, with the range-topping GR version also going without.
Toyota has yet to reveal the pricing of the Hilux Hybrid when it arrives next summer it’s anticipated to cost from £35,000 in the Invincible trim.