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Toyota HiLux 2020 upgrades announced

Is the 2020 HiLux more appealing to you?

Toyota Australia has announced upgrades to its top-selling HiLux range for the 2020 model year - a move that was previewed by CarsGuide in April.

Standard on all HiLux models is previously unavailable safety tech including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking (AEB) with day and night pedestrian detection and day time cyclist detection, as well as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assistance and road sign assist.

These upgrades to the HiLux mean that it matches the Ford Ranger in offering AEB across its entire range, as well as adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. 

All models are now in hi-rider spec. All models are now in hi-rider spec.

The SsangYong Musso and Mercedes-Benz X-Class are the only other utes to offer AEB across their entire ranges, while the Mitsubishi Triton offers the potentially life-saving tech on the majority of the models in that range. 

This leaves utes such as the Mazda BT-50, Isuzu D-Max, Volkswagen Amarok, Nissan Navara and Holden Colorado still unavailable with tech such as AEB, though the latter offers forward collision warning. 

The whole HiLux range is now equipped with AEB. The whole HiLux range is now equipped with AEB.

A new 4.2-inch multi-function display is now standard across the HiLux range to accommodate the speed sign recognition display. 

The standard 'low ride' 4x2 single-cab cab-chassis and double-cab 2.4-litre turbo diesel models have been discontinued and replaced with WorkMate hi-rider versions that feature the same body and engine configuration with a ride height raised to the same level as HiLux 4x4 models.

The move to hi-rider spec for these two WorkMate models means they gain a six-speed manual, which replaces the previous five-speed unit. 

A new 4.2-inch multi-function driver's display is standard across the range. A new 4.2-inch multi-function driver's display is standard across the range.

The 2020 HiLux will hit dealers in August 2019. Single and double cab versions will be available from August 1, and extra cabs will be available from August 26. 

Pricing for the 2020 HiLux range has increased by between $800 and $875 depending on the variant. Pricing kicks off from $21,865 plus on-road costs.

Full pricing details will follow at a later date.

Do the changes to the 2020 HiLux make it more appealing to you? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.