A pick-up is only interesting for 3 functions. The first is the load capacity. To improve this ability, the TEST TOYOTA HILUX PLUS receives a larger bucket that allows it to become the reference of the category with a maximum length from 1,544 mm to 1,645 mm. What’s more, it is more resistant to deformation and less likely to be damaged during loading / unloading.


The ribs of the floor have been redesigned, sleepers added to the deck and the bulkhead panel between the box and the cabin, reinforced. Finally, it can accommodate a load of one ton.

The second is its towing capacity. It now reaches 3.5 tones in single cab and 3.2 tones in double cab. To manage to tow this mass, the engine manufacturers of the firm offered him a new engine D-4D. This 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine develops 150 horsepower at 3,400 rpm. Not enough to revolutionize the segment, except that it has a “truck” torque of 400 Nm between 1,600 and 2,000 rpm. The cavalry can be deployed on all 4 wheels via a 6-speed automatic or mechanical gearbox. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 12.8 seconds with the BVA6 or 13.2 seconds in manual mode. The icing on the cake, and not to lose control of its cargo, the pickup receives a pitch control system and rebound.


The system adjusts the engine torque according to the condition of the liner based on the wheel speed sensor information. Thus, it can determine if the front is pitched or dives under the effect of the undulations of the roadway. When the nose lifts, the occupants’ heads tend to tilt backwards. Therefore, the device momentarily reduces the engine torque to compensate for the phenomenon and limit movement. Conversely, if the vehicle plummets by pulling the head forward, the system increases the torque to counterbalance the effect.

Finally, it needs outsized crossing capabilities. A true specialist in 4×4 transmission, Toyota could not disappoint us with its all-wheel drive, and the TEST TOYOTA HILUX PLUS is therefore equipped with a long and short-range transfer case and two differentials, including a self-locking on the axle. back. This new limited slip rear differential is designed to handle the increase in engine torque. It is also lighter thanks to the reduction in the number of satellite gears, from 4 to 2, and the miniaturization of the lateral roll. When the 4×2 mode is selected using the new Traction Control button on the dashboard, the TEST TOYOTA HILUX PLUS system automatically disengages the front differential to improve drivability and on-road consumption.


There are cars like no other and you will understand, the Toyota Hilux is one. So taking the wheel of a craft like this deserved a wild case like the dunes of Namibia. From there, I could have told you its incredible performance in the hot sand, the poles of our country. Well, it will be nothing. Toyota has chosen to invite me in a field well known to turfists and gourmets: Chantilly. The program is simple: a loop of a hundred kilometers and 2 hours of play in a sand quarry.

The grip of the pickup is not so easy. My Hilux 2.4 D-4D Xtra Cab still measures 5 meters 33. Widely enough to shame a limousine shame. On the scale, it weighs almost 2.2 tons and its height of fund prevents me from seeing the little dog of the lady, who drags on the sidewalk. A gap on his part and … wham the dog. The kilometers pass by and the size is forgotten, in favor of the “chirps” of the engine. The road opens onto a highway.


It will reach without much trouble the 130 km / h, but if the urge comes you to titillate with the maximum speed of 170 km / h, you will need – in addition to a German highway – a lot of patience and a straight line several kilometers. Driving, I do not perceive the modernity and touch expected of an SUV. It remains rough and that’s good. I do not like this idea of ​​the pickup that is “SUVISE”.

I change my playground. A sand career will be the setting for my off-road delusions. Because there, he really knows how to do it. The all-wheel drive is at the fingertips. The short box position swallows each mound with great ease. He spins his way along the way and it’s not the few bridge crossings that will scare him. While the average of consos was 10 liters, it will climb with my extravagances to more than 15 liters.



It is time to conclude this first test run. Obviously, this new Toyota Hilux offers much more comfort, technology and style. But do not take it for what it is not, that is to say an SUV. It remains rough, a bit rustic in its road behavior, however this technological update puts it back in the right place. Does he deserve his place as number 1? Only a real confrontation with all players (Ford Ranger, ISUZU D-MAX, Volkswagen Tamarack, Navara Nissan, Renault Alaskan and Mitsubishi L200) can confirm it or not.

Rating: 13/20

Well seen:

  • – The most modern design
  • – A legendary story
  • – 4×4 capacity

To review:

  • – Habit still too rustic
  • – Driving approval
  • – Engine noise

Toyota Hilux: the legend of the sands: 1st part of my test Hilux.