Toyota Hilux 2018 Philippines: Specs review, Price, Facelift updates, Pros & Cons and more
Nov 28, 2017
Find out latest price, specs, facelift updates, interior, exterior, pros & cons in our in-depth review for the Toyota Hilux 2018 Philippines.
Toyota Hilux 2018 Philippines – New Era of Pickup
Singing the praise of Toyota model seems to be never enough. In the Philippines, Toyota has everything from great hatchbacks to glittering sedans, from airy MPVs to the most stalwart SUVs. And decidedly, we cannot skip its tough-built pickups with the “celeb” Toyota Hilux.
Toyota Hilux is one of the most favorite pickup trucks in the Philippines
Since the very first model in 1968, the Hilux has been grown for eight generations. Nowadays, the Hilux’s reputation, like its power, is one of bombproof durability and even, unbreakable. What have made the pickup deserve that compliment? In this Toyota Hilux 2018 review by Philkotse.com, let’s bring all about the Hilux to light. To faithfully reflect the seasoned pickup, today we decide to work over the Toyota Hilux 2.8G 4x4.
It is an exclusive appearance that makes the Hilux become a sought-after model in pickup truck segment
First of all, one of the main factors leading the new Hilux 2018 to become a sought-after model in pickup truck segment is its exclusive appearance. It can be clearly seen that Toyota has given the new Hilux a more rounded look with new front fascia and wider fenders than before, not to mention additional styling tweaks. To be frank, the exterior of the Hilux 2018 is not really ground-breaking but it’s enough to show Toyota’s efforts to make its “legendary” pickup friendlier and more reminiscent of an SUV.
Seventh-gen Toyota Hilux vs. Eighth-gen Toyota Hilux
Item by item, the SUV-ish traits is well demonstrated in the massive radiator front grille which is adorned with thick chrome-slat bordering and chrome Toyota emblem. Also beautifying that striking grille are elegant wrap-around large multi-reflector halogen headlights and spherical fog lamps.
Toyota has given the new Hilux a more rounded look
The side facet is quite courteous and macho with wing mirrors accompanied with turn indicators, bold body cladding, well-mannered roof rails, a sporty antenna, a muscular set of 17-inch alloy wheels in addition to a pair of side steps for easier access.
The side facet is quite courteous and macho
Moving rearwards, the Hilux seems to be sedated with black large open space with thick roll bars and an openable tailgate. Besides, under the right-sized taillights is a wide foot step for ease again.
The pickup has a sedated rear profile
The eighth-gen Hilux has got 5,335 mm in length, 1,855 mm in width and 1,815 mm in height, which is 75 mm longer, 20 mm wider and 45 mm shorter than its predecessor. However, the 3,085 mm wheelbase remains the same. Plus, a goodly ground clearance also manifests the confidence in stance.
A goodly ground clearance also manifests the confidence in stance
2. Toyota Hilux 2018 Philippines: Interior
2.1. Class-leading cabin
Stepping inside, the Toyota Hilux 2018 interior is much more lavish and comfortable in every aspect. Even, some say that the cabin is no less than a real SUV. If the seventh-gen Hilux made us fed up with the abuse of hard plastic and beige, this new Hilux is refreshed by black trim, more items on the dashboard and especially, users can feel a hint of premiumness in every bit. Accordingly, the big twin shade dash has solemn silver face holding a multi-information display, music system, controls switches and air-conditioner blowers. But not only that, the cockpit is also very functional with glove box and air-conditioning vents at one side of the dash. For the opposite side, a big instrument cluster integrated with illuminated Optitron speedometer, tachometer and more is stuck into the dash.
The interior is much more lavish and comfortable in every aspect
In truth, electric features in the Hilux are apparently endless. You can continue mentioning a 6.5-inch capacitive touchscreen fitted with AVT-sourced DVD navigation system, MP3, USB, Aux and Bluetooth connectivity. The 4-spoke silver urethane steering wheel is likewise plusher and distinctive, with mounted controls.
On the whole, with an ergonomically-designed dashboard, rest assured that driver's comfort and convenience will never be compromised in this all-new Hilux. Other goodies include sun visor with ticket holders, wireless door lock, day and night side rear view mirror, key/light on warning and a 12V power socket.
2.2. Comfortable seats & Roomy cargo space
The pickup is airy and spacious enough to sit comfortably 5 adults
On the subject of seating and cargo, the pickup is airy and spacious enough to sit comfortably 5 adults, including the driver. Seating adequately appears not to be all Toyota wants to focus on, so a powerful air-conditioner is set up at the front to cool all passengers in car. Additionally, the softness of full moquette/semi-fabric upholstery also helps provide a deeper feeling of comfort. In particular, the front seats are very supportive and furnished with headrests while those at the rear get tipped up functions as well as storage feature. Regarding the driver’s seat, it’s now indulged with added vertical height adjustment element for extra convenience.
The Hilux can load any kind of cargo
To most pickup trucks, cargo versatility is seemingly limited but for the Hilux, it’s not a problem. Possessing a system with a trick up its sleeve and 60/40 split-folding rear seats, the Hilux permits you to fold the seat cushion upward in order to load more stuff like groceries or potted plants. Further, the under seat cubby holes, jacks and toolbox are also praiseworthy.
3. Toyota Hilux 2018 Philippines: Engine & Performance
The new Toyota Hilux 2018 is powered by a silent and state-of-the-art 2.8-liter 4-cylinder 1GD-FTV engine. In spite of being smaller than the 3.0-liter 1KD-FTV used in the last Hilux, this new engine provides more power, more torque and also, more fuel efficiency. Correspondingly, the mill can push out 174 hp at 3,400 rpm and 450 Nm of torque at 1,600 rpm, 9% more power and 31% more torque than the old engine, respectively. Transferring all that power to large numbers on the speedometer is a 6-speed automatic transmission with ECT (Gate Type Sequential) that works in conjunction with an all-wheel drive system.
