The Fast Lane Truck is at the Geneva Motor Show so we can fully appreciate just how many cool vehicles we North Americans will never get to see in person (there are a lot). Among them is one of the most iconic pickups sold around the world. Made famous partially by Top Gear’s torture test, the Toyota Hilux is perhaps the foreign vehicle that we get asked about most often. Roman had a chance to get the truck on camera as well as an interview Bart Eelen from Toyota of Europe to get the scoop on the latest iteration of the Hilux.
Shown here is a truck with a 2.4L diesel sold overseas. Known as the 2GD-FTV, the inline-4 makes 150 hp and 400 Newton-meters of torque. That’s about 295 lb-ft for those who’ve misplaced their conversion table. It is rated (by whom we’re not sure) at 7.4 liters per 100 km… or roughly 32 mpg. According to Eelen, the latest Hilux has a frame that’s 20% stronger than the previous model’s already sturdy frame. What will Top Gear come up with to test this one? The truck also has a new platform and suspension, although details were not given.
Check out the video below to see if the Hilux can accommodate America’s appetite for large trucks and how it compares to the Tacoma we get here in North America.