The much-anticipated unveiling of the 2025 Toyota HiLux is anticipated to occur in the first half of 2025, with Toyota Australia showrooms expected to feature this new model in the latter part of the same year. However, it’s essential to note that this timeline might be subject to alterations due to unforeseen delays.
Positioning Against Rivals: 2025 Toyota HiLux and Current Models
Upon its launch, the 2025 Toyota HiLux will dethrone the current HiLux on showroom floors, which made its debut back in 2015. This change will make the current HiLux the oldest vehicle in its class, except for the long-standing Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series.
Investment in Upgrades: Enhancing the Current Toyota HiLux
The scheduled 2025 release date and the aging presence of the current HiLux have driven Toyota to invest significantly in engineering upgrades for the existing model. This investment has notably focused on the flagship Rogue and GR Sport editions, aiming to keep the current version competitive until its replacement arrives.
Competitor Dynamics and Pressure Faced
The existing Toyota HiLux has faced intensified competition from revamped competitors in recent years. Models like the new Isuzu D-Max and Mazda BT-50 in 2020, GWM Ute in 2021, Ford Ranger in 2022, and Volkswagen Amarok in April 2023 have added pressure in the segment.
Anticipated Arrival: 2025 Toyota HiLux Timeline
The launch of the all-new 2025 Toyota HiLux is anticipated around nine months following the next-generation Nissan Navara and LDV T60 (expected in late 2024 or early 2025). Moreover, it’s slated to arrive approximately 18 months after the new Mitsubishi Triton, projected to debut in early 2024.
Speculations on the Next-Gen 2025 Toyota HiLux
Limited technical details are available about the upcoming 2025 Toyota HiLux, including the possibility of a turbo-diesel V6 option. Toyota, known for its discretion regarding future model plans, maintains confidentiality as the vehicle is still years away from showroom floors.
Platform and Technological Speculations
The next Toyota HiLux is expected to be built on an entirely new platform—akin to the TNGA-F chassis utilized in the new Toyota Tundra pick-up, Toyota Tacoma pick-up, and the LandCruiser 300 Series 4WD.
Shift in Underpinnings and Power Options
This transition to a new platform follows significant enhancements to the current Toyota HiLux, indicating potential changes such as rear disc brakes, longer axles for a broader footprint, and outboard rear shock absorbers for selected models.
Electrification Plans and Potential Powertrain Options
Toyota’s plan to introduce electrified power across its lineup, including the HiLux, by the end of the decade remains steadfast. However, whether the HiLux will adopt hybrid, electric, or hydrogen technology remains uncertain.
Considering Powertrain Choices for the 2025 Toyota HiLux
While hybrid technology is a probable option, Toyota doesn’t rule out other technologies suitable for the HiLux. Whether the HiLux will incorporate a hybrid system with diesel fuel—a popular choice among Australian buyers—is yet to be confirmed.
Meeting Power Demands: Potential Engine Options
The possibility of Toyota addressing the call for more power by introducing a turbocharged six-cylinder petrol or diesel engine remains to be seen. This could position the HiLux against competitors like the Ford Ranger turbo-diesel V6 and Ranger Raptor twin-turbo petrol V6.
Comparison of Power Outputs: Current vs. Potential
The most potent version of the current HiLux—the GR Sport—delivers 165kW/550Nm from a 2.8-litre turbo four-cylinder diesel engine, slightly less than the Ford Ranger’s 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 generating 184kW/600Nm.
Technological Advancements and Possible Upgrades
The current HiLux lags in technology compared to the Ford Ranger. Hence, the next model might adopt new-generation infotainment software and twin widescreen displays similar to Toyota’s latest family SUVs.