Toyota strengthens grip on pick-up market

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Japanese automaker Toyota has claimed that its "powerful presence" in the UK pick-up market is set to become even stronger this week as it launches new engines for the Hilux.

The manufacturer is introducing a three-litre D-4D 170 and a higher output 2.5-litre D-4D 120 engine, both of which are Euro-IV compliant.

Whether travelling off-road or on tarmac, Toyota claims that these new powerplants will give the Hilux more power, more torque, clean up its emissions and generally refine its performance.

The company added that the new engines will boost the Hilux’s aspiration to be "a vehicle that ticks all the right boxes, whether it’s being driven for work or for pleasure".

Power will be increased by 17 per cent, to 118bhp, with the 2.5-litre engine, while torque will also be boosted, giving the Hilux an "excellent balance of flexible driving performance and low fuel consumption".

The three-litre engine, which will be capable of an impressive 169bhp, will be available in the Hilux double cab with HL3 and Invincible trim and can be specified with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

Single, extra and double-cab versions of the Hilux are currently available, with air conditioning, electric windows, remote central locking and ABS all coming as standard.

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