The Toyota Hilux is classified as a compact pickup truck that is manufactured and marketed by Japanese carmaker Toyota. This vehicle is just one in a series of compact pickup trucks, and has experienced a great deal of success with consumers across the country as well as abroad. The Hilux name has been used for all of the vehicles in this series, except in North America, where it was discontinued in 1976, replaced by the compact truck. The popular packages for this truck in North America include the SR5, also called the Sport Rally 5-Speed. The Trekker was a camper version of this vehicle which was released in 1984 and renamed the 4Runner in Australia. In North America, this vehicle came to be known as the Hilux Surf.
The Toyota Hilux was made available worldwide in 2014, with the exception of Japan, the United States, North Korea, South Korea, and Canada. The first generation of the Hilux began production in March of 1968 under the “RN10” name. This name was a reference to the vehicle’s wheelbase form which featured a 1.5 liter engine that produced a total of 77 PS in the Japanese market spec. When this engine was modified, it could reach a top speed of 81 mph or 130 kilometers per hour. Another upgrade turned this engine into a 1.6-liter inline-four in February of 1971.
In April of 1969, the long-wheelbase version of this vehicle was made available. There was also a short-wheelbase version which was in production for a number of years after. The longer-wheelbase version of the Hilux was not introduced to the North American market until 1972. This vehicle was also made available as an alternative to the Toyota Corona, Toyota Crown, and Toyota Corona Mark II, all of which are pickup trucks made in Japan.
The fourth generation of the Hilux was introduced in 1983 as sold as the 1984 model in the North American market. This generation provided consumers with the Xtracab two-row extended cab option. All of these models used the carbureted 22R engine, but the next year brought the fuel-injected 22R-E. Two diesel engine also became available, one of which was a 2L and the other a turbocharged 2L-T. The diesel engines were ultimately discontinued in the United States after 1986 due to the many disappointed consumers who demanded higher performance than what it was capable of delivering.
The sixth generation of the Hilux was first produced in Colombia for sale in countries such as Venezuela, Ecuador, and Colombia in 1998 until 2005 by the SOFASA company. Only 2.7-liter petrol engines were made available with these vehicles in South America. In South American markets, a single cab chassis, single cab long bed, Xtracab, and crew cab versions were all available to consumers. The single cab chassis were available in 2-wheel drive as well as 4-wheel drive petrol engines, the single cab long bed was available with the same options, and the Xtracab was available in 4-wheel drive petrol and diesel engines.
The seventh and most recent generation of the Hilux started production in 2005 and is currently still going. The 2004 model of the Hilux was first introduced in February of 2004 as the 2005 model. This vehicle eventually launched into the South American market in April of 2005. While the Tacoma’s design was heavily based on the 4Runner chassis, the Hilux uses a revamped version of the ladder frame which is also used on other previous versions. The new Hilux has been sold in countries throughout the world and still enjoys quite a bit of popularity with its many different features, ample cargo space, and truly unique overall designs.