Toyota Hilux MHEV Revealed

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Toyota has recently introduced a mild-hybrid variant of the Hilux in the European market, following a few months of prototype testing in Africa. Named the Hilux MHEV, Toyota will manufacture this version in Thailand specifically for the European market. In a move to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce emissions, the 2.8-litre diesel engine in the Hilux now incorporates a 48V mild-hybrid system, complete with an
electric motor generator and other components. Toyota assures that this addition “will not have any impact on the Hilux’s off-road and towing capabilities.” Insider information suggests that the Hilux MHEV will initially be offered on the top-tier variants, with lower trims expected to be received it at a later date.
Toyota emphasizes strategic placement of the mild-hybrid components, allowing for a water wading depth of 700mm. The brand asserts that this system brings benefits such as improved torque assist, smoother start/stop functions, regenerative braking, and up to 10 percent better fuel efficiency compared to diesel-only powertrains. Beyond Europe, Toyota plans to launch the Hilux MHEV in South Africa,
Australia, and ASEAN markets in the coming months. The 2.8-litre diesel engine used in the Hilux is also featured in various Toyota models, including the Fortuner SUV, the recently introduced all-new Land Cruiser Prado, and the updated Land Cruiser 70 with its retro-styled design. Toyota had previously
confirmed that the Fortuner is among the next models in their lineup to incorporate mild-hybrid technology.

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