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New Toyota HiLux 2021: Top-selling ute could take fight to Ford Ranger by increasing torque to 470Nm

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The HiLux will get engine revisions soon.
The HiLux will get engine revisions soon.

The changes to the new Toyota HiLux's diesel engine could see the top-selling ute score an output boost that will up torque to around 470Nm, putting it about on-par with the Ford Ranger.  

The new Toyota HiLux is expected to launch in July, with the significant update focusing both on the engine outputs and the cabin technology, with Australia's best-selling ute to also get true smartphone mirroring tech for the first time. 

But the news that will really get fans' hearts beating faster is that the HiLux's engine will also be tweaked to deliver more power. 

While the HiLux's 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine won't change, the brand will up the grunt from their current levels of 130kW and 450Nm.

While Toyota in Australia is yet to confirm the new outputs, CarsGuide now expects those increases to elevate the HiLux to about on-par with its number-one target, the Ford Ranger.

The Ranger's 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel is good for 147kW 470Nm, and it's expected that it's here - rather than the 157kW and 500Nm of the Ranger Raptor - that Toyota will set the needle. 

It means the HiLux could get a welcome 20kW and 20Nm increase from its current power outputs. Those changes will join the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the first time, ensuring Toyota's workhorse is significantly more user friendly. 

Toyota is yet to confirm pricing or specification - including engine outputs - for the new model. But announcements will commence in the coming months, so watch this space.

It marks the beginning of exciting time for Australia's best-selling ute, with Toyota also successfully trademarking the name “GR HiLux” in Australia.

Andrew Chesterton
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Andrew Chesterton should probably hate cars. From his hail-damaged Camira that looked like it had spent a hard life parked at the end of Tiger Woods' personal driving range, to the Nissan Pulsar Reebok that shook like it was possessed by a particularly mean-spirited demon every time he dared push past 40km/h, his personal car history isn't exactly littered with gold. But that seemingly endless procession of rust-savaged hate machines taught him something even more important; that cars are more than a collection of nuts, bolts and petrol. They're your ticket to freedom, a way to unlock incredible experiences, rolling invitations to incredible adventures. They have soul. And so, somehow, the car bug still bit. And it bit hard. When "Chesto" started his journalism career with News Ltd's Sunday and Daily Telegraph newspapers, he covered just about everything, from business to real estate, courts to crime, before settling into state political reporting at NSW Parliament House. But the automotive world's siren song soon sounded again, and he begged anyone who would listen for the opportunity to write about cars. Eventually they listened, and his career since has seen him filing car news, reviews and features for TopGear, Wheels, Motor and, of course, CarsGuide, as well as many, many others. More than a decade later, and the car bug is yet to relinquish its toothy grip. And if you ask Chesto, he thinks it never will.
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