Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

Australia’s best-selling new vehicle will be refreshed in late 2022, with an overhauled Rogue flagship offering rear disc brakes and a wider track – plus technology upgrades for the top-selling SR5.

The 2023 Toyota HiLux will see the introduction of major upgrades across its range, with key safety tech added for high-grade models, and two overhauled flagship variants – one of which could be a GR Sport HiLux.

Due in late 2022, the HiLux range will be updated with key blind-spot safety tech – comprising blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a 360-degree camera – and an immobiliser for the SR5, as well as trim changes for the SR.

Prices will rise as part of the updates, with Toyota dealers advised earlier this year of increases of between $ 600 and $ 1400 – but it’s unclear if the new Rogue will be included in this.

However, headlining the 2023 upgrades is an overhauled Rogue model – one of two new flagships, the other replacing the Rugged X with a “new apex off-road model,” possibly wearing GR Sport badging.

The 2023 HiLux Rogue will benefit from a 140mm-wider front and rear tracks and a 20mm-taller ride height, delivering a better stance on the road, and improved on-road and off-road dynamics.

It will also introduce ventilated rear disc brakes to the current-generation HiLux range for the first time, replacing drum brakes – while the front brake discs will be made 25mm larger.

The rear disc brake upgrade brings the Toyota HiLux in line with the new-generation Ford Ranger, as well as the old and new Volkswagen Amarok, and the more affordable LDV T60, GWM Ute and SsangYong Musso.

The rest of the ute market – including the Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu D-Max and Mazda BT-50 – persist with rear drum brakes, which are cheaper, while still reasonably effective.

Toyota’s media bulletin makes no mention of the rear disc brakes – nor the upgraded front brakes – spreading to lower variants in the range, including the top-selling SR5.

However, there is no mention of any more power to make use of the new brakes, with the current HiLux’s 150kW / 500Nm 2.8-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder to carry over, with a standard six-speed automatic on the Rogue grade.

A diesel V6-powered Toyota HiLux to battle Ford’s new 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 Ranger is unlikely before the next-generation model arrives, which is expected around 2025.

To accommodate the new Rogue’s wider track widths, Toyota says the front suspension arms have been extended, the rear axle lengthened, the rear dampers brought out further towards the wheels, and for the first time on a HiLux, a rear stabilizer (anti-roll bar).

Combined with a 20 per cent increase in roll rigidity, Toyota says the updated Rogue offers “[improved] steering feel when cornering and changing lanes “

Housing the wider wheels and tires – which look to carry over from today’s Rogue, with Dunlop tires and 18-inch wheels – are wider fender flares, new mudguards, and a “front body extension”.

The current HiLux Rugged X will be axed, and a new “apex off-road model” added at a later date – with all further details to be announced “in due course”.

Above: Japanese HiLux GR Sport.

While yet to be confirmed, this new off-road flagship could wear GR Sport branding – but it is unclear which of the four GR Sport HiLux models available overseas (Japan, Thailand, Europe and South Africa) it would be based on.

Alongside the upgraded flagship variants, dual-cab versions of the Toyota HiLux SR5 will gain new safety technology – blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a 360-degree camera – in line with its ute rivals.

However, while these features are standard on every Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50 and Ford Ranger, they are only fitted to the HiLux SR5 dual-cab – as well as the Rogue above it – with cheaper WorkMate / SR models, and the SR5 Extra Cab to miss out.

Also new for the 2023 HiLux SR5 (and Rogue) dual-cabs are puddle lamps on the door mirrors – replacing heating functionality – as well as a new ID Box anti-theft immobiliser on automatic versions, replacing the steering column lock.

Meanwhile, SR extra-cab and dual-cab models gain 17-inch black alloy wheels to replace steel wheels, along with new body-colored door handles.

The 2023 Toyota HiLux range is due in Australian showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2022 (October to December). Dealers report first arrivals in October, after production begins next month.

Pricing will be confirmed closer to launch, however dealers have been warned to expect increases of between $ 600 and $ 1400.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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