Starting from the Kenshiki event held in Brussels, Toyota in addition to its immediate and mid-term electric product plans, also revealed a new version of the Toyota Hilux with 48 Volt mild hybrid technology which is expected to be available in Europe from mid of the following year.
The Hilux is one of the most stable values in pickups, having since 1968 when it first appeared, recorded sales exceeding 21 million.
At the same time, it is worth noting that at the beginning of autumn, Toyota presented a hydrogen-powered version of the pickup which is already in the development testing phase in Britain, while with the recent Tokyo exhibition as a springboard, in October, it presented a prototype purely electric version of the Hilux with the EPU designation, specifying a corresponding future for the pickup that data will acquire a corresponding version in a second year.
Until then, Toyota recommends the new mild hybrid variant of the hard-driving pickup which integrates the 2.8-liter diesel engine with an output of 204 hp and 500 Nm of torque a parallel 48 Volt electrical circuit consisting of a small battery of the corresponding nominal capacity placed under rear seats and a belt-driven starter/alternator that replaces the standard alternator.
As recommended with the 48 Volt self-charging battery charged, the mild hybrid system can instantly contribute an additional 16 hp and 65 Nm of torque, offering benefits both “in terms of acceleration and power as well as energy savings” without for now the Toyota to publicize the disputed, new sizes.
In addition to economy and power, or mild hybrid technology, it promises, according to Toyota, improvements both in terms of braking parameters and the comfort characteristics of the Hilux as it allows longer coasting intervals, i.e. the disengagement of the engine, element which in turn means less noise and vibration. The fuel saving from the presence of this technology is estimated by Toyota at 5%, while the response of the gas pedal thanks to the electric assistance is also specified to be improved.
The mild hybrid version of the Hilux will be available in the Invicible and Invicible X “medium” trim levels with details to be announced closer to the arrival of the version in question. In addition to the above, the Hilux Hybrid also offers a wider range of settings and programs regarding the dynamic stability control system with the availability of Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow and Rock options while the ability to access water obstacles is specified at 70 cm.