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Enhancing the 'Unbreakable' HiLux: V-Active 48V Technology and Other Upgrades

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Enhancing the 'Unbreakable' HiLux: V-Active 48V Technology and Other Upgrades 

Toyota has introduced V-Active technology to the “unbreakable” HiLux to deliver better fuel efficiency and improved smoothness, response and off-road prowess.

V-Active technology provides electric assistance to the powerful 150kW/500Nm HiLux 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine on select 4x4 automatic double-cab grades.

2024 HiLux Rogue 4x4 double-cab with V-Active Technology

Fuel economy

Fuel consumption gains of up to 9.5 per cent1 are achieved by combining outputs from the engine and six-speed automatic transmission with a 48V electric motor-generator, 48V lithium-ion battery and idle-stop system.

The 48-Volt technology delivers smoother, quieter yet more responsive performance and reduces engine load under acceleration, particularly from a standstill. Efficiency also benefits from a reduction in idling speed from 720rpm to 600rpm.


The engine uses a belt system to drive the compact motor-generator that charges the 48V lithium battery, which is installed under the rear seats. It comprises 13 cells with a capacity of 4.3Ah and weighs just 7.6kg.

The system can send up to 8.4kW of power and 65 Nm of torque through the motor-generator to assist the engine. The 48V battery also supplies the vehicle’s 12V system through a new DC/DC converter.

2024 HiLux SR5 4x4 double-cab with V-Active Technology

Regenerative braking

A new two-arm belt tensioner and stronger belt material contribute to improved drivability and a quieter drive while retaining the durability for which HiLux is renowned.

Deceleration and braking energy that would otherwise be lost is converted into electricity and stored in the 48V battery for later use.

Hydraulic braking combined with regenerative braking creates a more effective and natural deceleration feel and supports safer downhill manoeuvring.

Idle-stop system

The idle-stop system, as well as saving fuel, delivers smooth, quiet engine restarts because the motor generator is constantly connected to the engine. Unlike conventional systems, it does not use the starter motor.

In addition to the “normal” idle-stop mode, a selectable “long” mode can provide extended engine shut-off while the vehicle is stationary, contributing to fuel efficiency.

Restarting the engine on inclines is seamless with the system retaining brake pressure until enough drive force is generated to offer smooth acceleration.

2024 HiLux SR 4x4 double-cab with V-Active Technology

Off-road modes

For the first time on a HiLux, V-Active technology variants are paired with a six-mode Multi-Terrain Select to further enhance the model’s excellent off-road ability. This provides tailored traction control for a range of road surfaces: auto, sand and mud (low and high range), deep snow and dirt (high range), and rock (low range).

HiLux variants with V-Active technology retain the same 3,500kg braked towing capacity2 and 5,850kg gross combined mass3 as the rest of the HiLux 4x4 range.

Tailgate damper and other upgrades

Other updates for HiLux include a tailgate damper with gas strut and steel cable on pick-up variants, making loading and unloading easier.

Styling enhancements create a more dynamic look with a redesigned front fascia and a new black honeycomb grille applied to most variants.

SR double-cab grades with automatic transmission add front and rear parking sensors4, while SR5 double-cab automatic grades and above gain a wireless charger5 and two rear USB-C ports for additional device charging capability.

The introduction of V-Active 48V Technology in the HiLux range showcases Toyota's commitment to excellence through innovation. The latest powertrain improvements continue to bolster the 'unbreakable' HiLux reputation that has been built over decades of development.

Drop into a Motorama Toyota showroom to learn more about Toyota's V-Active 48V Technology and test drive one of the latest models in the HiLux range today.

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  1. Results produced in laboratory test conditions, using sample vehicles without fitment of accessories/customisation, and do not reflect real world driving. Figures should be used for comparative purposes only.
  2. Towing capacity subject to regulatory requirements, and vehicle & equipment design limitations. Ask your dealer for more information, including Toyota Genuine towbar capacity and availability.
  3. Weights/mass/volumes/dimensions are approximate and subject to individual vehicle variances, and should be confirmed before fitting any accessories, towing or otherwise relying on this value.
  4. Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner’s Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
  5. Only Qi-supported devices compatible. Refer to device manufacturer. May require additional purchase of accessory to support wireless charging.
  6. Manufacturer’s recommended retail prices provided for media purposes only. Statutory charges or other on-road costs not included. On-road costs may vary from State to State and can be found by contacting the relevant government authority. Optional colours or features at additional cost.
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