Toyota Hilux - Top 10 Things to know

   
Toyota Hilux - Top 10 Things to know

Toyota Hilux: History 

The Hilux, also known as the Pick Up or Pick Up Truck in the US market, has travelled to both the North and South Poles, and while on a North Pole excursion for Summit Gear, ascended to the top of Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland's "unpronounceable mountain." 

The Hilux still holds the moniker of "the car that Top Gear couldn't wreck." It has left its imprint on automotive history and will most likely be with us for a few more decades.

Toyota Hilux: Engine

Toyota has yet to publish official powertrain details, but we expect two engines to be available. The first is the 2.4L diesel engine, which produces 150hp and is already in use in the Innova. 

The base models will be 2-wheel drive, with a 2.8L diesel engine producing 204hp, while higher-spec versions will be powered by a 2.8L diesel engine producing 204hp. This engine is currently used in the Fortuner, and Toyota will include four-wheel drive with the highest models.

Toyota Hilux: Exterior 

Hilux, like its siblings Fortuner and Innova Crysta, will be built on the IMV-2 platform. It will be about 5.3 metres long with a wheelbase of more than 3 metres, similar to its competitor V-Cross.  Toyota has a unique design with a large hexagon-shaped front grille, yanked back headlamps, and LED DRLs. The wheel arches and thick cladding contribute to the truck's toughness. The rest of the design is similar to a standard pick-up truck, but the well-cut tail lamps offer a touch of flair.

Toyota Hilux: Interior

Again, much of the Toyota Hilux's interior components will be shared with the current-generation Fortuner. As a result, we can anticipate the Hilux to be comfortable and well-equipped on the inside. Because of the huge loading bed, the rear-seat space may be a trifle tighter than in the Fortuner. The infotainment system, seats, and steering wheel are believed to be pulled from the Fortuner.

Toyota Hilux: Body

The Hilux is a large truck, as all trucks are supposed to be. It is over 500mm longer than the Fortuner, which seems modest but is actually rather large! The Toyota Hilux will be built on the same basis as the Fortuner, but it will be substantially larger. The Hilux's design will most likely emphasize on being huge and bold.

Toyota Hilux: Additional Changes 

Other enhancements to the 2017 Toyota Hilux include suspension and steering modifications such as re-tuned shock absorbers, an enhanced leaf spring design, and new bushings to make driving more comfortable while keeping the pickup truck's off-road capability. When the vehicle is in two-wheel-drive mode, the new 2021 Hilux four-wheel-drive includes a unique traction control capability that can reroute torque.

Toyota Hilux: Launch and Bookings

??The Toyota Hilux pickup will be on sale in India on January 20. Bookings for the Toyota Hilux are still open, with a booking fee of Rs 1 lakh. Hilux deliveries will begin in March of this year.

Toyota has officially launched bookings for the Hilux beginning today, with a booking fee of Rs 1 lakh. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in March. The Hilux will be assembled in India using SKD kits at Toyota's Karnataka facility.

Toyota Hilux: Competitions

In the end, the Toyota Hilux may have won some battles, but the Isuzu D-Max wins the war for everyday driving. Both bakkies have a lot to offer. We won't be able to say anything until both of them are on the same off-road patch and ready to be pushed to their limits.

Toyota Hilux: Pricing 

Because the platform is largely localised, the Hilux should be priced similarly to the Fortuner. A starting price of Rs-34-36 Lakhs is to be envisaged. The Hilux's lone rival will be the Isuzu D-Max, which starts at Rs.16.98 Lakhs (ex-showroom).

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