On-road comfort and drivability have been improved through changes to the suspension and power steering systems and retuning of the shock absorbers.
The rear suspension system comprises tough and durable leaf springs with twin shock absorbers, with performance revised to achieve SUV-like comfort and stability in on-road driving and a high level of off-road articulation capability.
The improved leaf spring design features a helper leaf contact point, with the main leaf extended by around six per cent, reduction of the vertical spring constant and optimised bushing. The rear shackle bush has a new self-lubricating rubber which reduces friction and makes the suspension stroke easier. The result is a smoother ride, with less impact when driving over steps and holes in the road surface.
The variable flow control power steering gives good steering feel and helps fuel economy, with lighter steering for easier manoeuvrability at low speeds and more weight at higher speeds for better control and driver confidence. When Hilux is being driven straight ahead, with no turning angle, the system enters a standby mode, which reduces steering pump torque and helps save fuel.