The midsize truck segment is suddenly seemingly exploding with new vehicles worldwide, even here in North America. Not only will the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon be available very soon, Toyota is already testing a replacement for its aging Tacoma and Honda has promised a Ridgeline replacement within the next 18 months. Also, the recently shown Nissan Navara is said to portend the future of our Frontier. Here's some more fresh evidence from Europe of this pickup boom with the next generation of its venerable Hilux in testing.
Thanks to Top Gear and sometimes the evening news,
the Hilux has built a reputation of being able to go just about
anywhere. According to out spy shooter, this particular pickup was
spotted during hot weather testing in southern Europe. Interestingly, a Volkswagen Amarok
was along for the ride as a benchmark. Because the VW tends to offer a
bit more comfort than the generally utilitarian Hilux, this could
indicate Toyota is considering taking the new truck in a slightly
comfier, more refined direction.
Compared to the current model, this camouflaged tester sports a narrower
front grille and headlights. The hood scoop is also absent here.
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