The 2023 Toyota Hilux is not coming to the United States. Tacoma is the best-selling mid-size truck and there is no need for such changes. The Hilux was one of the wishes of truckers in this part of the world for a long time. They thought the company will pull this move when the diesel engine rumors started to roll. But, those speculations are dismissed by truckmaker. Tacoma remains the US truck, while the rest of the world can enjoy in the durability of the Hilux ute.
Another reason why we are sorry not to see this model here is the new GR Sport package. Gazoo Racing team is building packages for numerous vehicles in the lineup, including Yaris, GR86, and Supra. Tacoma is not on this list yet. On the other hand, it has the TRD Pro off-road bundle. The 2023 Toyota Hilux will also offer some 4×4 specialists, but not as extreme as the TRD Pro. Invincible is another noteworthy edition of the pickup, available in selected markets.
Reliable Engine and Hybrid Setup
The pickup will keep a 4-D4 engine. This one doesn’t have chance of appearing in the US. But, a 2.8-liter mill can deliver 204 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque. That is pretty similar to the outputs of the Chevy Colorado diesel. But, Toyota is keener on a hybrid engine for the mid-size truck, rather than oil burner. The durability of the Hilux is legendary. It is not an accidentally that you are seeing this ute in extreme situations and races in the most extreme conditions.
Well, there are more drivetrain options available. A petrol unit is a 2.7-liter mill. But, it doesn’t produce impressive numbers. On the other hand, a 4.0-l V6 is probably discontinued for good. A turbocharged four-banger is a likely replacement. That is where we expect to see a hybrid support. For example, there are vehicles that use a 2.4-liter turbo engine and electric batteries. Such setups can crack up to 400 hp and keep the gas mileage at high level. But, the main question is if the 2023 Toyota Hilux hybrid can tow as much as the standard truck.
2023 Toyota Hilux Best Packages
The 2023 Toyota Hilux GR Sport is not available in all markets. But, truckers in Australia are praising the new package for its look and performance. Well, the Gazoo Racing team rarely fails. Still, this is the performance ute for the road. If you want to go into the wild, the Rugged or Rugged X are great choices. Again, those packages are not available in all markets where the truck is being sold.
The 2023 Hilux Invincible X is the premium option with high-end features. For example, with this package you will get a 4×4, more aggressive appearance, and advanced safety options. Atop of that, the big “Invincible” badge is at the back of the tailgate. An 8-inch screen is at the center of the dashboard. The infotainment system also features JBL sound. All the best Hilux packages are coming in the double cab configuration.