Leaked patent images of the next-gen Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck in the US have provided a glimpse of what the 2025 Toyota HiLux could look like.
This isn’t the next Toyota HiLux – but leaked patent images of the related Toyota Tacoma pick-up in the US give a glimpse of what we can expect for the successor to Australia’s best-selling vehicle in 2025.
The next-generation Toyota Tacoma pickup is slightly larger than a Toyota HiLux, but is expected to share its DNA and core components.
The smaller brother of the big Toyota Tundra pick-up in the US – which will arrive in Australian showrooms later this year if a local factory-supported conversion program proves successful – is expected to be more closely related to the Toyota HiLux than ever previously after the Japanese auto giant made the decision to streamline its heavy-duty SUVs.
The overhaul means the latest Toyota Tundra and next-generation Toyota Tacoma and Toyota HiLux are expected to have more in common – including the core frame and electronic architecture on which they are based.
Bringing Toyota’s three best-selling pickups around the world closer together creates economies of scale, but it also means that the HiLux will likely get an even tougher and more capable chassis.
Pickup truck crash standards are more stringent in the US than in Europe and Australia, which means the next-gen Toyota HiLux is likely to have high-performance upgrades baked into its structure.
Toyota calls the new high-performance frame (or chassis) TNGA-F (Toyota New Generation Architecture – Frame).
The leaked patent images show that the upcoming Toyota Tacoma looks almost identical to the electric pickup Toyota teased in a presentation about its future vehicles in Japan last year.
The images also show that the new Toyota Tacoma borrows the bold styling theme first seen on the Toyota Tundra.
While the 2025 Toyota HiLux is expected to share its DNA with the upcoming Toyota Tacoma, it’s possible that the Toyota HiLux could adopt a unique design.
However, there is also speculation that the Toyota HiLux could inherit some of the rugged looks of the Tacoma and Tundra.
We’ll have to wait until around mid-2025 to find out – because that’s the 10th anniversary when the current-generation Toyota HiLux went on sale.
Most double cabs have a 10-year life cycle before being replaced by a new model, and history shows that Toyota has usually stuck to that schedule.
Meanwhile, Toyota has invested heavily in major upgrades to the HiLux to keep it fresh amid the newer competition.
This makes the Toyota HiLux one of the oldest vehicles in the Ute segment, along with the Mitsubishi Triton and the Nissan Navara (both of which are to be replaced by new models within the next 18 months).
Despite its age, the Toyota HiLux continues to dominate the local ute segment – and has been Australia’s best-selling vehicle for seven years running.
It’s the first time in Australian motoring history that a Ute has topped the sales charts – and for so long.
While demand for the Toyota HiLux remains strong for now – amid recent upgrades to the Toyota HiLux Rogue and the arrival of the Toyota HiLux GR Sport later this year – the vehicle faces an uphill battle in the run-up to its replacement.
Before the next Toyota HiLux arrives, the current model will be the oldest vehicle in the segment.
So there’s going to be a lot going on on the next Toyota HiLux – and it can’t come soon enough.