New 2022 Toyota Hilux Hybrid is going on sale, most likely in the first quarter of 2022. This famous pickup truck is finally getting a hybrid powertrain option. Thanks to that, we are expecting even better performances, and of course, improved fuel efficiency. This is a mild-hybrid powertrain that will become available in Australia and New Zeeland.
Interestingly, some reports are strongly suggesting August 2021 as a possible release date. At this moment, we don’t have official information regarding the launch date. Besides the hybrid powertrain, the Hilux model will gain various exterior and interior upgrades. The price will increase for 2022MY, without any doubt, but all of the updates are very important.
2022 Hilux Hybrid Won’t Depart From the Regular Model
The upcoming 2022 Toyota Hilux Hybrid will look exactly the same as the regular variant. This means both gasoline-powered Hilux and a hybrid version will gain the same type of updates. The Japanese brand will deliver interesting and important upgrades. For a start, the platform will be lighter thanks to additional aluminum materials. Both front and rear parts will host a new LED lighting system. Moreover, new wheels are on the offer.
Dimensions and the truck’s shape will remain intact, despite small changes in the architecture. The front fascia wears a nice-looking grille and reshaped headlamps. As for the rear section, Hilux will introduce new taillights and a reshaped bumper. We still don’t know if that’s the complete list of the upgrades. At this moment, we can confirm that the Hilux model will offer three cab setups, just like the outgoing model.
The interior of the 2022 Toyota Hilux Hybrid is also getting a couple of updates. First of all, cabin design and its layout will largely remain. This means Toyota will focus on the tech department. The interior already looks modern and upright. On top of that, Hilux offers plenty of passenger room. New upholstery is the most likely outcome and the manufacturer will also add more chrome accents.
For the first time ever, the Hilux model will feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Moreover, Toyota will improve the digital instrument cluster and the update of the infotainment system is a must. Finally, the newest driver-assistance aids will be optional in the base trim level.
Hybrid Powertrain Will Produce More Power
Under the bonnet, the new Hilux will stick to its existing engine lineup. However, one significant change is about to happen. The 2022 Toyota Hilux Hybrid will surely represent a true refreshment in the pickup truck segment.
It is a mild-hybrid system that will deliver more power and improved fuel efficiency. The current 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine delivers 175 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor will add more power so Hilux Hybrid will generate around 200 hp and 350 lb-ft of twisting power.
2022 Toyota Hilux Hybrid Release Date, Price
The price of the approaching 2022 Toyota Hilux Hybrid will start at around $35,000. The base variant currently is available for $27,000. No doubt, a new model will cost more than its predecessor. The release date is not announced yet. Some rumors are suggesting August 2021, while some other reports are predicting the first quarter of 2022.