The origins of Australia’s favourite crammer date aback to 1968 aback the aboriginal N10 bearing Toyota HiLux fabricated its admission in Japan, replacing the Toyopet Light Stout.
Since those aboriginal days, the HiLux has gone through eight generations. It’s baffled the apple too, awash in 180 countries.
Even those analeptic lovin’ Yanks accepted the HiLux through several ancestors afore Toyota appear the US-market Tacoma, spelling the end of the HiLux in the US.
With the new Toyota HiLux about to hit our roads, what bigger time to attending aback through the ancestors that came before.
The aboriginal HiLux fabricated its admission in Japan in March 1968 and was advised and developed by Toyota subsidiary, Hino Motors, at its bulb in Hamura in Tokyo.
The aboriginal abbreviate wheelbase HiLux featured Toyota’s 2R 1.5-litre, inline four-cylinder agent with 57kW. Power was beatific to the rear auto via a four-speed chiral chiral and aback absorbed up on the Tōmei Expressway, Toyota claimed a top acceleration of 130km/h.
Three bodies could ride in the single-cab HiLux while burden was rated at 1000kg. The tub abstinent 1850mm long.
A connected wheelbase adaptation followed in 1969 while in 1971, the admirable 2R agent fabricated way for a hardly beyond 1.6-litre inline four (12R) with 66kW.
Exports began about anon and in a arrow to the future, in 1968 Australia became the aboriginal country alfresco of Japan to accept the HiLux.
Hitting Japanese showrooms in May, 1972, the second-gen (N20) HiLux retained the N10’s underpinnings, including the 1.6-litre 12R four-pot. With a revised face, the tubs of both the abbreviate wheelbase and connected wheelbase models were connected by 10mm and 45mm respectively, although burden remained at 1000kg.
Inside, greater abundance greeted the three occupants while a ‘Highway’ archetypal with its 2.0-litre inline four (code 18R) offered about 78kW for smoother alive on expressways. Additionally, a three-speed automated was alternative alongside the accepted four-speed manual.
In the US, a beyond and added able 2.2-litre inline four (20R) was accessible as was a added comfortable SR5 trim level. The US additionally had the advantage of a five-speed chiral transmission. And while the HiLux remained on auction in the US until able-bodied into the 1990s, the ‘HiLux’ name was alone in favour of the banal ‘Toyota Truck’ in 1973.
Toyota ramped up the HiLux with its third-generation model, which started rolling off the assembly band in September, 1978. Abutting the approved rear-wheel drive models for the aboriginal time was a 4WD alternative and diesel-powered motivation.
As able-bodied as a revised face, the new-gen HiLux denticulate some massaging beneath the skin, including a added advanced and rear track. The advanced abeyance was uprated too, application its double-wishbone blueprint but bottomward braid springs in favour of a bewilderment bar.
Several variants were available, three short- and four connected wheelbase utilising a array of powertrains anatomy the bounden 1.6-litre inline four to a beefier 2.4-litre inline four-cylinder (22R) with 72kW. Additionally, a four-cylinder 2.4-litre agent (L) was offered or the aboriginal time, with 53kW and 127Nm. Chiral choices remained at four- or five-speed chiral or a three-speed automatic.
Four-wheel drive variants accustomed the beefier abeyance set up of the Toyota LandCruiser, with a alive advanced arbor and blade springs.
All Australian-delivered HiLuxes featured the best anatomy and were powered by either a 1.6-litre petrol (rear-wheel drive) or a 2.0-litre petrol (4WD). They were accessible as either a ute or cab-chassis anatomy styles.
In Thailand, the third-gen HiLux answered to the name of Toyota HiLux Super Star.
Making its admission in gen-four HiLux was the connected berth bodystyle, acceptance for an added 15cm breadth of accumulator abaft the seats. Inside, Toyota spruced up the cabin, alms alike added comfort, while the best of powertrains broadcast dramatically.
Rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions were accessible with a best of seven petrol or three agent engines.
Underneath, the solid advanced arbor of 4WD models was upgraded, now featuring an absolute advanced abeyance with bewilderment bar. Additionally, for the aboriginal time, 4WD models were offered with an alternative automated animosity abstract for the advanced differential.
And, for the aboriginal time in its history, the HiLux was accessible with turbocharging, either a 2.4-litre inline four-cylinder petrol (101kW / 234Nm) or a 2.4-litre turbo-diesel four with 67kW and 188Nm.
And a 3.0-litre V6 petrol fabricated its admission in the ambit with outputs of 112kW and 244Nm.
Reflecting the ancestry of alteration chump tastes, the HiLux spawned its aboriginal ‘lifestyle’ model, the HiLux-based Toyota 4Runner entering the range, including in Australia. In its built-in Japan, the 4Runner was alleged the HiLux Surf.
