2025 Toyota HiLux Adds Mild Hybrid Tech, Gets Sharper Look

The Toyota HiLux Ute remains one of the best-selling cars in Australia, but with the impending New Vehicle Efficiency Standard (NVES) the new facelifted version is gaining a 48-volt mild-hybrid system to offset its fuel consumption. Toyota is claiming a 10 per cent reduction in fuel consumption thanks to a small electric motor and a 48-volt battery, but since it cannot be driven by electric power solely, it would not be called a Hybrid.

Instead, the brand is simply calling it ‘V-Active Technology’. We think it’s an effort to avoid annoying EV-adverse tradies because Toyota does call the new Hilux a mild hybrid overseas.

2025 toyota hilux adds mild hybrid tech, gets sharper look

2025 Toyota HiLux Hybrid 48v | Image: Toyota

Added to the 2.8-litre turbo diesel powertrain, this mild-hybrid system is enabled with an auto engine stop-start feature which turns off the engine when at traffic lights to save fuel while re-starts are also done in a ‘quieter’ manner as compared to the non-hybrid version. The idling speed is also lower and there’s a small amount of boost to the engine in the form of an additional 16bhp and 65Nm.

The SR5 and the Rogue trims have this system as standard along with a ‘Multi-Terrain Select’ off-road feature which has Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow and Auto modes.

Prices for the V-Active version have crept up by around AUD$1,000 across the line-up, but the addition of extra features like dual-zone automatic climate control and wireless charging does offset the price increase over the standard models without this MHEV system.

2025 toyota hilux adds mild hybrid tech, gets sharper look

2025 Toyota HiLux Hybrid 48v | Image: Toyota

Also, concerns regarding the off-road ability of the Hilux with this new mild-hybrid have been thought of with the motor unit being positioned higher up in the engine bay.

Visually, the HiLux has received another nip and tuck with a black mesh grille and new darkened headlamps while the mirrors, door handles and fog lights have a gloss black finish.

Set to be rolling into showrooms sometime in the next 12 months, the 2024 HiLux V-Active range now starts at AUD$54,130 with a AUD$1,000 premium for the mild-hybrid tech.

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2025 toyota hilux adds mild hybrid tech, gets sharper look

2025 Toyota HiLux Hybrid 48v | Image: Toyota

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