New Hybrid Hilux confirmed for early 2024

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Published 27 June 2023

Toyota New Zealand Chief Executive, Neeraj Lala, says while he can’t reveal too many details of the hybrid Hilux just yet, it will have a significant impact in the New Zealand ute scene.

The hybrid Hilux will have a 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine and six-speed automatic transmission and comprises an additional 48V battery, electric motor-generator, and other components.

In addition to delivering improved fuel economy, the hybrid system will also enable a stop/start system, improved off-road drivability and reduced noise, vibration, and harshness.

The addition of the hybrid technology will not have any impact on the capability of the Hilux with the 4×4 models maintaining the abilities of the current model including 3,500kg braked towing capacity.  Tow bars are added to 98% of new Hilux sold, so towing capacity will be an important consideration for hybrid Hilux buyers.

Lala mentioned “We have maintained for a long time, that hybrid technology is the best solution to decarbonisation until fully battery electric technology is both available and affordable.  Our ambition is to offer a fully electric Hilux, however, until that is available, hybrid remains the best technology and will only drive our overall emissions down further.”

Further information on the new hybrid Hilux specifications and performance will be available closer to the launch.

Toyota New Zealand expects the first hybrid Hilux units will be available for customer delivery in the first quarter of 2024.

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