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Hybrid Toyota Hilux confirmed for the New Zealand market

Get ready New Zealand, the hybrid Toyota Hilux is coming.

A Kiwi icon through and through, the Hilux is synonymous with power, toughness, and reliability. Wherever the journey leads, there’s a Hilux designed to meet your needs, and as such we’re stoked to share that a new variant is coming to the already expansive Hilux lineup – meet the hybrid Hilux!

Here’s what we know so far:

  • The first hybrid Hilux models will be available in NZ early 2024
  • 4×4 hybrid Hilux vehicles will retain the same towing capabilities as current models
  • Toyota hybrid technology will be combined with a 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine and 48V battery

Keep reading for more. Please note that the current Hilux SR5 Cruiser is pictured, not the hybrid Hilux.

Hybrid Hilux specifications – what we know so far

The new hybrid Hilux will boast a 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, alongside an additional 48 volt battery, small electric motor, and more yet to be confirmed.

Not only will the hybrid Hilux deliver improved fuel economy, but the hybrid system will also enable a stop/start system, improved off-road capabilities, reduced road noise, vibration, and harshness.

Performance needs no compromise in the new hybrid Hilux. This added technology won’t have any impact on the class-leading capability of the Hilux, with the 4X4 models maintaining the same towing capacity (3,500 kg braked) as the current Hilux. According to Toyota New Zealand, 98% of new Hilux sold have tow bars added, a key consideration for ute owners.

Further information and specifications on the hybrid Hilux will be released in due course, with the first units expected to be available for delivery in early 2024.

Toyota New Zealand’s science-based sustainability targets

The upcoming hybrid Hilux will be a key player in the decarbonisation plans of Toyota New Zealand, who have set themselves an ambitious target to reduce the tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions of its vast portfolio of cars, utes, and vans by a minimum of 46% by 2030. The automotive manufacturer is on track to meet this science-based target, and the addition of an electrified hybrid Hilux to the range will significantly assist in reaching this target whilst also importantly meeting the needs of Hilux owners across the country.

“We have maintained for a long time, that hybrid technology is the best solution to decarbonisation until fully battery electric technology is both available and affordable.  Our ambition is to offer a fully electric Hilux, however, until that is available, hybrid remains the best technology and will only drive our overall emissions down further. We need to make sure no one is left behind in the transition to an electrified future. For this reason, we are truly excited at the prospect of presenting a hybrid Hilux to our customers as we continue to decarbonise the great Kiwi lifestyle.”

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More information

Read the full press release from Toyota New Zealand for more.

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