We tested the new Toyota Hilux pick-up in the Invincible version with the 2,800 cc and 204 HP turbo diesel engine, alongside the already well-known 2.4 liters 150 HP version. Among the novelties of the new Hilux, there is also this top of the range “Invincible” version. Thanks to the new engine, the payload capacity of 1 ton, combined with the towing capacity of 3.5 tons, has been extended to all types of 4-wheel drive bodywork (Single Cab, Extra Cab and Double Cab), one truck which can be driven safely with a “B” license.
Of the characteristics Hilux again in 2021 with restyling we discussed already in an article dedicated: Now here I’ll tell you driving impressions, as it goes on and off-road this commercial vehicle with all-wheel drive 4 × 4.
Toyota Hilux test
Let’s find out how the new Toyota Hilux 2021, the Japanese pick-up now in its eighth generation, goes on and off-road, which we put to the test a whole day of tests onboard the top-of-the-range version Invincible.
Toyota Hilux, how it goes on the road
The test of the Toyota Hilux 2021 took place in Germany where we were able to see how this pick-up goes on the road and off-road with the new 204 HP 2.8-liter engine in the Invincible set-up or the top of the range with a six-speed automatic gearbox. series with all-wheel drive on 4 wheels.
The road test of the new Toyota Hilux started from Munich airport to reach the area equipped for the off-road test at the Offroad Park Langenaltheim via the motorway.
Comfort and road holding, what emerged from the Hilux road test
From the first kilometers, I appreciated the comfort in the cabin inside the Hilux and the excellent driving position, with a comfortable seat and all the controls on the dashboard well arranged. Reduced aerodynamic noises can be heard right on the highway. The suspensions are quite stiff (even at the front) if you travel exhausts, even if they have been revised in terms of bushings and calibrations. The rims are 18 ″ with Bridgestone Dueler HT tires in the size 265/60 R18.
The generous tires and low body roll guarantee excellent road holding even at high speeds. On the autobahn, we reached the indicated 190 km / h, 187 actual, higher than the 175 declared maximum speed. Too bad for the adoption of rear drums, braking tends to belong. On the other hand, the power steering with variable flow control VFC (Variable Flow Control) is excellent, lighter at low speeds and more rigid (with less assistance) at high speeds.
ADAS, there is the Adaptive Cruise Control
I tried the ADAS including the adaptive cruise control which works very well and it is possible to adjust the distance from the vehicle in front of us on three levels. The pick-up is able to stop completely and start again in total autonomy. The lane maintenance instead acts on the brakes and not on the steering wheel, I would have preferred the latter solution.
Hilux is therefore updated with the latest evolution of Toyota Safety Sense, bringing the level of active safety to the top of the category.
The automatic emergency braking now includes overnight recognition of pedestrians and cyclists of the day
Toyota Hilux, how is the 2.8 diesel engine going
In addition to the Toyota Hilux’s proven top-of-the-range 2.4-liter 150hp engine is a more powerful 2.8-liter, 204hp diesel engine. Thanks to a whopping 500 Nm of torque, the pickup sprints from 0-100 km / h in just 10.1 seconds (2.8 seconds faster than the 2.4-liter unit). The recovery is very good from the low revs and even tends to make the rear wheels skid so exuberant is the delivery.
This engine can be combined with a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox, again with 4-wheel drive. Compared to competitors that offer up to 10-speed automatics, Toyota is on the safe side by offering a six-speed gearbox. There are no paddles on the steering wheel but three driving modes can be selected: Normal, Eco, and Power.
In Eco mode, we have a milder response from the accelerator with the gearbox which adopts an operating logic aimed at optimizing consumption. In Power, on the other hand, the engine is more ready and the gearbox tends to keep the gear longer instead of passing as soon as possible to the next.
Toyota Hilux, how it goes off-road
Toyota Hilux has also proved surprising off-road. To better understand how it goes off-road, I tried it at the Offroad Park Langenaltheim in Germany. The path created inside a quarry had clayey soil, made more treacherous by the rain.
Despite the difficult conditions, it was enough to insert only the reduced ones and to rely on electronic aids to tackle the track with ease. Thanks to its robust body-on-frame construction, Hilux is able to resist torsion forces better and longer. The DAC function (downhill driving assistance) has also been tested, which automatically adjusts the speed downhill to prevent the vehicle from skidding.
There is also a new electronic function that simulates the effect of a mechanical LSD differential, the updated VSC system, and a new tire angle monitor. Useful off-road the lowering of the engine idle speed from 850 to 680 rpm combined with an optimized throttle response for greater off-road control.
How much does the new Hilux consume
Traveling on the main road at 80-90 km / h the average consumption was 8 l / 100 km , on the highway at 130 km / h it is about 15 l / 100 km (at the maximum speed of 190 km / h it increased to about 22 l / 100 km).
The average consumption after a hundred kilometers between extra-urban roads and motorways settled at 9.3 l / 100 km.
Toyota Hilux, how it’s made
The restyling of the eighth generation of the new Toyota Hilux 2021 introduces a new front further customized on the Invincible version, with a new three-dimensional grille and revised bumpers. Side protections, footrests and black details for mirrors LED headlights, and roll bars are the main features of the Invincible set-up.
Nine body colors are available, including the new Oxide Bronze metallic color for the Invincible.
Interior, inside as is the Toyota Hilux pickup
The interior of the new Toyota Hilux has been renewed, with a revised dashboard in materials and colors. Extensive equipment list including smart entry key and push-button start, satellite navigation, automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, and an 800W 9-speaker JBL Premium audio system with an 8-channel amplifier and CLARi-Fi technology.
The leather seats are very comfortable, even after traveling over 300 km, they are electrically adjustable and can be heated. The Toyota Touch 8 ″ infotainment system with a rearview camera has been improved, with more powerful software and faster screen response, it incorporates both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and of course Bluetooth. There is also a USB socket on the dashboard. The graphics of the instrument panel and the lighting in the front and rear doors with “ clear blue” LEDs are also new on the Invincible.
New Toyota Hilux, price list
The price list of the new Toyota Hilux starts at 17,950 euros (VAT and MSS excluded) for the pick-up under construction 2.4D Single Cab Active 4X2, if a vehicle is exchanged or scrapped.
Instead, the price of the top-of-the-range trial version Invincible 2.8D AT, in case of exchange or scrapping, is 33,000 euros, or with installments of 295 € for 48 months and theft and fire insurance included if you choose Leasing.
Toyota Hilux Invincible 2.8 204 cv AT
Dimensions and weight
- Length 532 cm
- Width 185 cm
- Height 181 cm
- Step 308 cm
- Angle of approach / exit / ramp 29 ° – 26 ° – 23 °
- Wading depth 70 cm
- Load compartment width 154 cm
- Load compartment length 155 cm
- Load compartment height 48 cm
- 80 L tank
- Weight 2,130 kg
- Diesel fuel supply
- Rear / all-wheel drive
- Automatic gearbox
- Displacement 2.8 L / 2,755 cm 3
- Power 204 hp / 150 kW
- Maximum torque 500 Nm from 1,600 to 2,800 rpm
Engine and performance
- Maximum speed 175 km / h
- Acceleration 10.1 s (0-100 km / h)
- Environmental class Euro 6D
- Co2 emissions 259 g / km
- Urban consumption 12.7 Km / L
- Extra-urban consumption 15.4 Km / L
- Combined consumption 14.2 Km / L