Production of the fourth-gen HiLux anguish up in 1988, although remained on the assembly band at Toyota’s South African bulb until 1997, absence the fifth-generation.
Meanwhile, in Thailand, everybody’s favourite ute was alleged the Toyota HiLux Hero.
The HiLux had a advance access for its fifth-generation, launched in September 1988. It additionally underwent added ‘lifestyle’ focused makeovers, with an alike added aesthetic cabin.
The approved wheelbase alternative (2616mm) was abutting in the agency by an alike best version, barometer in at 3099mm while assorted agent – both petrol and agent – choices greeted customers.
And, for the aboriginal time, Toyota offered the HiLux with four-doors, aka as a dual-cab ute, added emphasising the accretion affairs focus of account vehicles.
Transmission choices remained at four- and five-speed manuals, as able-bodied as a four-speed automatic.
The connected berth of the Xtra Cab alternative meant alternative rear seats could be adapted for the aboriginal time too while the jumpsuit tub alone some of the blight problems begin in antecedent generation’s seamed burden areas.
Four-wheel drive variants grew added as well, by 40mm over rear-wheel drive models due to the flared caster arches of the former.
This was additionally the aftermost HiLux (‘Toyota Truck’) awash in the United States, replaced in 1995 by the full-size Tacoma.
Volkswagen got in on the HiLux bandwagon, too, signing an acceding with Toyota acceptance it to accumulate the HiLux at its bartering agent bulb in Hanover. The one-tonne ute was awash into the German bazaar as the Volkswagen Taro. Assembly ran from 1988 to 1997, the Taro eventually authoritative way for the aboriginal Volkswagen Amarok.
In Thailand, the fifth-gen analeptic bore the name HiLux Mighty-X.
Introduced in September, 1997, the new HiLux reflected the accretion admiration by barter for a dual-purpose account – crammer during the week, ancestors hauler on weekends. Abundance levels central added alike more, including babble abreast central the cabin.
Also absorption chump demand, the cardinal of accessible petrol engines diminished to four while agent powerplant options grew to six, including four turbocharged variants. There was a best of aloof two transmissions, five-speed chiral or four-speed automatic.
Surprisingly, this was the aftermost bearing accessible in its built-in Japan and additionally the aftermost HiLux bogus in Japan, with Thailand acceptable the aloft consign hub for the model, while plants in Colombia and Venezuela congenital HiLuxes for the advantageous South American market, although interestingly Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, and Peru connected to acceptation Hiluxes from Japan.
In Thailand, the sixth-generation Toyota analeptic went by the alias of HiLux Tiger.
The Hilux’s all-around ascendancy connected with the seventh-generation, now awash into over 140 countries. Thailand agitated the aggregate of that production, although bounded plants in South America and South Africa connected to serve their regions.
A five-speed automated was accessible for the aboriginal time, abutting the bounden five-speed chiral and four-speed auto.
Both petrol and agent powertrains remained available, including for the aboriginal time, Toyota’s 1GR-FE 4.0-litre V6 in both naturally-aspirated and supercharged form, the closing alone accessible in Australia, powering the sportier TRD HiLux. Power for the supercharged V6 was rated at 225kW, a cogent bang over the atmo V6 with its 170kW.
This bearing HiLux underwent two facelifts over its archetypal activity – in 2008 and afresh in 2011.
In Thailand, the ‘Tiger’ fabricated way for the HiLux Vigo while a 2012 accessory amend for the Thai bazaar only, became accepted as the HiLux Vigo ‘Champ’. Onya, champ!
The accepted bearing HiLux fabricated its admission in May 2015, and accent aloof how important the Australian bazaar is for Toyota’s frontline utility, the barrage took abode accompanying in Bangkok, Thailand and Sydney.
With a facelift that now congenital Toyota’s ‘Keen Look’ architecture language, the eighth-gen HiLux was added aesthetic to address to the now booming affairs ute segment.
With bigger ride and abundance levels, as able-bodied as berth refinements, the HiLux could now serve as a ancestors car. Which they accept done in droves, the HiLux actual at the top of the sales archive in Australia.
Safety tech was added to agency too, the HiLux now boasting free emergency braking as allotment of its apartment of alive safety.
The HiLux additionally fabricated a boastful acknowledgment to its built-in Japan in 2017, accessible in that bazaar for the aboriginal time in 13 years, admitting alien from Thailand.
Despite the HiLux alluring college Japanese taxes, over 2000 HiLuxes were awash in Japan in the aboriginal month.
In Thailand, the HiLux underwent addition name change, this time dubbed the Toyota Hilux Revo. In 2017, a special-edition Thai alone HiLux – with a atramentous sports bar, 18-inch alloys shod with all-terrain tyres, and a appearance atramentous grille as add-on highlights – becoming the brand ‘Revo Rocco’.