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Toyota HiLux 2021 leaked! Bold new look and power boost for refreshed Ford Ranger rival

Is this the new Toyota HiLux? (image credit: Milele Motors)

Images of the 2021 Toyota HiLux appear to have leaked online, with international sites publishing what seem to be legitimate images of the Japanese giant's refreshed workhorse. 

The images, which appear on the Miele Motors webiste, seem to capture the 2021 HiLux in what appears to be final production guise, with a bold new front end, new grille and new LED headlights for top-spec models. The images also capture new 17- or 18-inch alloys, a blacked-out treatment for the grille, new DRLs and a new rear light cluster.

The images come as Toyota prepares to launch the the ute in Australia, with the refreshed HiLux expected to touch down around the middle of the year. 

Joining the design tweaks will be a key change to the new Toyota HiLux's diesel engine, which could see the top-selling ute score an output boost that will up torque to around 150kW and 470Nm, putting it about on-par with the Ford Ranger. It means the 2021 HiLux should get a welcome 20kW and 20Nm increase from its current power outputs of 130kW and up to 450Nm.

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 than before.

Toyota is yet to confirm pricing or specification - including engine outputs - for the new model. But watch this space.