Back in 2018, Toyota launched the facelifted version of the Hilux in Thailand, featuring a new front end along with a tweaked gearbox and suspension system. At the time, Toyota said that only 'high-riding versions' of the Hilux will receive the makeover. The entry-level and low-riding variants will retain the same pre-facelift look.
Looking at Toyota Motor Thailand's today however, it shows that even the entry-level and low-riding variants of the Hilux have already been updated with the new look. Only the Hilux Revo Standard Cab variant intended for commercial use retains the pre-facelift design in Thailand. With Thailand's Hilux lineup having been updated already, does this mean that Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) and the rest of the world will follow suit and receive the updated Hilux as well?
Should TMP decide to introduce the refreshed Hilux range, it will likely look similar to the ones offered in Thailand. Based on the 2018 update, most of the changes are located the Hilux's front fascia. The ever-popular pickup receives a new front bumper with redesigned foglight housings and a sleeker lower air intake design. There's also a new grill in place of the previous two-bar grill design. The wheels, rear bumper, and sidestep, however, are simply carried over. In short, it will likely look like the range-topping Hilux Conquest minus the badging, projector headlights, sports bar, and additional trim pieces.
Inside, the cabin of the pre-facelift Hilux was simply carried over to the new model in the Thai-spec model. It will likely be the same case for the Hilux locally. Same goes for the engine choices with the 2.4-liter and 2.8-liter diesel engines being retained along with the manual or automatic transmission options.
For now, there is still no word whether the local Hilux lineup will be updated similar to Thailand or whether TMP will reserve the facelifted look for the range-topping Conquest only.