Released date : 1978/ 9/ 1

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Grade Standard Body_3 passengers_Deluxe Standard body_2 passengers_Deluxe Long body_3 passengers_Deluxe
Model type
Model type H-RN30-JDSJ H-RN30-KDSJ H-RN40-JDSJ
Curb mass(kg) 1055 1055 1080
Dimensions Length(mm) 4300 4300 4690
Width(mm) 1610 1610 1610
Height(mm) 1565 1565 1560
Wheelbase(mm) 2585 2585 2800
Engine Engine code 12R-J 12R-J 12R-J
Engine type In-line 4-cylinder, OHV In-line 4-cylinder, OHV In-line 4-cylinder, OHV
Displacement(cm3) 1587 1587 1587
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. -/80/5200 -/80/5200 -/80/5200
* The specifications are those of representative model grades.
* Max. output represents a net rating. In the above table, digits separated by slashes ( / / ) stand for kW, PS, and r.p.m., respectively.
* The model numbers of these vehicles are RN30, RN40.
The third-generation Hilux went on sale in September 1978. The cover of its brochure featured a photo of an orange Hilux with ornamental white side stripes, and the heading read: "Hilux California -- born in Japan, raised in the U.S.," emphasizing the versatility of the pickup truck that routinely doubled as a passenger car or a leisure vehicle in the U.S.

The third-generation model offered sedan-like specifications and equipment as well as ride comfort. The variations included three standard-length models and four long-body models. The new top-end Super Deluxe model came with an extended cab that was 90 mm longer than a standard cab, enlarging the interior space. The 1.6-liter 12R-J engine was inherited from the previous generation. The double wishbone front suspension remained unchanged, except that the coil springs were replaced with a torsion bar. Front disc brakes were standard-equipped on the Deluxe grade models and above.

The tailgate with an embossed Toyota logo was available as an option. In October 1979, the first 4-wheel-drive model was introduced to the Hilux line, fitted with a 2-liter engine (18R-J). In December, a diesel engine (Type L) was made available to rear-wheel-drive models, which was also the first for the Hilux. In a minor makeover in October 1981, a double-cab model with two rows of seats was introduced for leisure use. Throughout this model generation, the Hilux significantly expanded its model variations.
Plant Tahara plant, Hamura plant(Hino Motors, Ltd.)
"Hilux" is a combination of "high" and "luxury."

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