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Toyota Hilux 2021: Still Tough and Looks dashing

MAH Channel - Pickups like the Toyota Hilux only work properly if you frequently transport very large items.

Then, the item is taken to a place where a regular van or minibus can't get there. But this is not just Toyota, but all cars in this class.

Day by day, pickups or in Indonesia called double cabin (D-Cab), are increasingly popular and private users continue to grow.

That's why these heavy-duty vehicles need an up-to-date design, added comfort, safety, and assist features.

And, manufacturers have to give it all, especially every time they update their pickup model.

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As in the 2021 Toyota Hilux which appears with the latest design. This facelifted pickup also uses a 2.8 liter diesel engine.

Comfort and driving characteristics are also improved. Some of the equipment and additions were also upgraded.

This time, our partner from Germany's Motor1.com tried the Toyota Hilux 2.8 liter D-4D which uses a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Whether or not the new Toyota Hilux looks good or not, the judgment is up to the dear reader.

In our opinion the front is getting fatter. You can like it, but you don't have to.

Practically nothing has changed in the length of the vehicle, which is 5.32 meters. In addition, the tailgate in the D-Cab variant has a length of 1.52 meters. The weight of the payload can be up to 3.5 tons.

The Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara or Mitsubishi L200 are all in the same rank, so the 2021 Toyota Hilux is quite competitive.

The essence of the 2021 Toyota Hilux revision is also about the latest engine. The 2.4 liter 150 horsepower engine has been evicted and replaced with a 2.8 liter engine.

While you can only order the rather sluggish 2.4-liter four-cylinder diesel engine with only 150 hp so far, Toyota is now putting the unit under the hood which has been enlarged to 2.8 liters.

The interior is pretty good though still below Ford's level, but on par with Nissan or Mitsubishi. The design is comfortable and attractive.

Faster but Not Quieter

The engine always comes with two overhead camshafts (DOHC) and 16 valves. We push the advanced six-speed automatic long lever.

Aimed at D and rolled in 2WD mode with rear-wheel drive. Theoretically, it can reach 100 km/h in 10.7 seconds.

Faster but only about 2 seconds than the Toyota Hilux 2.4 liter engine. The top speed is also slightly better, at 175 km/h.

With this increase in power, the power becomes 204 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. Maximum force is also applied at higher speeds up to 2,800 rpm.

in this way, the duration of each tooth on the Toyota Hilux can be longer. Unfortunately, the transmission is reluctant to face this positive performance development.

With torque converter lock-in, the vehicle must react more directly to accelerator pedal commands.

However, this only applies to shifts between gears four, five and six. Otherwise, the response behavior is somewhat indirect.

Then, the speed level sometimes changes unintentionally. Volkswagen or Ford transmission is still better.

Toyota said the Hilux's fuel consumption is 9.5 liters for 100 kilometers. In our tests, 10.3 liters for 100 kilometers. A little worse.

The good news is that the 2021 Toyota Hilux engine meets the current emission standards and is definitely much better than the 2.4 liter version.

Powerful Technology

The Toyota Hilux is one of the few pickups that still uses a ladder frame and this is fairly conservative.

The chassis has indeed become more rigid but guaranteed to be more solid. Consequently, the comfort of the driver and passengers must be sacrificed.

Toyota has done a lot to improve it. One of them with a modified shock absorber adjustment.

The rear suspension consisting of leaf springs and dual shock absorbers was revised. The leaf spring is extended by six percent. They also receive support from additional springs.

An additional horizontal stabilizer with increased lateral stiffness for better steering stability in corners and when changing lanes has also been added.

Thus, the power steering can provide more direct feedback. So many hopes and ends in the reality that the 2021 Toyota Hilux is still a ladder frame pickup.

Although it must also be admitted that driving behavior is getting better and realize this is an off-road pickup, not a sedan.

Off-road Ability

Lowering the idle speed from 850 rpm to 650 rpm is also intended to improve off-road handling.

The same goes for the modified ESP, the special off-road characteristic curve of the power steering, and the latest tire angle monitoring.

Hard facts, the dual cabin version has a ground clearance of 31 centimeters, a tilt angle of 29 degrees at the front, 26 degrees at the rear, and a fording depth of 70 centimeters.

Returning to the interior, the space remains unchanged. Good up front and a bit moderate in the back even though it's a D-Cab.

There are redesigned instruments and an eight-inch multi-information display on the center console.

The multimedia system reacts a little faster with the upgraded software but it's still a bit chaotic.

Smartphones can now be integrated using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Likewise, menu navigation can still be operated using good buttons and switches.

sumber : motor1.com

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