The Hilux runs a 2.8-liter 4-cylinder 1GD-FTV engine
On daily travel, there is nothing to moan on about the Hilux. Currently, the new Hilux features a more balanced ride and drive thanks to tuned suspension system. Owing to the greater torque, acceleration is far enhanced, let alone smoother and better ratios received from the 6-speed automatic gearbox. Outstandingly, don’t pass over the Hilux’s fuel economy. On city roads, the pickup consumes 10.2 km/L at an average speed of 17 km/h while on highways, the figure is 15.5 km/L at 95 km/h. Finally, the Hilux guzzles 13.88 km/L average.
On daily travel, there is nothing to moan on about the Hilux
What’s more is that Toyota also brings us selectable drive modes in front of the shifter which alter the throttle pedal’s sensitivity in some great extent, including: Normal, Power and Eco. The Normal and Eco modes are better for daily rides whereas the Power mode is suitable to challenge tougher terrains. In all cases, the powerplant is always quiet and responsive even at full throttle.
Owing to the greater torque, acceleration is far enhanced
Speaking of off-road capability, this is actually the biggest improvement in the eighth-gen Hilux. With the big help of improved ground clearance and redesigned rear suspension as mentioned above, the Hilux is definitely a real off-roader in every severe terrain. Besides, Hilux fans will fully appreciated the robust and extensive underbody protection the Hilux offers. Furthermore, the Toyota Hilux 2.8 G DSL 4x4 AT is likewise equipped with a new Hill Start Assist Control function that enables it to climb up an incline without the help of the clutch, making the off-roader “a truly unstoppable force of nature.”
The Hilux is definitely a real off-roader
Hill Start Assist Control enables the car to climb up an incline without the help of the clutch
4. Toyota Hilux 2018 Review: Safety & Security
The Hilux 2.8 G 4x4 AT 2018 is as protective as its performance
Being the range-topping model, the Toyota Hilux 2.8 G 4x4 AT 2018 is as protective as its performance. Specifically, it is outfitted with:
Front Passenger's Airbag
Electronic Brake Distribution
Anti-Lock Brakes System with Electric Brake-force Distribution
Electronic Door Locks
5. Toyota Hilux 2018 Specs in the Philippines
Toyota Hilux 2018 Specs in the Philippines
Toyota Hilux 2.8 G DSL 4x4 AT
4-door + 1 tailgate pickup
Engine & Performance
Number of Cylinders
Number of Valves
6-speed AT with ECT (Gate Type Sequential)
174 hp @ 3,400 rpm
450 Nm @ 1,600 rpm
13.88 km/L on average
Wheels Metal Type
Steering Wheel Material
Steering Wheel Adjustment
Folding Rear Seat
Automatic Climate Control
6.5-inch Capacitive Touchscreen
Steering Wheel Audio Control
Front Passenger's Airbag
Electronic Brake Distribution
ABS with EBD
Electronic Door Locks
Hill Start Assist
En passant, the Toyota Hilux 2018 facelift specs have so far unveiled in Thai market. More than that, the refreshed 2018 Hilux will be officially making its way at the 2017 Thailand International Motor Expo on November 30. The reason why Philkotse.com mentions the Thai-spec 2018 Hilux facelift in this review is that after the forthcoming launch, it’s strongly believed that it would land on our shores like most previous cases.
All New Toyota Hilux 2018 model
In general, the facelift version will come with new look, new performance and new features to boot. The design makeover contains a Tacoma-like grille flanked by revised head- and fog lamps, sleeker air intakes and refined taillights. The interior, on the other hand, remains unaltered. Concerning the hardware, along with the familiar 2.4- and 2.8-liter engines, a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine with Dual VVT-I cranking out 166 PS and 245 Nm will also be present. At the same time, Toyota has tuned the automatic transmission up for better fuel efficiency. You can find detailed specs of the Thai-spec Hilux here.
The facelift version will come with new look, new performance and new features to boot
Now, stay tuned and wait for further information about the Toyota Hilux 2018 facelift to come in the next two days.
6. Toyota Hilux 2018 Price in the Philippines
The Toyota Hilux 2018 model, due to better look, better equipment, better performance, is definitely a good buy at ₱1,737,000. Certainly, that’s what the top-of-the-line 2.8 G 4x4 AT set you back. If you cannot afford, lower trims are still worth considering. Whatever the trims, the Hilux is still one of the least expensive pickup trucks you can buy today
Toyota Hilux 2018 Price in the Philippines
Toyota Hilux 2.4 Cab & Chassis 4x2 MT
Toyota Hilux 2.4 J DSL 4x2 MT
Toyota Hilux 2.4 E DSL 4x2 MT
Toyota Hilux 2.4 G DSL 4x2 MT
Toyota Hilux 2.4 G DSL 4x2 AT
Toyota Hilux 2.8 G DSL 4x4 MT
Toyota Hilux 2.8 G DSL 4x4 AT
>>> Latest changes in Toyota Hilux price in the Philippines are regularly updated here
7. Toyota Hilux 2018 Review: Pros & Cons
Toyota Hilux 2018 Review: Pros & Cons
Nice and modern design
Advanced safety features
Not too efficient
Not very affordable
Are you ready to experience the most thrilling off-road adventures behind the Hilux’s wheel?
All things considered, it can be frankly said that a new area of pickup truck is here. Through our review for the latest Toyota Hilux, perhaps you have already known the reasons why the Hilux is of interest to any Pinoys. So, are you ready to experience the most thrilling off-road adventures behind the Hilux’s wheel?