Toyota Hilux now continue to dominate sales of pickup trucks in Europe to achieve sales of around 21,866 units in 2010, representing nearly 25% of total sales in the market. It is capable of making the Toyota sales lead segment for three consecutive years. With the launch of the 2012 Hilux, Toyota is introducing a new design and further improve the model known quality, durability and reliability.
New interior of the 2012 Toyota Hilux’s been extensively revised, with a sophisticated design that the truck’s credentials as an enhanced recreational vehicle. It offers improved sensory quality in the cabin, passenger cars and the level of convenience.
The interior features a new upper dashboard design with a new, horizontal center speaker instrument cluster enhances the width and roominess of the cabin. It includes Toyota Touch, a 6.1 “full color, touch screen multimedia unit. Perceived quality is greatly improved by the adoption of even darker ends with a more consistent color in the interior, and the addition of silver ornamentation.
The front of the 2012 Toyota Hilux has been completely redesigned from the A-pillar forward, with a new hood, grille, headlights and front bumper. The vehicle profile is further enhanced by newly designed front and rear fender, newly designed 15 “and 17″ steel and alloy wheels, and new mirrors. To ensure a stronger differentiation between the ‘workhorse’, ‘dual use’ and ‘leisure’ versions, the 2012 Hilux is now available in four grades: DLX, the new DLX + SR and SR+ .
Fulfilling a ‘workhorse’/'dual usage’ role, the brand new DLX+ grade is available with 2WD or 4WD 2.5 D-4D powertrains mated to a manual transmission in Single Cab, Extra Cab and Double Cab body styles, and with a 4WD 3.0 D-4D powertrain and manual transmission as a Double Cab only.
With a choice of three body types, two engines, manual and automatic transmission and two- or four-wheel drive, Europe’s pick-up of choice now satisfies the requirements of an even wider professional and leisure customer base. Through the introduction of variable nozzle turbocharging, 2012 Toyota Hilux 2WD 2.5 D-4D models benefit from a 24 hp increase in power. The engine now develops 144 hp at 3600 rpm and 343 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm.
Despite this power increase, combined cycle fuel consumption has been reduced by 1.0 l/100 km to 7.3 l/100 km and CO2 emissions lowered by 26 g/km to only 193 g/km. In addition, 2012 Toyota Hilux 2WD versions are now equipped with the more robust chassis design of 4WD models. This not only improves vehicle ground clearance, but also increases the two-wheel drive models’ towing capacity to 2.5 tons. Produced at Toyota Motor Thailand and Toyota South Africa Motors, the 2012 Toyota Hilux will be available in 36 European countries, and more than 135 throughout the world.
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