2004, above: Toyota has released a range of accessories designed to protect the load areas of its all wheel and four wheel drive vehicles from dirt and scrapes. The ute body of the HiLux double cab can be shielded by a moulded-to-fit tough plastic liner.
2001 July: Toyota reports that it has sold 11 million Toyota Hiluxes in total, 350,000+ in Australia.
Australian Hiluxes are offered with
a 2.0 litre petrol (80kW at 5200rpm, 166Nm at 2800rpm),
2.7 litre petrol (108kW, 235Nm),
3.0 litre diesel (71kW at 4000rpm, 200Nm at 2600rpm) or
3.0 litre turbo diesel (85kW at 3600rpm, 315Nm at 2000rpm).
2000 November: Toyota has extracted more torque from the turbo diesel engine, raising it to 315Nm at 2000rpm. This engine option is now also available in the single cab ute (pickup) and cab chassis, and the double cab ute.
The 4x4 turbo diesel double cab SR5 continues
but two single cab SR5 models are dropped.
Dual airbags and ABS brakes are options
on 2.7 litre petrol, and diesel Hilux models.
Toyota au --> introduced the option of
a turbocharged diesel engine
for the 2000 model year Toyota Hilux 4WD (right).
The 3-litre, 4-cylinder 1KZ-TE motor delivers 85kW of power at 3600rpm and
295Nm of torque at 2400rpm
1997 late: Toyota Hilux got a major update in late for the 1998 model year. The chassis and body are all new although maintaining a strong visual link with the old Hilux look.
The box-section chassis narrows in the engine bay so that it will fold in and absorb energy in a frontal crash thus protecting the occupants. Driver and passenger airbags, and anti-lock brakes are optional extras. A winch can still be attached to the front although local legislation will have to decide if this is allowed with the air-bag option.
Engine options are the 2.7L, 4-cylinder dohc unit from the Toyota Prado and a 3.0L diesel - not turbo-charged.
The other big change is the dropping of the front live-axle in favour of independent front suspension by double wishbones and upper torsion bars. The rear end has a live axle with leaf springs.
Interior niceties include a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, more comfortable bucket seats, improved storage spaces and radio/cassette sound system. And love it or hate it, the new Hilux still has an "umbrella handle" hand-brake.
Surprisingly, prices have fallen by between $1500 and $2000 compared to the previous 1996/ 1997 model Toyota Hilux. This could make early-1997 buyers quite cross - although run-out discounts were available.
Toyota Hilux 4X4, late 1997...
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