Toyota Thailand has facelifted the 8th generation of the Hilux bakkie and while the changes are mostly cosmetic, we wonder if this new-look will make it to South Africa, the home of the double-cab bakkie.
Thailand is a market which, like South Africa, adores its bakkies. However, the Toyota Hilux has faced stiff competition from other brands and as a result, has been facelifted. With a new look at the front, some cosmetic changes at the side and some interior tweaks, this facelifted Toyota Hilux is hoped to be more competitive.
The changes are substantial. The entire front has been replaced with a grille that looks very similar to that of the big Tundra, the front fog lights have been reposition and the bumper style has changed. The Thai market will also receive a model with a sportier exterior, called the Rocco. It has a grey and glossy black grille, grey metallic rear bumper, big 18-inch alloys with all-terrain tyres, black interior and LED fog lamps. There are some accessories on offer which include black sport bar and loadbed, plastic cladding over wheel arches and rear bumper, as well as decals. As it stands, the engine lineup stays the same.
We reached out to Toyota South Africa, who recently updated its Hilux model range, as to whether this new look Hilux would make its way to our market. At the time of going live, we had not yet heard from TSA.