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Toyota HiLux BEV makes official debut in Australia, Tundra leased for local evaluation

Toyota bZ4X, next-gen C-HR, electric HiLux showcased as part of future product presentation

Remember the electric Toyota HiLux BEV Concept that was spotted on the docks in Perth a few weeks ago? Well, this explains it.

Toyota Australia showcased the concept as part of a special presentation this week, previewing future models. Although, it describes the HiLux BEV as a “future potential” pickup. It is also here to take part in local testing and evaluation. In a statement, Toyota said the concept hints at the future of the HiLux.

“The HiLux Revo BEV Concept is in Australia to take part in testing and evaluation on local soil to help further the development of alternative powertrain technologies in Australia’s favourite vehicle,” Toyota said.

No specifications have been revealed on the electric ute so far, even since its original debut in Thailand last year. Toyota simply says it features a two-wheel drive powertrain and a battery “designed for short-range” use.

Exhibited alongside the HiLux BEV, Toyota is also showcasing its upcoming fully electric bZ4X SUV. This new model, sharing its platform and many components with the upcoming Subaru Solterra, is scheduled to arrive in Australia early in 2024.

Overseas, the bZ4X uses a 71.4kWh battery to power one or two electric motors, with up to 150kW in front-wheel drive form and 160kW in all-wheel drive. It’s based on the e-TNGA platform, which is Toyota’s electric interpretation of the TNGA.

The next-gen C-HR is also being showcased locally, wearing an all-new exterior design and featuring a new 1.8-litre hybrid, and 2.0-litre all-wheel drive hybrid for the GR Sport variant. It’s set to go on sale locally in early 2024 as well.

Other new models on the horizon from Toyota Australia include the 2024 70 Series LandCruiser, the mild-hybrid 2024 HiLux, and the Toyota Tundra.

Around 300 examples of the Tundra are being converted to right-hand drive for Toyota by Walkinshaw Group. These will be leased to potential customers and evaluated ahead of a potential showroom arrival in the near future.

Brett Davis

Brett started out as a motor mechanic but eventually became frustrated working on cars that weren't his. He then earned a degree in journalism and scored a job at Top Gear Australia back in 2008, and then worked at Zoom/Extreme Performance magazines, CarAdvice, and started PerformanceDrive/PDriveTV in 2011 with Josh Bennis, and ran it for 12 years. He's now the owner and managing editor here at Driving Enthusiast.

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