Toyota Hilux GR Sport driving on gravel

Toyota Hilux GR Sport:165 kW of Attitude. Photo by Toyota

Good News: More economical mild-hybrid Hilux in the works

Mild-hybrid Hilux models will enjoy a 10% improvement in fuel economy.

Toyota Hilux GR Sport driving on gravel

Toyota Hilux GR Sport:165 kW of Attitude. Photo by Toyota

News out of Australia confirms a mild-hybrid Hilux will be introduced in that market in 2024.

Following a visit of high-level executives to Toyota South Africa’s Prospecton plant earlier in the year – including Hiroki Nakajima, Executive Vice President for Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Chief Engineer of Hilux – a new Global and Regional Policy was announced to highlight the company’s multi-pathway approach to carbon neutrality.

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Now, a press release from Toyota Australia, reported on by our colleagues at Drive, suggests a mild-hybrid Hilux is part of this multi-pathway approach and will be available in that market in 2024.


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Toyota Hilux GR-Sport. Image: Motorpress

According to reports, 48-volt technology will be combined with the 2.8-litre turbodiesel GD-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. It comprises an additional battery and small electric motor-generator. The mild-hybrid Hilux will provide a 10% improvement in fuel economy without impacting on towing capacity.

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According to the Toyota website, a 150 kW 2.8-litre GD-6 4×4 Legend Double Cab has a claimed/combined fuel consumption of 7.4 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 195 g/km. A 10% improvement would see these figures drop to 6.6 l/100 km and 175 g/km. This is a worthy improvement that will save customers each month at the pumps.


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Toyota Hilux Legend. Picture: Toyota.

In addition to improved fuel economy and emissions, the mild-hybrid Hilux will gain a stop/start system, improved driveability and reduced Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH). All without compromising on the performance and capability, by maintaining its 3 500 kg braked towing capacity as before.

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There has been no confirmation on a mild-hybrid Hilux from Toyota South Africa as yet. If and when details do become available, we will be provide those for you.