A report from Australia suggests the Toyota Hilux is scheduled for an update. Here's what we know so far.
The article first appeared in CarAdvice.com.au and suggested the facelift was to happen in July 2020. There are numerous changes on the cards such as a power increase to the 2.8-litre GD-6 motor as well as the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It's easy to see why these changes are coming as the Ford Ranger was substantially updated in 2019 and there's a new Isuzu D-Max on its way in 2021. Expect a few cosmetic changes too.
It's interesting to note that Aussie-spec Toyota Hilux models feature the Toyota Safety Sense tech, which SA-spec models don't have yet. You're likely wondering if it has anything to do with South Africa, but given the fact the Aussie car market is quite similar to ours, we thought we'd reach out to Toyota South Africa for an official comment. Like South Africa, Australia is also obsessed with bakkies and the Hilux is one of their top-selling vehicles. A spokesperson from Toyota South Africa had this to say, "We will be getting those models but not now. Our timing is quite different to Australia as they don’t source their vehicles from SA. In addition, SA-unique models like the Legend 50 and Dakar models bridge the gap and extend the life of our current Hilux product offerings."
So the South African market will get a facelift Toyota Hilux, but not immediately.