What’s New in the 2015 Toyota Hilux? 

We’re very excited by the arrival of the all new 2015 Toyota Hilux. We’ve been working with the superseded Hilux model for most of its lifespan and know it to be a very reliable and tough product with conservative specifications. Maintenance has also been incredibly predictable and we have rarely been surprised by breakdowns or out of the ordinary component failure.

So what’s the key differences between the KUN26R (outgoing model) and the GUN126R (new 2015 Toyota Hilux)? Put simply – it’s an even tougher workhorse!

2015 Toyota Hilux

In this 2015 Toyota Hilux review, we compare the new 2015 model with the 2014 model we have in our fleet – both vehicles are Double Cab, SR Turbo Diesel Pick Up Automatics. Here’s a summary of the key differences:

Improved Power and Better Fuel Economy

The 2015 Hilux engine capacity is reduced compared with the outgoing model, however power and torque are improved. Peak power in the new model comes in at 3,400 rpm as opposed to 3,600 rpm in the outgoing model and a lot more torque is achieved at overall lower engine speeds.

As you would expect the new model has better fuel economy, and coupled with a slightly bigger fuel tank, cruising range is increased by almost 100km using combined cycle figures. 

Improved Handling and Stability

The stance of the 2015 Hilux is wider compared to the outgoing model which we suspect will improve handling and stability in off-road conditions. 

Interestingly, the front vehicle track is slightly narrower than the rear. The Toyota 70 series models were criticized by the off-road community for having front track much wider than the rear. The 7.5mm offset between front and rear tyres in the 2015 Hilux is insignificant when compared with the OEM tyre width of 265mm.

More Payload

The kerb weight in the 2015 model is up from 1,940 to 2,080kg, as is the Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM), giving a payload of 920kg for the variant assessed.

Increased Towing Capacity

Towing capacity for the automatic is 3,200 kg which is conservative compared with other new generation dual cabs available in the market. The manual variant has a 3,500 kg rating which indicates the chassis, engine and drive train are all capable.

When Toyota originally introduced the KUN26R (outgoing model) the braked towing capacity was 2,250 kg and was later increased to 2,500 kg. We are not sure if there is a plan to increase the towing capacity at the next mid-life update, but Toyota are known for being conservative with their specification and this is something we admire. It is possible that improvements to the 6 speed automatic gearbox and system are slated. Ford increased the towing capacity of the Ranger from 3,200 kg to 3,500 kg during the early stages of the first release and they made the capacity increase retrospective.

Additional Safety Gadgets

The all new 2015 Toyota Hilux SR comes standard with a reversing camera, stability and traction controls, and trailer sway assist. 

The Key Statistics 



2015 Hilux Double-Cab SR
Turbo-diesel Pick-Up Auto


2014 Hilux Double-Cab SR
Turbo-diesel Pick-Up Auto

Engine Capacity (cc)





Power (kW)





Torque (Nm)





Length (mm)





Width (mm)





Height (mm)





Track Front (mm)





Track Rear (mm)





Kerb Weight (kg)





GVM (kg)





Payload (kg)





Towing Capacity (kg)





Fuel Tank (L)






The 2015 Hilux is Ready to Hire at Vista Hire

At Vista Hire, we are amongst the first in the industry to have the 2015 Toyota Hilux available for hire.


 Give us a call on 1300 993 767 to hire the 2015 Hilux or Request a Quote.

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