What might the next-generation Toyota Hilux look like? That's what our colleagues at carscoops.com have started to wonder about by imagining what direction the next global-platform midsize Toyota pickup truck could take.
Typically used as a workhorse construction truck around the world, the 46-year-old midsize Hilux is unique for Toyota in that the platform is not identical to the midsize Toyota Tacoma sold and built in the U.S., although it's essentially the same size and lives in the same segment. And now that the two pickups are closer together in look and feel, some are suggesting that the next Hilux could take a step forward in design to better compete with a new crop of global competitors.
Carscoops.com's photo rendering mixes some of the newer design language Toyota has infused in the new Highlander SUV and Tundra pickup with some global spice from the Volkswagen Amarok. We're not saying we think this is what Toyota is likely to do, but it does shed light on the age-old question about how long Toyota will keep the Tacoma and Hilux on such divergent paths. And does this strategy make sense with the possibility of more competitors in the global market (think China and Ford Ranger) as well as here in the U.S. (think Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon)?
Carscoops.com/Josh Brynes photo rendering