Toyota Hilux MHEV debuts in Europe, Goes Hybrid

Toyota Hilux MHEV recently made its debut in the European market. Available as a diesel-only option, the new MHEV pickup truck bears similar looks from inside and outside along with the capabilities.

Toyota Hilux MHEV
Toyota Hilux MHEV

The rough and Tough that’s still on sale and going strong, the Hilux is a name that has a cult following of its own. Primarily known for its off-road capability, reliability, simplicity and dependability this right here is one of the best pickup trucks to ever exist.

Toyota Hilux MHEV – Highlights

But is the new Hilux Hybrid capable of continuing this legacy? Well, Toyota assures that the new MHEV will not affect the mighty multi-purpose capabilities of the standard Hilux because this system is placed strategically. The Hybrid Hilux even boast a 700 mm water-wading depth.

Hilux MHEV interior

The reason why Toyota consider this 48V Mild Hybrid Steup is because of the never-ending quest to lower carbon emissions and increase fuel efficiency. The latter has increased by 10% by using the mild Hybrid setup, as claimed by Toyota. The unit still retains the same 2.8L diesel engine with the mild hybrid electric motor which might only come to higher-end trims first. The same diesel engine means there are no changes to dimensions along with load-carrying capacity.

HILUX MHEV engine

The brand, as of now is manufacturing Hilux MHEV in Thailand for European markets. Other models like the Land Cruiser Prado, Land Cruiser 70 series and the Fortuner are also expected to get this Hybrid update. The primary markets for the car are Europe, Australia, ASEAN nations and the Middle East. While India currently gets the diesel version only, the MHEV Hilux is also expected to be introduced here and also Fortuner getting this update.

Hilux MHEV prototype

The Prototypes for the MHEV were demonstrated at the 7th round of the WRC in Kenya by Finnish driver Juha Kankkunen (World Champion).

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