Toyota has confirmed that the 2024 Toyota HiLux will receive an update in the form of a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The new electrified powertrain will be standard on the SR5 and Rogue 4x4 dual-cab variants and offered as an option for the SR 4x4 dual-cab. This update is expected to arrive in Australia in the first half of 2024.
The mild-hybrid system will be combined with the HiLux's existing 150kW/500Nm 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, six-speed automatic transmission, and 12-volt auxiliary battery. It will include an additional 48-volt battery, a small electric motor-generator, and other related components. Toyota claims that this system will reduce fuel consumption by approximately 10%, resulting in a decrease from 8.4L/100km to around 7.6L/100km. This aligns with the fuel efficiency of four-wheel-drive Ford Rangers equipped with the 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine.
The mild-hybrid variants of the HiLux will also feature a stop-start system, which automatically shuts off the engine when idling. This addition, along with other technology enhancements, is expected to improve drivability, reduce engine noise, vibration, and harshness.
The update is expected to introduce minor technological updates, such as rear disc brakes on more variants and a larger, updated infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay. These changes may help the HiLux remain competitive with the Ford Ranger, which could surpass it as Australia's top-selling vehicle in 2023. Toyota has yet to confirm if the related Fortuner off-road SUV will receive the 48-volt mild-hybrid system. However, it is anticipated that the next-generation LandCruiser Prado, expected in 2024, will feature this powertrain as its base engine.
Additionally, Toyota plans to offer an electrified version of every model in its range, including the HiLux, LandCruiser, and HiAce, by 2030. The company is exploring various options, including plug-in hybrids, hydrogen conversions, and battery-electric vehicles, emphasizing its commitment to not relying solely on one technology.
Source: Which Car