Bangalore: Toyota Kirloskar Motor unveiled the Hilux pickup truck which is all set to roar in the Indian market after building a huge and rich legacy for itself in several global markets over several decades. Bookings are open for India.
Hilux is a pick-up truck that has been around since the late 1960s and periodic updates and consistent popularity has meant that the Hilux has kept itself not just relevant but popular too.
In recent times, the Hilux has received some very big updates that make the vehicle not just a capable machine on roads less traveled but one that also offers a high degree of passenger comfort and some contemporary features. Coupled with its imposing road presence, these continue to auger well for the vehicle.
Exterior of Toyota Hilux
For starters, you’ll get a Innova Crysta sense in the larger hexagonal grille flanked by sweptback LED headlamps with LED DRLs, though it’s not very predominant. The new bumper too looks very tall and angular and gels well with its butch face. Then the 18-inch alloy wheels, flared wheel arches, side-step, body cladding very aptly maintain that rugged sense that make a SUV so desirable and elements like LED taillights and blacked out wing mirrors and pillar add to its urban appeal.
Interior of Toyota Hilux
Now it’s on the inside where the Hilux seems very relatable to the Toyota Fortuner facelift currently on sale in the Indian market. It gets an all-black cabin where the layout seems inspired by the Fortuner’s interior. In terms of creature comforts it gets an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an eight-speaker JBL sound system, ventilated seats, cruise control, eight-way electrically adjustable front seats, app-based connected car tech and wireless charger among others.
Toyota Hilux Engine
Under the hood, the Toyota Hilux will source the same 2.8-litre, four-cylinder, diesel engine from the Fortuner that develops 201 bhp and 420 Nm of peak torque in the manual variant, while the automatic variant makes 500 Nm of peak torque. The carmaker will be offering the Hilux only in the 4×4 versions and the SUV comes equipped with all drive-assist features that we expect in an off-roader including hill-assist, brake assist, hill descent control and electronic stability program (ESP), limited-slip differential, differential lock and has water wading capacity of 700 mm.
Toyota Hilux Rivals
The Toyota Hilux will be sold in India as a SKD unit and will be locally assembled at Toyota’s Bidadi plant in Karnataka with a localisation level of 30 per cent. It will rival the likes of the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross lifestyle pickup truck in our market.