Toyota has revealed its next Toyota HiLux, Australia’s top selling vehicle, unveiling a new ute that it says si bolder and tougher-looking.

The new HiLux range made its global debut last week with an expanded line-up and according to Toyota significant improvements to performance, fuel economy, ride comfort, towing and equipment levels.

The updated HiLux,  is set to arrive in Australian showrooms in late August, and will deliver more power and torque from its upgraded 2.8-litre turbo-diesel as a result of a number of new components and enhanced cooling.

Toyota claims new maximum power is up 15.3 per cent to 150kW, while peak torque is up as much as 11.1 per cent with 500Nm on automatic versions.

The company also claims  that fuel consumption has been improved by up to 11.1 per cent while tuned accelerator response will it says deliver greater driver control.

Toyota Australia vice president sales and marketing,  Sean Hanley said the new HiLux reaches new heights in blending performance, toughness, comfort and quality.

“More than ever, Australia’s favourite ute will inspire go-anywhere confidence for customers who rely on it as a load-carrying and trailer-towing workhorse for doing their jobs,” Mr Hanley said.

“Equally, the latest changes will advance HiLux’s credentials among customers who demand the handling, ride comfort and convenience of an SUV,” he said.

The upgraded HiLux range retains a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel and a 2.7-litre four-cylinder petrol engine along with three transmissions, 4×2 and 4×4 drive, three body styles (single, extra and double cabs), two configurations (pick-up or cab-chassis) and five equipment levels (in ascending order: Workmate, SR, SR5, Rogue and Rugged X).

Suspension upgrades – including revised shock-absorber tuning, new bushings and improved leaf-spring design – provide a more comfortable ride, particularly over rough roads and with low loads while maintaining HiLux’s legendary off-road capabilities.

In 4×4 models with downhill-assist control, an additional traction control feature when using 2WD mode reroutes torque to assist grip in muddy or grassy conditions on worksites.

Towing capacity for automatic 4×4 HiLux variants – including new double-cab-chassis Workmate and SR5 derivatives – has been upgraded to a maximum of 3500kg to match manual versions. On 4×2 variants, all diesel automatics are now rated at 2800kg, an increase of up to 300