There was a time when if you wanted a new pickup you'd head to your nearest Toyota dealer and simply order a Hilux. Trouble is, other manufacturers have since cottoned on, and with even Mercedes getting in on the act, Toyota has to keep ahead of the curve or risk losing their most utilitarian crown.
Before we get too far into the nitty gritty of whether Toyota's latest iteration of its long-lived pick-up is any good, I ought to make an admission: I already own a Hilux. It's a 2012 model, and although it's been largely dependable it's up for replacement. Trouble is, this segment is now packed with a commendable selection of rivals, so the Hilux has its work cut out to stay ahead of the curve.
Watch our review of the 2013 Toyota Hilux.
The venerable Toyota Hilux Invincible is set to receive a series of styling tweaks later this year, with the addition of two new Invincible models - the Invincible Active and Invincible Sport.
The Toyota Hilux, as we all know, is nigh-on indestructible. They've been blown up, dropped, drowned and squashed, but still they refuse to die. Since then,they've also been to the South Pole, Iceland's Eyjafallajökull volcano just before its eruption brought chaos to the skies of Europe, and conquered Antarctica with the aid of jet fuel. Indeed, the top-selling model in the UK line-up was named - the Invincible - in honour of its achievements. For 2012, the Toyota Hilux received a restyle to bring it into line with the rest of the Toyota range, as well as a few revisions to its engines, interior and trim levels. Externally, the 2012 model features a new bonnet, radiator grille, headlamps and bumper - essentially, everything forward of the A-pillar - together with door mirrors (now heated, finally!) with integrated indicators, new alloy wheel designs and new side bars for the top-of-the-range Invincible model.
A standard Toyota Hilux towed a stranded HGV up a slippery stretch of road, after it became stuck in the icy conditions while attempting to deliver to a Sainsbury's supermarket
Toyota’s redoubtable Hilux continues to push the boundaries of extreme endurance, completing a marathon Antarctic journey of more than 5,900 miles, further than any vehicle of its type has managed before
The Toyota Hilux has been given a new look and new hi-tech features for 2012 - it's had a new bonnet, grille, headlamps and bumper, plus new wheel designs, a new interior and the addition of a diesel particulate filter (DPF)
A Toyota Hilux took on the ice and fire of Iceland’s Eyjafallajökull volcano, just hours before its eruption brought chaos to the skies of Europe
The Toyota Hilux has completed a journey across Antarctica to the South Pole while supporting the Amundsen Omega3 South Pole Race, often while towing loads of up to 2.5 tonnes
The Toyota Hilux pick-up is set to benefit from a raft of styling, technical and equipment upgrades to 2009, including the option of a new five-speed automatic transmission
The New Toyota Hilux Invincible 200 Double Cab is equipped with a Toyota Motor Sport diesel engine performance kit that boosts the power of the 3.0-litre D-4D engine from 169 to 194bhp and maximum torque from 253lb/ft to 317lb/ft